An Evening of Culture: Brighton

The beautiful seaside resort of Brighton rarely sleeps. With a massive nightlife reputation, fantastic beach and pier fun and an abundance of shows and tours stopping off at its multiple live entertainment venues, Brighton is a perfect city for a stopover or weekend break.

The Brighton Theatre Royal is a wonderful, Grade II listed theatre in the heart of the resort and offers a whole host of shows throughout the year. Whether it’s a touring production, a hilarious comedy or a musical that you fancy, the Theatre Royal is sure to provide. Their rich programme continues to present a diverse range of shows, often bringing household names to the stage for your enjoyment.

The eponymous Pub Landlord, Al Murray will be bringing his latest tour, The Only Way is Epic, to the Theatre Royal on the 30th of September. Murray returns with his buffoonery that ensures you’re always looking at a half-full pint rather than a half-empty one. Tickets are £26.50 and can be bought from the recommended retailer now.

The Dickens classic, Great Expectations arrives on stage during October. Graham McLaren’s lavish debacle brings the well known literary characters to life. Starring Jack Ellis (Bad Girls, Coronation Street) and Chris Ellison (The Bill), tickets cost as little as £10 and will definitely be worth viewing if you get the chance.

During the 59-year history of soul legends, The Drifters, there have been a record 65 different musicians in the lineup. Following their triumphant tour, Up on the Roof, they return to Brighton to perform classic hits as well as showcasing some of their new material. They arrive at the Royal on 14th October.

Sticking with music, the amazing tribute to the rock giants, Queen, is also at the Royal in October. Mercury, starring Joseph Lee Jackson as the frontman, Freddie, and Glenn Scrimshaw as the guitar legend, Brian May, head this world class commemoration of one of the best rock bands ever to come out of the UK. Truly captivating and absolutely worth the meagre £17 ticket price.

The English Touring Theatre arrives at the Royal with their play, The Sacred Flame in October. Screenplay by W Somerset Maugham and directed by Matthew Dunster, this murder mystery with romantic twist explores devotion and love as well as having a thrilling edge.

One for the girls, the Vagina Monologues is back. Starring an all new cast, including the feisty Vicky Entwistle (Janice, from Corrie), this West End smash is absolutely unmissable. Bring your mates to see this raucous production. Eve Ensler is a master at her craft and the Vagina Monologues is about as brutally honest as you’ll get.

If the beauty of ballet enthrals you, be sure to check out the Moscow City Ballet’s interpretation of The Nutcracker, in November. This outstanding production, with amazing choreography and familiar score, will bring Tchaikovsky’s work of art back to the forefront of any theatre-goers mind.

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