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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.

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

Tue 26
Jun 2018
Theatre Workshop Course
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Fri 29 - Fri 20
Jun 2018   Jul 2018
Age Is A Stage Course 2018
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Sun 01
Jul 2018
Some Guys Have All the Luck - The Rod Stewart Story
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Wed 04 - Thu 05
Jul 2018   Jul 2018
Teletubbies Live
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Wed 04
Jul 2018
Skips After School Club - Hocus Pocus
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

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

Sat 07
Jul 2018
Stories with Skip July 2018
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Sat 07 - Sat 24
Jul 2018   Nov 2018
Theatre Tour
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

Sun 15
Jul 2018
Making Memories
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

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

Sun 22
Jul 2018
The Glenn Miller Orchestra
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Thu 26
Jul 2018
Blame It On Bianca Del Rio
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Sun 29
Jul 2018
An Evening With Brian Blessed
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Mon 06
Aug 2018
The Powder Room presents: 10s Across the Board
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Tue 07
Aug 2018
The Drifters
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Wed 08
Aug 2018
Hello Again Neil Diamond
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Thu 09
Aug 2018
That'll 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 12 - Mon 13
Aug 2018   Aug 2018
The Secret Life of Fairies
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Mon 20 - Tue 21
Aug 2018   Aug 2018
Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Fri 24
Aug 2018
The Powder Room presents: An Evening with Alaska
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

Tue 28
Aug 2018
West End Comedy Theatre Workshop
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Sun 02
Sep 2018
The Carpenters Story
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Wed 05 - Sat 08
Sep 2018   Sep 2018
Salad Days
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Sat 08
Sep 2018
Stories with Skip - Dinosaur Day!
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Tue 11 - Sat 15
Sep 2018   Sep 2018
The Habit of Art
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Wed 12
Sep 2018
Skips After School Club - Squishies
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Thu 20 - Sat 29
Sep 2018   Sep 2018
Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Sat 22
Sep 2018
Skips Club Family Workshop - Peter Pan
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Wed 26
Sep 2018
Skips After School Club - Dragons & Unicorns
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

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

Thu 04 - Sat 06
Oct 2018   Oct 2018
Private Peaceful
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Sat 06
Oct 2018
Stories with Skip - On The Farm
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

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

Tue 09
Oct 2018
Richard Alston Pre-Show Talk Oct 2018
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Tue 09
Oct 2018
Richard Alston Dance Company
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Wed 10
Oct 2018
Skips After School Club - Aliens in Space
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Wed 10
Oct 2018
Killer Queen
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Thu 11
Oct 2018
Islands In The Stream
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Fri 12
Oct 2018
The Musical Box
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Sat 13 - Sun 14
Oct 2018   Oct 2018
Little Baby Bum
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Mon 15 - Sat 20
Oct 2018   Oct 2018
Rain Man
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Wed 17
Oct 2018
Skips After School Club - Witches & Wizards
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Sat 20
Oct 2018
Skips Club Family Workshop - Monster Mash
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Sun 21
Oct 2018
The Matt Monro Story
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Fri 26
Oct 2018
Harry Hill’s KIDZ SHOW: How To Be Funny - For KIDS!
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Sun 28
Oct 2018
Neil Oliver - The Story of The British Isles in 100 places
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

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

Sat 03
Nov 2018
Stories with Skip - In Space
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

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

Wed 07
Nov 2018
Skips After School Club - Light & Shadow
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Tue 13 - Sat 17
Nov 2018   Nov 2018
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Sat 17
Nov 2018
Skips Club Family Workshop - Winter in Narnia
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Mon 19 - Sat 24
Nov 2018   Nov 2018
Trial by Laughter
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Wed 21
Nov 2018
Skips After School Club - Glitter, Sparkles & Glow in The Dark
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

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

Mon 26
Nov 2018
Camille O'Sullivan
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Thu 29
Nov 2018
Whitney - Queen of the Night
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Fri 30
Nov 2018
One Night of Elvis: Lee 'Memphis' King
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Sat 01
Dec 2018
Stories with Skip - Winter Wonderland
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Sat 01
Dec 2018
ABBA Mania
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Sun 02
Dec 2018
An Evening with Aggers & Tuffers
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Tue 04 - Sat 08
Dec 2018   Dec 2018
Madagascar The Musical
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Sat 08
Dec 2018
Skips Club Family Workshop - Making Madagascar
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Fri 14 - Sat 05
Dec 2018   Jan 2019
The Rocky Horror Show
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Sun 16 - Wed 02
Dec 2018   Jan 2019
Nellie Limelight and the Oysters of Time
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Wed 30 - Sat 02
Jan 2019   Feb 2019
Horrible Histories - Awful Egyptians
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Wed 30 - Sat 02
Jan 2019   Feb 2019
Horrible Histories - Terrible Tudors
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Mon 04
Feb 2019
Russian State Ballet of Siberia - La Fille Mal Gardee
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Tue 05
Feb 2019
Russian State Ballet of Siberia - Swan Lake
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Wed 06
Feb 2019
Russian State Ballet of Siberia - Nutcracker
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Thu 07
Feb 2019
Hancock's Half Hour
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Mon 25 - Sat 02
Feb 2019   Mar 2019
Benidorm
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Mon 04 - Sat 09
Mar 2019   Mar 2019
The House on Cold Hill
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Tue 19 - Sat 23
Mar 2019   Mar 2019
Noughts and Crosses
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Mon 25 - Sat 30
Mar 2019   Mar 2019
Club Tropicana
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Sun 31
Mar 2019
An Evening with Katya Zamolodchikova
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Mon 01
Apr 2019
Woman to Woman - Judie Tzuke, Julia Fordham and Beverley Craven
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Tue 16 - Sat 20
Apr 2019   Apr 2019
American Idiot
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Mon 22 - Sat 27
Apr 2019   Apr 2019
Glengarry Glen Ross
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Tue 04 - Sat 08
Jun 2019   Jun 2019
Avenue Q
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton