With Easter on the horizon it’s time to bring attention to Brighton Fringe with a look at some shows that are likely to sell out. Book early – you have been warned.
Saffron from Republica suddenly appearing on stage?! Jaw-dropping!
The Accidental Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Tobacco Tea Company regularly fill 200+ seats a day in Edinburgh and bring their centrepiece show to The Warren: Studio 2. A good, solid hour of entertainment that will suit families over half-term. 1-4 June.
Fresh from a four star review, Hurricane Michael (featuring Michael Fish), heads to The Warren: Studio 3 for 6 nights. This ‘blast of a production’ is in a limited capacity theatre so expect tickets to be snapped up. 18-21 May and 3-4 June.
Open Sky present Scorched
Awards have piled up in the past for Open Sky & Turtle Key Arts – so the Rialto will be delighted to host them. Scorched, a new piece from Open Sky is inspired by true WW2 stories and their blend of physical theatre with compelling storyline is sure to garner rave reviews. 9-13 May.
Rap Guide to Consciousness
Having once seen Baba Brinkman purely by accident when turning right instead of left in an Edinburgh Festival Fringe venue, I sat entranced as the literary master rapped about the Canterbury Tales, Gilgamesh and much more. Do yourself a favour, turn right as well and pick up tickets for this astonishing artist. 7-11 May (not 10).
Sweet Venues have expanded to the King Alfred centre in Hove to bring this acclaimed show to Brighton Fringe. It’s a brutal recreation of the story set to a blistering 90s soundtrack. "Shocked, and I wrote the f*cking thing!" was Irvine Welsh’s reaction when he saw it in Edinburgh. 16-21 May.
This musical that started life at FringeNYC back in 2004 had a long life off-broadway but never quite replicated its success in the UK. Nevertheless, it’s an excellent production that’s worth seeing when possible. At Brighton Little Theatre from 13-20 May.
Revan and Fennell: Fan Club
When Broadway Baby reviewed the comedic duo back in 2015, they scored a coveted 5 stars (here).The new French & Saunders? Our reviewer thought they might be. Revan and Fennell are just one highlight from a strong comedy line-up at Komedia. 28 May only.
Still going strong, or at least managing to make it through their hangovers each morning, Shit-Faced will be high on ‘must-see’ lists. Perfect for a fringe audience. 14-29 May.
The Girl From Mars
When an alien space-ship lands behind a rural pub… you might struggle to follow the rest of the plot. Last year had aliens, a dominatrix, robots, Saffron from Republica suddenly appearing on stage?! 90s nostalgia at its finest and a live band playing plenty of Britpop classics. Jaw-dropping! 4 June only.