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Theatre Royal Brighton

Theatre Royal Brighton

Theatre Royal Brighton Overview

This important grade II listed building is one of the oldest working theatres in the country with an exquisite example of a regency auditorium. With a collection of historic buildings that surround the stage house, it a fine example of a Theatre that has evolved over the last two hundred years.

Theatre in Brighton started in 1766 at Barn Hall in Brighthelmstone, a village soon to become Brighton. Theatregoers were to patronise two other buildings in the city before The Prince of Wales gave his Royal Assent for the building of a new Theatre Royal Brighton on its present site in the summer of 1806. The Theatre first opened its doors to the public on Saturday June 27 1807 with a performance of Hamlet and The Weather Cock starring Charles Kemble of Drury Lane.

For the first 50 years, the Theatre suffered very mixed fortunes with no single manager lasting more than 18 months and with the risk of financial ruin never very far away. In 1854 an actor Henry John Nye Chart arrived, took over the management of the Theatre and turned its fortunes and reputation around. He embarked on an extensive expansion and renovation programme with renowned Theatre architect Charles James Phipps. As an actor Nye Chart had been somewhat unremarkable however his success was to turn an insignificant and disreputable playhouse into a nationally respected institution and he was one of the great actor-managers of the late nineteenth century.

When Nye Chart died in 1876, his wife Ellen Elizabeth Nye Chart took over the management; with considerable flair and imagination she secured the Theatre’s national reputation as one of the most prestigious venues outside of London. She introduced the matinee and gave tickets for the annual Christmas pantomimes to inmates of the Workhouses. Her legacy was to be one of the first women theatre managers with pioneering audience development skills. By the end of the nineteenth century Theatre Royal Brighton had established itself as The Actors Theatre where every major actor including the Kemble & Siddon Families, Sarah Bernhardt, Edmund Kean, David Garrick and Sir Henry Irving graced the stage.

Through the twentieth century the Theatre grew in stature and national reputation. International playwright Ibsen premiered a UK production of The Doll’s House at the Theatre. Later Rattigan, Coward and Orton plays opened as a try out date before a London West End run. The Redgrave Family, Lord Olivier, John Gielgud, Marlene Dietrich, Dame Margot Fonteyn, Rex Harrison, Dame Judy Dench and Paul Scofield are but a few of the stars who performed on the famous stage.

At the dawn of the 21st century there was a new chapter of the Theatre's history; the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), purchased Theatre Royal Brighton. The company has invested in the infrastructure of the building and high quality productions. Theatre Royal Brighton Productions was launched to produce productions made in Brighton for new audiences, tour nationally and play in the West End. The organisation has exciting creative alliances with Rambert Dance Company, English Touring Theatre Company and Brighton Festival. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre Company and the National Theatre have opened prestigious regional tours and in the last decade the Theatre has opened a record number of productions to tour and en route for the West End. In 2007, the city celebrated the Theatre’s 200th Birthday with a year of exciting events; the highlight was a Royal Visit by Her Majesty the Queen who renamed a Box in the Theatre; The Queen Elizabeth II Box. Theatre Royal Brighton has a bright future as it starts a third century of entertaining audiences of all ages.

