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What’s on at Brighton’s Theatre Royal this month!

What’s on at Brighton’s Theatre Royal this month!
Peggy Bain
  • On February 5, 2018


Wednesday 14 February, 7.30pm

Armed with a cast of hormonal women, memory loss one liners and innuendo laden versions of pop classics, the hysterical show has entertained and inspired women across the world since 2001. Menopausal or just in need of a laugh out loud kind of night, it’s a must see for all women. 

Following previous sell out UK and Irish Tours in 2008, 2010 and most recently early 2016, Menopause the Musical is embarking on another UK Nationwide Tour with an all star cast, coming to Theatre Royal Brighton on Wednesday 14 February. 

Menopause the Musical stars Cheryl Fergison (EastEnders favourite Heather Trott), Maureen Nolan (The Nolans), Casualty’s Rebecca Wheatley and Hilary O’Neil (ITV’s Copy Cats). Armed with a cast of hormonal women, memory loss one liners and innuendo laden versions of pop classics, the hysterical show has entertained and inspired women across the world since 2001. Menopausal or just in need of a laugh out loud kind of night, it’s a must see for all women.

This hilarious celebration of women and ‘The Change’, is an all singing, all dancing comedy bringing together four women at a department store sale, who on first appearance have nothing in common. However, the sale of a black lace bra soon stimulates comical female heart-to-hearts on hot flushes, night sweats, memory loss, chocolate binges, not enough sex, too much sex and plastic surgery.

Starring: Cheryl Fergison, Maureen Nolan, Rebecca Wheatley and Hilary O’Neil

Starring: Cheryl Fergison, Maureen Nolan, Rebecca Wheatley and Hilary O’Neil




Thursday 15 February, 8pm

Ed Byrne returns to the road this year with his biggest ever tour to date and his brand new show called Spoiler Alert, arriving at Theatre Royal Brighton on Thursday 15 February.

He says; ‘I originally intended to call the show ‘I’ll Millennial You in a Minute’, but my promoter considered the title ‘off-puttingly baffling’. That’s my own chainsaw in the photo, by the way’. In the show, Ed explores the thin line between righteous complaining and brat-like whining and asks, ‘are we right to be fed up, or are we spoiled?’ Come and watch as Byrne takes this question, turns it upside down and shakes it until the funny falls out. Go on, spoil yourself. 

Recognized as one of the finest observational comics in the industry, Ed’s television credits are countless (provided you’re really bad at counting); Mock The Week, Have I Got News For You, The Graham Norton Show, Live At The Apollo, The One Show, Comic Relief Bake Off 2015, The World’s Most Dangerous Roads and, most recently, he and Dara O Briain filmed the follow up to their Big Adventure show for BBC2 entitled Dara and Ed’s Road to Mandalay.




Friday 16 February, 7.30pm

Steve Steinman’s Vampires Rock – Ghost Train, the smash hit show taking the country by storm, bursts onto the stage once again at Theatre Royal Brighton on Friday 16 February.

Hailed by some of rock’s royalty, Steve Steinman’s Vampires Rock is a show like no other. With a twist of rock and a hint of comedy and jam packed with the greatest classic rock anthems you know and love, you’re guaranteed to be on your feet!

Steve Steinman has ramped up the vamp in this spectacular sequel to the phenomenally successful Vampires Rock musical concert. After more than a decade on tour with 3000 live performances, 5 star reviews and over a million sales nationwide, it’s no surprise that the UK’s favourite Vampire Baron is back in the all new Vampires Rock saga The Ghost Train.

As ‘Club Live and Let Die’ burns to the ground, Baron Von Rockula played by Steve Steinman flees the ill fated club with his band of blood sucking vampires in search of a new home. Eventually they come across an old abandoned fairground ride The Ghost Train, where they take refuge and make this their new home. The Baron and his motley crew then set a cunning plan to lure victims into the ride and to live in Rock n Roll hell forever.

Amidst mischief and mayhem, this hilariously funny show lives up to its rocking reputation. Packed with fang-tastic fire routines, guitar gods and sexy vampettes performing some of the best rock anthems of all time including tracks from Guns n Roses, AC/DC, Meat Loaf, Bon Jovi and many more.

You are going to need a ticket to ride – get on the Ghost Train it’s about to leave!




Saturday 17 February, 7.30pm

Overflowing with heart and brimming with soul, the award winning spectacular The Chicago Blues Brothers is the world’s biggest and best loved production of the Blues Brothers.

The show is a high octane, adrenaline pumping musical mash up that presents the best material from the original Blues Brothers movies and is jam packed full of songs by legends such as Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Ray Charles, Tina Turner, Cab Calloway – plus many other blues, soul, motown and funk classics and a few surprises thrown in along the way. Capturing the sound, energy and persona that propelled the film to a cult status that still thrills audiences worldwide today.

The ultimate party show, the Chicago Blues Brothers cast pay great attention to the sound and feel of the music, all performed with the same accuracy, passion, energy and spirit of the legacy created by Aykroyd and Belushi. The Blues Brothers are given spirited, energetic reincarnations in the form of Chris Hindle as Jake and Gareth Davey as Elwood. Backed by a phenomenal seven piece live band and two hugely talented backing singers, the show boasts exclusive arrangements of all the iconic Blues Brothers.

The show’s success is built around its pure entertainment value, featuring plenty of sing a longs, audience interaction and participation. Hindle and Davey bring you in and make you feel part of the production – it’s just one big party and everyone’s invited to join in, you don’t just watch the show – you’re a part of it.

The Chicago Blues Brothers has taken the iconic, cult icons of Jake and Elwood and jump-started it for a new generation with an energy that is indisputably infectious and a dazzling, riotous, exuberant spirit and heart that is impossible to resist.

Featured image by Jamie McCaffrey




Sunday 18 February, 7.30pm

Due to huge popular demand, after his first tour-de-force, smash hit, one man show, My Life Story, Suggs is treading the boards again.

If the first show was about how on Earth he got there, Suggs: What a King Cnut is about the surprises that awaited him when he did.

Vertigo on the roof of Buckingham Palace. Nearly blowing the closing ceremony of the Olympics. Watching his underpants fall to earth on Bowie’s driveway. Things have gone a smidge surreal since the Madness frontman was a twelve year old in shorts on the tough streets of North London.

Constantly expecting that inevitable tap on the shoulder to hear ‘what are you doing here, Sunshine?’ how has he got this far? In this business you can be washed up at any minute. How has he managed to get away with it for so long?

Fame is a tightrope and Suggs has fallen off many times. But for all the near death experiences he takes great solace in the words of the Greek philosopher, Blondie: ‘the tide is high, but I’m holding on…



Thursday 22 February, 7.30pm

Come and join the Dancin’ Party at Theatre Royal Brighton as Showaddywaddy brings its hit filled set to the stage on Thursday 22 February.

The greatest Rock n Roll band in the world’ is a bold statement, but Showaddywaddy has lived up to the title as they recently celebrated their 40th anniversary.

Formed in the 1970s in Leicester from several local bands, they have sold more than 20 million records and have toured the world. The band has been entertaining its fans on the road non stop since 1973. With sold out shows across the country, it is as popular as ever!

Their live show is dynamic and uplifting featuring all their biggest hits, many of which reached number one in the pop charts of Europe, including Under the Moon of Love, Three Steps to Heaven, Hey Rock & Roll, When, Blue Moon, Pretty Little Angel Eyes and many, many more.

Romeo Challenger, one of the founding members of Showaddywaddy, said:

The fans have always been amazing. It’s nice now when we do gigs to get the chance to meet those fans after a show – some of them have been waiting 40 years for the opportunity!’




Friday 23 February, 7.30pm

This international smash hit tribute show Thank You For The Music brings all of ABBA’s number one hits to Theatre Royal Brighton on Friday 23 February. The hugely popular show combines unmistakable harmonies, colourful costumes and dazzling performances by an all star cast to ensure ABBA’s incredible legacy lives on in concert.

As if that wasn’t enough, the show also includes non stop hits from the UK’s top Bee Gees tribute act, meaning everyone in the audience will win, win and win again!

ABBA hits: Waterloo, Dancing Queen, Super Trouper, Mamma Mia, Knowing Me, Knowing You, Gimme,Gimme, Gimme, The Winner Takes It All, Thank You for the Music

Bee Gee Hits: Night Fever, Stayin’ Alive, More Than A Woman, How Deep is Your Love?, Jive Talkin’, You Win Again.

Featured image by Graham C99



Saturday 24 February, 8pm


Entertainers is delighted to bring the smash hit spectacular Soul Legends to Theatre Royal Brighton on Saturday 24 February! Bringing to life the hits of Barry White, George Benson, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Tina Turner, Lionel Richie, Wilson Pickett, Chaka Khan, Earth Wind & Fire and more, all in ‘soulsational’ style!

Jump aboard the soul train as it takes you on an unforgettably smooth music journey from its sixties origins, to present day, via all the classic seventies and eighties floor fillers. Featuring an all star cast of talented singers and musicians, amazing costumes and jaw dropping choreography.

Soul anthems including Respect, Ain’t Nobody, Knock On Wood, Midnight Hour, You’re My First My Last My Everything, Best Of My Love, River Deep Mountain High, Ain’t No Stopping Us Now, Beat It, I Feel Good, Three Times a Lady, Get Down On It and more will have audiences up on their feet all night long.

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