Date/Time Event
24/02/2018 - 06/01/2019
All Day
1935

De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill-on-Sea

Saturday February 24-Sunday January 6

Free

1935 brings together a series of events that took place in and around the vicinity of the De La Warr Pavilion, the year the building opened to the public. The De La Warr Pavilion is an architectural manifestation of a progressive social movement invested in providing the best art and culture for all. It was commissioned by the 9th Earl De La Warr, then Mayor of Bexhill, and designed by Erich Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff. This exhibition takes that year as a starting point, using local events to indicate the varied social and political landscape of the time. Picture: Arthur Spray, the mysterious cobbler of Bexhill, curing Alice of her headache, 1935. Photographer unknown. 

Phone 01424 229111 or visit dlwp.com.

01/04/2018 - 31/12/2018
All Day
Chichester Festival 2018

 

Chichester Festival Theatre Oaklands Park, Chichester.

April-December

Tickets from £10/prologue: £5 tickets for 16-25s

STARS of stage and screen including Caroline Quentin (above left), Penelope Keith (above right), Patricia Hodge (below left), Matt Lucas (below right), Tracy-Ann Oberman and Rufus Hound headline Chichester Festival Theatre’s Festival 2018. Men Behaving Badly star Caroline Quentin and Little Britain star Matt Lucas make their Chichester debuts in the musical Me And My Girl while Penelope Keith makes a return to Chichester to star in The Chalk Garden by Enid Bagnold. Copenhagen by Michael Frayn stars Patricia Hodge, who appeared on TV in Miranda, and Downton Abbey actor Charles Edwards, who played Lady Edith’s love Michael Gregson, as well as Spooks actor Paul Jesson, who is making his Chichester debut. The programme also includes Cock, a very adult play by Dr Foster writer Mike Bartlett, described as “a provocative peep into relationships in these days of oscillating identities”. Singer, actor and comedian Gary Wilmot appears alongside The Bill star Clare Burt and award-winning actress Joanna Riding in Flowers for Mrs Harris from the novel by Paul Gallico, and actor and director Samuel West directs The Watsons, a new play by Laura Wade adapted from the unfinished novel by Jane Austen. Rufus Hound stars in Noel Coward’s comedy Present Laughter, and there’s also a double bill of plays by debbie tucker green, one of theatre’s most original and internationally acclaimed voices. For children, there’s an adaptation of David Walliams’ The Midnight Gang by Bryony Lavery with music and lyrics by Joe Stilgoe. Present Laughter by Noël Coward runs from Friday April 20-Saturday May 12. random/generations runs from Friday May 4-Saturday June 2. The Chalk Garden runs from Friday-Saturday May 25-June 16. The Country Wife runs from Friday-Saturday June 8-July 7. Me And My Girl runs from Monday July 2-Saturday August 25. The Meeting runs from Friday-Saturday July 13- August 11. Copenhagen runs from Friday-Saturday August 17-September 22. Flowers for Mrs Harris runs from Friday-Saturday September 28-October 27. Cock runs from Friday-Saturday September 28-October 27. The Midnight Gang by David Walliams runs from Saturday-Saturday October 13-November 3. The Watsons Saturday-Saturday November 3-December 1. Sleeping Beauty Saturday-Sunday December 15-30.

Read our feature on Chichester Festival 2018.

Phone 01243 781312 or visit cft.org.uk.

 

02/04/2018 - 10/12/2018
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Furniture Making Skills Week - Essential Cabinetmaking Hand Skills

Bankside Farm, Ditchling Common, Burgess Hill

Mondays April 2, July 23, August 20 and December 10, 8.30am-6pm

£590

Run by John Lloyd of John Lloyd Fine Furniture, these five-days courses give beginners a grounding and the more experienced a tune-up. It teaches sharpening, honing, planing, sawing and chiselling and jointing as well as other skills. All tools and materials are provided.

Phone 01444 480388 or visit johnlloydfinefurniture.co.uk.

30/06/2018 - 25/08/2019
All Day
Queer Looks

Fashion & Style Gallery, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, 12A Pavilion Parade, Brighton

Saturday June 30 until August 25 2019

Free with Brighton Museum admission/members and residents free

This display of outfits and oral histories from LGBTQ individuals from Sussex, from the 1950s to the present day, looks at how individuals construct identities, both personal and collective, through dress. Local LGBTQ communities have informed the content of this display, including the comedian Zoe Lyons, journalist Sophie Cook and trans campaigner Fox Fisher. Picture: Tessa Hallmann.

