25/01/2018 - 10/02/2018
Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton
Thursday January 25-Saturday February 10, 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Tickets £20-£52.50 Ages 10+
The National Theatre’s acclaimed production of War Horse is on a major tour of the UK, which coincides with the centenary celebrations of the end of the First World War. Based on Michael Morpurgo’s story, it’s a story of courage, loyalty and friendship between a young boy called Albert and his horse Joey, set against the backdrop of the First World War. Directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris and designed by Rae Smith, it features groundbreaking puppetry work by the Handspring Puppet Company of South Africa, which brings breathing galloping horses to life on stage. Michael Morpurgo says, “After a few months’ rest, out at pasture, Joey the war horse and his great team from the National Theatre will be touring the UK again, in many places War Horse has not been seen before. I am so pleased this is happening… Steady boy, steady Joey. Trot on!” Picture: Brinkhoff&M+Âgenburg.
Read our feature on War Horse.
Phone 0844 847 1515 or visit brightoncentre.co.uk.
06/02/2018 - 10/02/2018
Devonshire Park Theatre, Compton Street, Eastbourne
Tuesday-Saturday February 6-10, 7.45pm with 2.30pm matinees on Wednesday and Saturday
Spamalot is a riotous comedy with misfit knights, killer rabbits, dancing nuns and ferocious Frenchmen. Ripped off from the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, it follows King Arthur as he travels with his Knights of the Round Table on a divine mission to find the Holy Grail.
Phone 01323 412000 or visit eastbournetheatres.co.uk.
06/02/2018 - 10/02/2018
The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Times
Minerva Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester
Tuesday-Saturday February 6-10, 7.45pm with 2.45pm performances on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Tickets from £20. Age 9+
Inspired by the beautiful and sad Hans Christian Andersen tale The Little Matchgirl, and combining Andersen’s other tales The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor’s New Clothes and Thumbelina, The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales reveals a spellbinding world of magic and mystery. As the destitute heroine struggles to survive, she strikes her matches to keep warm. Each match will conjure a new story, a new vision, and the audience tumbles down the rabbit hole with her. Written by Joel Horwood and directed by Emma Rice, this production comes to Chichester following its critically acclaimed premiere at Shakespeare’s Globe. Expect music, puppetry, dark magic… and perhaps some modern truths we would rather remain hidden.
Phone 01243 781312 or visit cft.org.uk.
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