Just because one of our most beloved festivals is over for this year, that doesn’t mean that the spirit of theater has left Brighton entirely! There still are some exciting plays worth checking out this month! Here is our little selection of what not to miss on the city’s stages!
The classic as an all male version!
With music composed by Sullivan and Gilbert, “The Mikado” counts as one of the most popular operas ever written. It takes us to the exotic land of Titipu, created as a satire of British institutions and politics. Sasha Raegan and his company have transformed the classic into a brilliant all male camp version.
With their school boy camp setting, they have taken over the stage of Brighton’s Theatre Royal. Performances run every day at 7.45 pm until this Saturday. On Thursday and Saturday, there will be an additional show at 2.30 pm.
Experiences of an ex-soldier!
Tom Atkins has served as a soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan. Coming back, his observations of everyday life have drastically changed. Sometimes comic, sometimes violent, he points out the absurdity an ex-soldier can discover in normal situations such as a trip to IKEA, while learning to handle a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Very believable and engaging, “Shell Shock” will surely get you thinking!
Performances will run from Tuesday, June 20, until Thursday, June 22, at 8 pm at The Old Market.
Waiting for God to call you!
Next Wednesday, the stage of Brighton’s Rialto Theatre will turn into “God’s Waiting Room” with a charity performance of the play written by Karen Bartholomew. “God’s Waiting Room” is the story of the sisters Stella and Connie watching her mother slowly die away. Although the subject is quite serious, this ‘end of life comedy’ definitely is less tragic than hilarious. If it makes you cry, then probably because you have to laugh so hard!
“God’s Waiting Room” will be at the Rialto Theatre next Wednesday, June 21, at 8 pm. Charity performance in aid of Macmillan Cancer.
Charlotte Brontë’s classic performed under an open sky!
Chapterhouse Theatre will present one of the greatest romances known in English Literature, putting on stage the complicated relationship between young governess Jane Eyre and the enigmatic owner of the house, Mr. Rochester. The play is based on the original novel “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë.
The show will be on at Brighton’s Open Air Theatre on Friday, June 23. Doors open at 6 pm, show starts at 7 pm.
How to stare down and transfigure loneliness!
Described as a comedy with a dark heart, “Focus Group” explores the loneliness and absurdity of modern life and consumer culture, and why we still continue to live in this remoteness. Being a rather interactive performance, the play will have you think about the possibility of a real connection with what surrounds you!
The show will run at The Old Market, on Wednesday, June 28, at 7 pm and at 9 pm.