Phone 0300 029 0900 or visit brightonmuseums.org.uk.

04/09/2018 - 01/01/2019
All Day
Elizabeth Ilive: A Woman Ahead of Her Time Exhibition

Petworth House and Park, Petworth

Until Tuesday January 1

Normal admission applies

This interactive exhibition explores the remarkable achievements of a pioneering woman who lived at Petworth House from the 1780s. Discover more about Elizabeth Ilive’s scientific endeavours with a reimagining of the laboratory she developed at Petworth House.

Phone 01798 342207 or visit nationaltrust.org.uk/petworth-house-and-park.

06/09/2018 - 17/12/2018
10:30 am - 11:45 am
Basement and Tunnel Tours

Royal Pavilion, 4/5 Pavilion Buildings, Brighton

On Mondays from September 3 until December 17 (excluding October 22), 10.30am-11.45pm

£13/members £11. Book in advance

Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the basement and tunnel of the Royal Pavilion and discover more about life below stairs for the servants, from the rat catcher to George’s principal private secretary.

Phone 0300 029 0900 or visit brightonmuseums.org.uk/hove.

07/09/2018 - 23/01/2019
All Day
Skeletal: The Scaffold of Life

Booth Museum, 194 Dyke Road, Brighton

Friday September 7-Wednesday January 23

Free

This display by photographer Tim France shows images of rare and unusual specimens from the museums’ extensive collection of skulls. Picture: Tim France.

Phone 0300 029 0900 or visit brightonmuseums.org.uk.

08/09/2018 - 06/01/2019
All Day
Orlando at the Present Time

Charleston, Firle

Saturday September 8-Sunday January 6

Tickets

Orlando at the Present Time, Charleston’s first major exhibition in its new galleries, explores the significance of Virginia Woolf’s novel Orlando: A Biography. The exhibition includes works by Paul Kindersley, Delaine Le Bas, Annie Leibovitz and Kaye Donachie, as well as historical paintings from Knole and rarely seen Bloomsbury treasures. Picture: Paul Kindersley, Oh! 2018 c. Paul Kindersley courtesy of the artist and Belmacz.
Phone 01323 811626 or visit charleston.org.

08/09/2018 - 06/01/2019
All Day
The Famous Women Dinner Service

Charleston, Firle

Saturday September 8-Sunday January 6

Charleston hosts the first museum display of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant’s Famous Women Dinner Service since it was created for art historian and broadcaster Kenneth Clark in 1932. The complete set of 50 plates, featuring portraits of famous women throughout history, survived wartime bombing and several moves of house by the Clark family. Picture: Famous Women Dinner Service, courtesy of Piano Nobile (Robert Travers Works of Art Limited).

Phone 01323 811626 or visit charleston.org.

08/09/2018 - 06/01/2019
All Day
Zanele Muholi: Faces and Phases

Charleston, Firle

Saturday September 8-Sunday January 6

Faces and Phases is an ongoing series of black-and-white photographic portraits by Zanele Muholi, commemorating and celebrating black lesbian and transgender experience. Picture: Zanele Muholi, Parktown, Johannesburg, 2016.

Phone 01323 811626 or visit charleston.org.

15/09/2018 - 03/02/2019
All Day
Karl Hagedorn: Rhythmical Expressions

Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, Chichester

Saturday September 15-Sunday February 3

The paintings of German immigrant Karl Hagedorn (1889-1969) are some of the earliest and boldest examples of post-impressionist work produced in Britain. Pallant House Gallery shines a light on this unjustly forgotten artist, who was heavily influenced by Picasso and Matisse, whom he met in Paris. This is the first exhibition of his work in nearly 25 years. Picture: Karl Hagedorn, Self-portrait with pipe.

Phone 01243 774557 or visit pallant.org.uk.