Tue 16
Jan 2018
Circus of Horrors
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Wed 17
Jan 2018
Someone Like You - The Adele Songbook
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Thu 18
Jan 2018
How do you make a Snowman
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Sat 20
Jan 2018
Skip's Club Family Workshop - The Cat in the Hat
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Sat 20 - Sat 24
Jan 2018   Nov 2018
Theatre Tour
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Sat 20 - Sun 21
Jan 2018   Jan 2018
Peppa Pig's Adventure
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Tue 23 - Tue 20
Jan 2018   Mar 2018
Theatre Workshop Course
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Wed 24
Jan 2018
Skips After School Club - Narnia
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Wed 24 - Sun 28
Jan 2018   Jan 2018
The Snowman
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Mon 29
Jan 2018
Greg Davies: You Magnificent Beast
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Wed 31
Jan 2018
Totally Tina
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Thu 01
Feb 2018
You've Got a Friend: The Music of James Taylor and Carole King
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Fri 02
Feb 2018
The Johnny Cash Roadshow
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Sat 03
Feb 2018
Stories With Skip 3rd February 2018
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Sun 04
Feb 2018
An Evening with Katya Zamolodchikova
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Mon 05
Feb 2018
An Evening with Boycott & Aggers
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Tue 06
Feb 2018
Jon Richardson and Friends
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Wed 07
Feb 2018
Skips After School Club - Dragons
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Thu 08
Feb 2018
An Evening with Peter James
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Fri 09
Feb 2018
The Rocket Man - A Tribute to Sir Elton John
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Sat 10
Feb 2018
A Vision of Elvis
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Sun 11
Feb 2018
Sing-a-Long-a Beauty and the Beast
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Wed 14
Feb 2018
Menopause: The Musical
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Thu 15
Feb 2018
Ed Byrne: Spoiler Alert
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Fri 16
Feb 2018
Vampires Rock: The Ghost Train
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Sat 17
Feb 2018
Skip's Family Workshop - Mary Poppins
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Sat 17
Feb 2018
The Chicago Blues Brothers
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Sun 18
Feb 2018
Suggs - What A King Cnut: A Life In The Realm of Madness...
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Mon 19
Feb 2018
Russian State Ballet of Siberia's Romeo and Juliet
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Tue 20
Feb 2018
Russian State Ballet of Siberia's Cinderella
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Wed 21
Feb 2018
Russian State Ballet of Siberia's Swan Lake
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Wed 21
Feb 2018
Skips After School Club - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Thu 22
Feb 2018
Showaddywaddy
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Fri 23
Feb 2018
Thank You for The Music - The ultimate tribute to ABBA & the Bee Gees
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Sat 24
Feb 2018
Soul Legends
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Sun 25
Feb 2018
An Audience with Nick Gillard
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Tue 27 - Sat 03
Feb 2018   Mar 2018
George's Marvellous Medicine
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Sat 03
Mar 2018
Stories With Skip 3rd March 2018
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Sun 04
Mar 2018
An Audience with Katie Price
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Tue 06 - Sat 10
Mar 2018   Mar 2018
Brighton Rock
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Wed 07
Mar 2018
Skips After School Club - Faerie & Elfin School
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Sun 11
Mar 2018
Jackson Live in Concert - Who's Bad
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Mon 12 - Sat 17
Mar 2018   Mar 2018
Of Mice and Men
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Sat 17
Mar 2018
Skip's Family Workshop - Alice In Wonderland
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Sun 18
Mar 2018
The Little Mix Experience
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Mon 19
Mar 2018
Football Legends Live! - Peter Shilton, Jimmy Case and Ray Wilkins Presented by Mark Lawrenson of BBC Match of The Day
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Wed 21
Mar 2018
Skips After School Club - Super Heroes
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Wed 21 - Sat 24
Mar 2018   Mar 2018
Rambert
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Sun 25
Mar 2018
The Rolling Stones Story
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Mon 26 - Sat 31
Mar 2018   Mar 2018
Quartet
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Sun 08
Apr 2018
T.Rextasy
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Mon 09 - Sat 14
Apr 2018   Apr 2018
Flashdance
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Tue 17 - Sat 21
Apr 2018   Apr 2018
Son of a Preacher Man
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Mon 23 - Sat 28
Apr 2018   Apr 2018
The Winslow Boy
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Mon 30
Apr 2018
An Evening With Paul Gambaccini
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Tue 01
May 2018
Ellen Kent's La Traviata
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Wed 02
May 2018
Ellen Kent: Madama Butterfly
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Thu 03
May 2018
Seven Drunken Nights: The Story of the Dubliners
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Fri 04
May 2018
From Boudica to Beyoncé - Classic Women with Mary Beard & Natalie Haynes
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Sat 05
May 2018
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Sun 06
May 2018
Count Arthur Strong
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Tue 29 - Sat 02
May 2018   Jun 2018
Crazy For You
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Sun 03
Jun 2018
Les Musicals
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Mon 04
Jun 2018
My Dad Wrote A Porno Live
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Wed 06 - Sat 09
Jun 2018   Jun 2018
Awful Auntie
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Mon 11 - Sat 16
Jun 2018   Jun 2018
Legally Blonde The Musical
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Sun 17
Jun 2018
David Baddiel - My Family: Not The Sitcom
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Tue 19 - Sat 23
Jun 2018   Jun 2018
Iolanthe
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Mon 25 - Sat 30
Jun 2018   Jun 2018
The Case of the Frightened Lady
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Wed 04 - Thu 05
Jul 2018   Jul 2018
Teletubbies: Big Hugs
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Fri 06
Jul 2018
Chris Ramsey Live
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Sat 07
Jul 2018
The Illegal Eagles
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Sun 08
Jul 2018
Motown's Greatest Hits: How Sweet It Is
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Mon 09 - Sat 14
Jul 2018   Jul 2018
This Is Elvis
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Tue 17 - Sat 21
Jul 2018   Jul 2018
Summer Holiday
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Thu 09
Aug 2018
Thatll Be The Day
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Fri 10
Aug 2018
The Dreamboys
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Sat 11
Aug 2018
Fastlove - A Tribute to George Michael
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Sun 26
Aug 2018
Jane McDonald
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Mon 27 - Sat 01
Aug 2018   Sep 2018
The Play That Goes Wrong
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Thu 20 - Sat 29
Sep 2018   Sep 2018
Dirty Dancing
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Sun 30
Sep 2018
At Last: The Etta James Story
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Sun 07
Oct 2018
The Goon Show
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Tue 30 - Sat 03
Oct 2018   Nov 2018
Evita
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Mon 05 - Sat 10
Nov 2018   Nov 2018
Fame the Musical
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Sun 25
Nov 2018
An Audience with Simon Reeve
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Tue 04 - Sat 08
Dec 2018   Dec 2018
Madagascar – A Musical Adventure
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton