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.

 

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.

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.

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 - 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.

11/12/2018 - 02/01/2019
All Day
Cinderella

Alexandra Theatre, Regis Centre, Belmont Street, Bognor Regis

Tuesday December 11-Wednesday January 2, various times

Tickets £16-£18.50

With spectacular scenery and costumes, plus a dusting of magic, Cinderella is the fairy godmother of pantomimes – presented by Spillers Pantomimes. There’s a relaxed performance at 11am on Saturday December 22.

Phone 01243 861010 or visit alexandratheatre.co.uk.

13/12/2018 - 31/12/2018
All Day
Robin Hood

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

Thursday-Monday December 13-31, 11am, 2.30pm, 5pm and 6pm

Tickets £12.50, £13 and £14

The magic tale of Robin Hood is this year’s panto at the Ropetackle. The evil Sheriff of Nottingham is fed up with his riches being robbed. He has a dastardly plan to capture the finest archer in the land and become the supreme ruler of Sherwood Forest. Will good win out? Will love triumph? Will you be able to tell us the name of one of the Merry Men? Will Scarlet? Yes! That’s one! This feast of fun, fair maidens, fabulous panto magic, madness and mayhem is an LP Creatives production.

Phone 01273 464440 or visit ropetacklecentre.co.uk.

13/12/2018 - 05/01/2019
9:30 pm
The Rocky Horror Show

Theatre Royal, New Road, Brighton

Thursday December 13-Saturday January 5, 5.30pm, 8pm, 8.30pm and 9.30pm

Tickets £13-£59.75

Richard O’Brien’s musical masterpiece The Rocky Horror Show tells the story of Brad and his fiancée Janet, two squeaky clean college kids who meet Dr Frank’n’Furter by chance when their car breaks down outside his house whilst on their way to visit their former college professor. It is an adventure they’ll never forget, with frothy fun, frivolity, frolics and of course, those famous frocks. This thrilling show bursts at the seams with classics including Sweet Transvestite, Science Fiction/Double Feature, Damn It Janet and the pelvic thrusting Time Warp.

Phone 0844 871 7650 or visit atgtickets.com.

14/12/2018 - 30/12/2018
All Day
Jack and the Beanstalk

White Rock Theatre, White Rock, Hastings

Friday-Sunday December 14-30, various times

Tickets from £20

Fee-fi-fo-fum, a giant of a panto your way comes! EastEnders actress Michelle Collins and The X Factor phenomenon Chico star as The Fairy and Jack in the family pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk. Jack ventures sky high in a pantomime packed full of fun, laughter, special effects, stunning sets, song and dance numbers, and plenty of audience participation.

Phone 01424 462288 or visit whiterocktheatre.org.uk.

14/12/2018 - 06/01/2019
All Day
Sleeping Beauty

The Capitol Horsham, North Street, Horsham

Friday-Sunday December 14-16, Tuesday and Wednesday December 18 and 19, Friday-Monday December 21-24, Wednesday-Monday December 26-31, and Wednesday-Sunday January 2-6, various times

Tickets £22.50

More than a traditional take of good triumphing over evil, this tale of a cursed young girl, brought up by the family nursemaid, who sleeps for 100 years before being woken by true love’s kiss, is a roller-coaster ride through time, emotion, laughter and song. Starring Heart Radio’s Nicola Hume, TV’s Nicole Faraday, Ben Ofoedu, Sean Smith, Natasha Hoeberigs, James Fletcher, Howell Dowsell and James Dinsmore, it’s a mix of musical theatre and pop songs, clever and corny jokes and audience participation.

Phone 01403 750220 or visit thecapitolhorsham.com.

14/12/2018 - 01/01/2019
7:00 pm
Secret Santa - The Frost Files

Royal Hippodrome Theatre, 108-112 Seaside Road, Eastbourne

December 14-16, 21-31 and January 1, 11am, 2.30pm, 5pm and 7pm

Tickets £13.50-£48/add on a visit to Santa’s Grotto £5

APL Theatre present a new production filled with adventure, fun and festive spirit. The family musical is a fast-paced spectacular featuring a mix of well-known Christmas arrangements and original songs. Holly Kringle is a hardworking, young investigative journalist at a small New York magazine – who must get the next big festive scoop or she is out. She receives a letter from a secret organisation, The Ministry of Mistletoe, requesting her assistance on a top secret mission: Santa has been kidnapped! MoM believe it to be the work of dastardly duo Jack & Jill Frost, who believe that only the naughtiest of children should be rewarded and that Santa’s jolly days need to be put on ice. Holly must follow the clues, meet an array of colourful characters and find a way to fly to the rescue in order to find Santa and save Christmas.

Phone 01323 802020 or visit royalhippodrome.com.

15/12/2018 - 30/12/2018
7:00 pm
Sleeping Beauty by Rufus Norris

Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester 
Saturday-Sunday December 15-30, 2pm and 7pm

Tickets from £10. Suitable for ages 7+.
Chichester Festival Youth Theatre perform this classic tale based on The Sleeping Beauty in the Woods
by Charles Perrault. A princess under a fairy’s curse pricks her finger on a spindle and sleeps for a hundred years, waiting to be woken by a prince’s kiss. But hold on a moment. There’s a distinctly different slant to this story. The princess is beautiful and spirited but there are two princes and a lot of threatening thorns. As for the fairy who caused all the trouble in the first place – well, putting things right isn’t as simple as casting another spell. Rufus Norris’s splendidly entertaining and mischievous version of the original fairy tale ventures beyond the usual ‘happy ever after’ ending with the prince and princess united. The course of true love never did run smooth – especially if your mother-in-law is an ogress with an unfortunate taste for human flesh… Rufus Norris’s version of Sleeping Beauty premiered at the Young Vic (2002). He is director of the National Theatre. There will be a relaxed performance of Sleeping Beauty at 2pm on Sunday December 30.

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

Phone 01243 781312 or visit cft.org.uk.

16/12/2018 - 02/01/2019
All Day
Nellie Limelight and the Oysters of Time

Theatre Royal, New Road, Brighton

Sunday December 16-Wednesday January 2, various times

Tickets £12. Age 4-7

Something fishy is occurring… When Nellie Limelight stumbles across something in the wrong place and the wrong time, she sets out to investigate. Follow the intrepid detective as she endeavours to put things right, and on the way find the answer to some of life’s great questions:  What happens when a glow worm loses its glow? Who’s really in charge of the weather? And what’s an oyster’s favourite song? Nellie attempts to solve her most peculiar case to date in this funny, surprising, seasonal adventure around Theatre Royal Brighton.

Phone 0844 871 7650 or visit atgtickets.com.

19/12/2018 - 12/01/2019
7:30 pm
The Animals & Children Took To The Streets

The Old Market, 11a Upper Market Street, Hove

Wednesday December 19-Saturday January 12 except January 1, 7.30pm with 2.30pm matinees on Saturdays, 2.30pm on Sundays

Tickets premium £23, £27 and £29.50/standard £18, £22 and £24.50/on the door +£2/TOM’s Friends 15% off. Age 12+

This show by the award-winning theatre company 1927 is a theatrical journey of startling originality. Welcome to the Bayou, a part of the city feared and loathed wherein lies the infamous Bayou Mansions; a sprawling stinking tenement block, where curtain-twitchers and peeping-toms live side by side, and the wolf is always at the door. When Agnes Eaves and her daughter arrive late one night, does it signal hope in this hopeless place, or has the real horror only just begun? Seamlessly synchronising live music, performance and storytelling with stunning films and animation, this is the wickedly twisted international hit tale from the multiple award-winning company behind Golem and The Magic Flute.

Phone 01273 201801 or visit theoldmarket.com.

20/12/2018 - 31/12/2018
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Mischief and Mystery in Moomin Valley

The Old Market, 11a Upper Market Street, Hove

Thursday-Monday December 20-31, 10.30am and 12pm/no performances on Tuesday and Wednesday December 25 and 26

Tickets £8.50. Age 3-7

Discover a world where anything is possible! Be sure to pack your imagination and join us on an unforgettable journey to Moomin Valley, where everyone is welcome, nature thrives and adventures are plentiful. Magical puppetry, an ingenious pop-up book set, original music and interactive play will delight young audiences and encourage them to immerse themselves in a unique participatory story-telling. Expect snow, surprises and plenty of Moomin mischief!

Phone 01273 201801 or visit theoldmarket.com.

27/12/2018
3:00 pm
Herbie Flowers’ Christmas Special

Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton

Thursday December 27, 3pm

Tickets £7.50

Herbie Flowers will be joined by a host of special guests over the season, so head down and enjoy this Christmas special, with a mix of irresistible jazz, complete with a cuppa on arrival.

Phone 01273 709709 or visit brightondome.org.