06/10/2018 - 20/01/2019
All Day
A Tale of Mother’s Bones

De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill-on-Sea

Saturday October 6-Sunday January 20

Dr Grace Pailthorpe (surgeon/ psychoanalyst/artist, 1883-1971) and Reuben Mednikoff (artist, 1906-1972) began collaborating in 1935. They produced a huge body of work that included startlingly vivid and wildly experimental paintings and drawings, often paired with in-depth psychoanalytic interpretation, as well as autobiography, poetry and short stories. A Tale of Mother’s Bones is the first major presentation of Pailthorpe and Mednikoff’s art in 20 years. The exhibition tells the story of the couple’s lives through their works, showing how they excavated their earliest memories (including memories of birth, weaning and sibling rivalry) in order to understand their adult relationships, critical reception, political context and spiritual beliefs. Picture: Reuben Mednikoff, Stairway to Paradise, 1936.

Phone 01424 229111 or visit dlwp.com.

06/10/2018 - 31/03/2019
All Day
Cathie Pilkington: Working from Home

Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, Chichester

Saturday October 6-Sunday March 31

Renowned sculptor and figurative artist Cathie Pilkington RA will transform the upstairs galleries of Pallant House Gallery’s historic townhouse with an immersive site-specific installation. A series of over 30 of her assembled doll-like sculptures, including three especially created new works, will be placed alongside the artist’s personal selection from the Gallery’s extensive collection of Modern British art. The installation is part of RA250, a nationwide programme celebrating the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy of Arts. Picture: Eamon McCabe.

Phone 01243 774557 or visit pallant.org.uk.

06/10/2018 - 10/02/2019
All Day
Julian Trevelyan: The Artist and his World

Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, Chichester

Saturday October 6-Sunday February 10

This is the first survey exhibition in 20 years of British artist Julian Trevelyan (1910-1988).  opens at Pallant House Gallery in autumn 2018. A painter, printmaker and designer, Trevelyan was experimental throughout his life and created an important and original body of work that was influenced by European modernist movements yet entirely his own. The exhibition brings together 90 paintings and prints, as well as rarely seen sketchbooks, letters and photographs that emphasise Trevelyan’s extensive contribution to mid-20th century British art. Surveying the broad scope of his career, the exhibition will examine Trevelyan’s early Surrealist works, his depictions of the industrial north of England as part of the Mass Observation project, his fascination with foreign places and his years in London, when he lived and worked alongside the River Thames and taught printmaking at the Royal College of Art. Picture of Julian Trevelyan: Sandra Lousada/RCA.

Phone 01243 774557 or visit pallant.org.uk.

30/11/2018 - 01/01/2019
All Day
Aladdin

Pavilion Theatre, Marine Parade, Worthing

Friday November 30-Tuesday January 1, various times

Tickets £20.50-£23

An all-star cast in this fun-filled pantomime includes  Lee Latchford-Evans from pop supergroup Steps as Aladdin, CBeebies presenter Rebecca Keatley as Princess Jasmine and the unmistakeable voice of Brian Blessed (below) as the Genie. Poor but happy Aladdin hopes all his dreams will come true when he discovers a magical lamp and the mystical genie trapped inside it who will grant the holder three precious wishes. Fame, fortune and the hand in marriage of the beautiful Princess Jasmine await but first our hero must defeat the wicked sorcerer Abanazar who also seeks the lamp and more… world domination! With his dopey brother Wishee Washee and his ever-faithful mother, dame Widow Twankey, by his side, Aladdin must summon all his courage in this rags-to-riches tale of good overcoming evil.

Phone 01903 206206 or visit worthingtheatres.co.uk.

30/11/2018 - 08/12/2018
All Day
Be My Baby

New Venture Theatre, Bedford Place, Hove

Friday November 30-Saturday December 8

See website for ticket prices

Set in a Mother and Baby Home in December 1964. Be My Baby follows Mary Adams who is unmarried and 7 months pregnant. Forcibly sent there by a mother intent on keeping up appearances Mary, along with other girls in the home, has to cope both with the shame and the dawning realisation that she will have to give up the baby for adoption.

Phone 01273 746118 or visit newventure.org.uk.

04/12/2018 - 08/12/2018
All Day
Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical

The Old Market, 11a Upper Market Street, Hove

Tuesday-Saturday December 4-8, various times

Tickets £20/concs £18. Age 15+ 

Based on the smash-hit movie, the feel-good international hit Priscilla Queen of the Desert is the heart-warming, uplifting adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old camper van searching for love and friendship, and end up finding more than they could have ever dreamed of. It features a dazzling array of outrageous costumes and a hit parade of dance floor classics including It’s Raining Men, I Will Survive, Hot Stuff, Boogie Wonderland, Go West, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, I Love the Nightlife and more.

Phone 01273 201801 or visit theoldmarket.com.

04/12/2018 - 08/12/2018
7:00 pm
Madagascar the Musical

Theatre Royal, New Road, Brighton

Tuesday-Saturday December 4-8, 7pm with 2.30pm matinees on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday

Tickets £16.90-£45.40. Age 3+

The X Factor winner Matt Terry is in the role of Alex the Lion in the musical  based on the smash DreamWorks animated movie Madagascar. It follows the gang of crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. The cast includes Jo Parsons, Brandon Gale, Antoine Murray-Straughan, Timmika Ramsay, Jamie Lee-Morgan, Shane McDaid, Laura Johnson, Jessica Niles, Victoria Boden, Matthew Pennington and Darren John. 

Phone 0844 871 7650 or visit atgtickets.com.

07/12/2018 - 13/01/2019
All Day
Cinderella

Devonshire Park Theatre, Compton Street, Eastbourne

Friday December 7-Sunday January 13, various times

Tickets £14.50-£19/Premium £18.50-23.50

When Cinderella is left at home by her Ugly Sisters, it seems all hope of going to the ball is lost. However, with a little magic from her Fairy Godmother, the most exciting night of her life is about to begin. There’s fun for all the family as one of the best-loved pantomimes is brought to life with some dazzling special effects and one truly amazing carriage. Written and directed by Chris Jordan, the pantomime features stunning stage effects, glittering costumes, impressive sets and sensational live music, and stars Tucker and Martyn Knight.

Phone 01323 412000 or visit eastbournetheatres.co.uk.

07/12/2018 - 09/12/2018
All Day
Introductory Weekend Retreats to Buddhist Meditation

Rivendell Buddhist Retreat Centre, Chillies Lane, High Hurstwood

Friday-Sunday December 7-9, 6pm on Friday-4pm on Sunday

£185/£165

This weekend is for people who want to lean Buddhist meditation and find out about Buddhism. Each day has a structured programme, when participants will be guided in the practice of two traditional Buddhist meditations: the Mindfulness of Breathing, which helps develop a calm and focused mind, and Metta Bhavana, the development of loving kindness. There will also be talks and discussion groups.

Phone 01825 733764 or visit rivendellretreatcentre.com.

07/12/2018 - 06/01/2019
7:00 pm
Aladdin

The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley

Friday December 7-Sunday January 6, 10.30am, 2pm, 5.30pm and 7pm

Tickets £16-£27.50

Fun-packed family pantomime Aladdin has comedy, singing, dancing, stunning sets, dazzling costumes and a cast led by Dancing on Ice’s Mr Nasty Jason Gardiner as Abanazar, Shaheen Jafargholi, star of EastEnders and Casualty as Aladdin, impressionist Jess Robinson, from Britain’s Got Talent and The Imitation Game, and Nathaniel Morrison, from the BBC’s All Together Now, as the Genie of the Lamp. The line- up is completed with the return of two Crawley favourites: Michael J Batchelor is Widow Twankey and Richard Franks is PC Pongo.

Phone 01293 553636 or visit parkwoodtheatres.co.uk.

07/12/2018 - 09/12/2018
7:30 pm
Whistle Down The Wind

Royal Hippodrome Theatre, 108-112 Seaside Road, Eastbourne

Friday December 7-9, 2.30pm, 3.30pm and 7.30pm

Tickets £15-£52

The Broadway Players present the musical Whistle Down The Wind, which tells the tale of deep religious beliefs versus the anger and frustration of humanity. Set at Christmas 1959 in Louisiana, it follows the story of three farm children who discover a fugitive hiding in the barn.  Mistaken for Jesus Christ, the children are heavily influenced by him. The children tell the rest of the village who protect him, which complicates the secret, and when the preacher finds out, a witch hunt ensues. It features hit songs including No Matter What and Whistle Down the Wind. Produced and directed by Jade Powers, and the musical director is Michael Cullen.

Phone 01323 802020 or visit royalhippodrome.com.

08/12/2018
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Christmas Open Day

Cafe-bar and Founders Room, Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton

Saturday December 8, 11am-4pm

Free

Enjoy a feast of family-friendly Christmas cheer and dust off your finest Christmas jumper for the ultimate festive photo opportunity, running from 11.30am–1pm and 1.45pm–4pm. There’ll be craft activities for youngsters.

Phone 01273 709709 or visit brightondome.org.

08/12/2018
7:00 pm
Christmas Soul Party

St Mary in the Castle, 7 Pelham Crescent, Hastings

Saturday December 8, 7pm

Tickets TBA

Three live bands including The Blues Brothers and Soul Sisters Show perform soul classics. All proceeds go to St Michael’s Hospice and Surviving Christmas.

Phone 01424 715880 or visit stmaryinthecastle.co.uk.

08/12/2018
7:00 pm
Los Palmas 6 Madness Christmas Party

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

Saturday December 8, 7pm

Tickets £13.50

Enjoy a Christmas party at St Paul’s.

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

08/12/2018
7:30 pm
A Gospel Christmas

White Rock Theatre, White Rock, Hastings

Saturday December 8, 7.30pm

Tickets £22/Friends and local choirs £4.50 off

Powerhouse Gospel Choir is led by the inimitable T-Jae Cole, one of the UK’s most respected gospel choir directors, in a show of festive season favourites including The Christmas Song, Oh Holy Night, Celebration, Joy to The World, Higher & Higher and the gospel anthem Oh Happy Day.

Phone 01424 462288 or visit whiterocktheatre.org.uk.

08/12/2018
7:30 pm
Jason Manford: Muddle Class

Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton

Saturday December 8, 7.30pm

Tickets from £30.65

It’s been a busy few years for Jason since his last smash-hit stand up show but fans of his Absolute Radio show will know this nationally acclaimed comedian hasn’t changed a bit. Muddle Class promises to feature a wealth of new material about Jason growing up ‘working class’ then finding, over the years, that part of him has become ‘middle class’ – causing much confusion. Jason says, “Somebody said to me on my Facebook fan page, ‘It’s been ages since you’ve toured’. I thought ‘No way, it was last year, wasn’t it? Anyway, long story short, they were right, it was years ago! I just got fooled cos I’ve been on tour doing musicals and the last tour is repeated on Dave Ja Vu 13 times a day! So I’ve been putting some stuff together, looking at my life and how it’s changed over the years, how the world has changed and how my parents haven’t changed a bit!”

Phone 0844 847 1515 or visit brightoncentre.co.uk.

08/12/2018
7:30 pm
Pull A Cracker with Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus

Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton

Saturday December 8, 7.30pm

Tickets £10, £14, £19 and £24

The multi-award winning and fabulous Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus is bound to get you in the festive mood with an unforgettable evening of laughter and song, infused with sparkly spirit and packed full of seasonal favourites and exclusive new arrangements. The chorus is raising funds for a local charity and will be welcoming a surprise guest star.

Phone 01273 709709 or visit brightondome.org.

08/12/2018
8:00 pm
Rick Wakeman

De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill-on-Sea

Saturday December 8, 8pm

Tickets £29.50 and £35

Rick Wakeman, former keyboard player with YES and songwriter, embarks on his Christmas Piano Odyssey Tour, which features classic tracks given Rick’s unique piano treatment. It follows his successful Piano Portraits tour last year in support of the album of the same name. Rick says, In the footsteps of Piano Portraits, the new album Piano Odyssey features a collection of music old and new that includes some particular favourites of mine. I’m looking forward to performing tracks from it live on my own odyssey around the UK in the autumn!”

Phone 01424 229111 or visit dlwp.com.

08/12/2018
8:00 pm
South Coast Soul Revue Christmas Special 2018

Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea

Saturday December 8, 8pm

Tickets £18

Join the South Coast Soul Revue for a dose of seasonal soul and festive funk. Expect a great hi-energy performance from vocalists Ruby &amp, Danny, scintillating horns and a rhythm section to set your pulses racing. Picture: Richard Mountain.

Phone 01273 464440 or visit ropetacklecentre.co.uk.

08/12/2018
8:30 pm
Tropicana Nights Xmas Party

Sussex Studio, White Rock Theatre, White Rock, Hastings

Saturday December 8, 8.30pm

Tickets £8. Age 25+

Dig out those 80’s fashions and restyle your hair as the White Rock Theatre steps back in time for its annual Xmas party Tropicana style. Totally retro and full of favourite 80s anthems, the DJ will have you partying the night away in a transformed 80s paradise. There are prizes for the best dressed.

Phone 01424 462288 or visit whiterocktheatre.org.uk.