Theatre Events

Cock by Mike Bartlett

Minerva Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester.
Friday-Saturday September 28-October 27, 7.45pm

Tickets from £20. Contains very strong language and scenes of a sexual nature. Age guideline 16+

Dr Foster writer Mike Bartlett (pictured below) is one of this generation’s leading writers for stage and screen, his award-winning work including King Charles III (Almeida, West End and BBC). Funny and eye-openingly fresh and frank, the Olivier Award-winning Cock, which premiered at the Royal Court and off- Broadway in 2009, is a provocative peep into relationships in these days of oscillating identities. Has John straightened out? After years glued to his boyfriend, the couple have been through a sticky patch, and now John’s attached to someone else. Someone who is different in every single way. But can John give her what she wants, when he’s never been with a woman before?

Read our feature on this year’s Chichester Festival programme.

Phone 01243 781312 or visit cft.org.uk.



The Midnight Gang by David Walliams

Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester.

Saturday-Saturday October 13-November 3, 2pm and 7pm

Tickets from £10. Suitable for ages 7+

A bang on the head during a cricket match at his boarding school has landed 12-year-old Tom in the children’s ward of the spooky Lord Funt Hospital. Luckily, he’s not on his own with the child-hating Matron and the scary-looking Porter. George, Amber, Robin and Sally are in there too, and they’re not taking things lying down. When the lights go out and the clock strikes twelve, they’re off. But will they let new boy Tom join their forbidden midnight adventures through the hospital’s labyrinthine realm? This inventive tale of fun, friendship and the importance of kindness is adapted from the biggest-selling children’s book of 2016 by David Walliams (pictured below). This new stage version is by Bryony Lavery, with music and lyrics by renowned musician and composer Joe Stilgoe (The Jungle Book, 2017). It’s directed by Dale Rooks, whose production of Michael Morpurgo’s Running Wild (Festival 2015) won the UK Theatre Award for Best Show for Children and Young People.

Read our feature on this year’s Chichester Festival programme.

Phone 01243 781312 or visit cft.org.uk.



He Ain’t Heavy

Devonshire Park Theatre, Compton Street, Eastbourne

Tuesday October 23, 7.30pm, and  Wednesday October 24, 2.30pm

Tickets £10/u16s and students £7/Wednesday: relaxed performance £7

Grania tells the story of growing up with her disabled autistic brother Sean using physical theatre, aerial circus, audience interaction and storytelling and shows how his unique take on life has shaped and influenced her.

Phone 01323 412000 or visit eastbournetheatres.co.uk.



Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story

The Old Market, 11a Upper Market Street, Hove

Tuesday-Saturday October 23-27, 7.30pm

Tickets £14-£20/concs £12-£18/school groups 10+ £5/on the door +£2/TOM’s Friends 15% off

Created by Hannah Moscovitch, Ben Caplan and Christian Barry, this award-winning humorously dark folktale is woven together with a high-energy concert. This Klezmer-folk music-theatre hybrid, starring genre-bending sensation Ben Caplan, is inspired by the true stories of two Jewish Romanian refugees immigrating to Canada in 1908. It’s about how to love after being broken by the horrors of war. It’s about refugees who get out before it’s too late, and those who get out after it’s too late. And it’s about looking into the eyes of God. Picture: Stoo Metz Photography.

Phone 01273 201801 or visit theoldmarket.com.



The Ghost Train

St Paul’s Art Centre, 55b Chapel Road, Worthing

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday October 24, 25 and 26, 7.30pm

Tickets £8.50

Written by Arnold Ridley, the comedy thriller The Ghost Train is presented by Saints Theatre Group and performed in the round at St Paul’s. A young man accidentally strands six passengers at a small Cornish wayside station. Despite the Cornish stationmaster’s weird stories of a ghost train, they decide to stay the night in the waiting room. Soon they regret this decision as ghostly (and not so ghostly) apparitions materialise… This play is the theatre group’s entry in the 2018 Brighton & Hove Arts Council Drama Awards.

Phone 0843 902 0768 or visit stpaulsworthing.co.uk.



We Can Time Travel

The Old Market, 11a Upper Market Street, Hove

Tuesday October 30, 7.30pm

Tickets £15/concs £10/on the door +£2/TOM’s Friends 15% off. Age 12+

This lyrical new solo piece of gig-theatre, to a backdrop of 80s synths and drum machines, is a story of adventure, hope and the urgency of living in the now. Dom has found a message, hidden in a cassette tape his grandad sent to him 15 years ago. Some people think it’s a key: a key to time travel. Join Dom has he takes us back to the day that his grandfather was lost at sea in a desperate quest to save him. Inspired by HG Wells’ 1895 novella, The Time Machine, with a music style reminiscent of alternative pop classics from Kate Bush and poetic storytelling with the political dynamism of Kate Tempest, We Can Time Travel is a playful contemporary fable for our times and a loving homage to the music and blockbuster movies that inspired a generation – from Back to the Future to Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Phone 01273 201801 or visit theoldmarket.com.



The Devil’s Bride

The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley

Tuesday October 30, 7.45pm

Tickets £16/discounts £14

Rumpus Theatre Company presents a fiendish new play based on the chilling story by classic Victorian Gothic horror author Sheridan Le Fanu. Aspiring 17th century painter Godfried Schalken seeks an apprenticeship with famous artist Gerard Douw, and falls in love with Douw’s niece Rose. But Douw achieved his fame by making a pact with the Devil, and when Gerard attempts to wed Rose, his evil rival returns to claim his wicked prize.

Phone 01293 553636 or visit parkwoodtheatres.co.uk.



The Importance of Being Earnest (12A)

Connaught Theatre, Union Place, Worthing

Tuesday October 30, 8pm

Tickets £15.50 and £14.50/seniors, students and 14 & under £14.50 and £13.50

Continuing the season of Oscar Wilde classics broadcast live from The Vaudeville Theatre in the West End, this new production of one of the funniest plays in English, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, stars Sophie Thompson, Jeremy Swift and Pippa Nixon. Wilde’s much-loved masterpiece throws love, logic and language into the air to make one of theatre’s most dazzling firework displays. Jack, Algy, Gwendolyn and Cecily discover how unsmooth runs the course of true love, while Lady Bracknell keeps a baleful eye on the mayhem of manners. This is the fourth and final play from the Oscar Wilde Season, a year-long celebration of the Victorian playwright being staged by the Classic Spring Theatre Company.

Phone 01903 206206 or visit worthingtheatres.co.uk.



NT Live: Allelujah! (12A)

The Capitol Horsham, North Street, Horsham

Thursday November 1, 7pm

Tickets £18/concs £18/student and child £13

Alan Bennett’s sharp and hilarious new play is filmed live at London’s Bridge Theatre during its limited run. The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town on the edge of the Pennines, is threatened with closure as part of an efficiency drive. A documentary crew, eager to capture its fight for survival, follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward, and the triumphs of the old people’s choir.

Phone 01403 750220 or visit thecapitolhorsham.com.



NT Live: Allelujah! (12A)

Connaught Theatre, Union Place, Worthing

Thursday November 1, 7pm

Tickets £13.50-£15.50

Alan Bennett’s sharp and hilarious new play is filmed live at London’s Bridge Theatre during its limited run. The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town on the edge of the Pennines, is threatened with closure as part of an efficiency drive. A documentary crew, eager to capture its fight for survival, follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward, and the triumphs of the old people’s choir.

Phone 01903 206206 or visit worthingtheatres.co.uk.



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