Brighton Fringe: Something For The Opening Weekend

May Bank Holiday weekend can only mean one thing; Brighton Fringe is almost upon us. With a plethora of shows to see, let Broadway Baby help plan your opening weekend from Thursday 4 until Sunday 7 May, and you won’t go wrong.

We’ve had our eye on these guys for a while, and they promise to live up to expectation.

Thursday 4 May

With the star attraction being the fireworks display at St Peter’s Church, the evening is best spent at The Warren.

10 Steps To Happiness (18:30, Warren Studio 3) from Brighton based company Happenings is sold out on this night but catch them again 22-24 May. So get another drink and wait for Pick of the Fringe Launch Night Special (19:30, Warren Main House) - likely to have a strong opening night to kick-start their run. After that make your way to the Brighton Fringe Launch Night Fireworks (Viewing Area) where the fireworks start at 21:45.

Friday 6 May

After an evening at The Warren, why not spend some time at two of the other big-hitters from Brighton Fringe, Sweet & The Rialto?

Network Diagnostics (14:30, Sweet Dukebox) is part of Brighton Fringe Window programme, which supports & develops emerging artists. Next is Passpawt(16:00, Sweet Dukebox), a potential delight about the perils of cat ownership and featured on our Top 10 Hidden Gems. Finish the afternoon with Get Fit With Bruce Willis(17:30, Sweet Dukebox) where an ageing Jimmy Somerville impersonator sells his soul to the devil.

After dinner, see another from our Top 10 Hidden Gems, Stones (19:30, The Rialto) from writer Katy Matthews. To close off the evening, You Give Me Fever, the Phaedra Cabaret(23:00, Broadway Lounge) with actress and singer Pippa Winslow (The Sound of Music, The Phantom of the Opera), it won’t disappoint.

Saturday 6 May

Coffee, croissants and children’s shows.

A good start to Saturday is Dr Zeiffal, Dr Zeigal and the Hippo That Can Never be Caught! (10:00, The Warren:Studio 2) the hugely popular family comedy appearing for its 2nd year at Brighton Fringe.

Fringe City opens at 13:00 and opening weekend is usually manic. A mini version of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile and, unlike Edinburgh, locals make a beeline for it.

For the afternoon, They Built It. No One Came. (14:30, The Warren: Studio 2) Fledgling Theatre Company, returns after much success at Edinburgh Fringe. Then, head to Komedia for a night of Musical Bingo (Komedia, 20:30) – it’s as entertaining as it sounds.

Griffin and Jones have two shows at the fringe this year, and we’ve picked Talking to the Dead (22:10, Sweet Dukebox) for a spot of late night entertainment. We’ve had our eye on these guys for a while, and they promise to live up to expectation.

Sunday 7 May

The last day of the opening weekend, you deserve a drink!

Deep in The Heart of Me (13:00, Sweet Waterfront 2) is the pick of the afternoon. Described as a Shirley Valentine for the 21st Century, this show returns to Brighton Fringe. Yuriko Kotani (20:00, The Warren: Studio 3) has been excellent in short slots so we are excited to see what she brings to a full set. Another that stands out includes Rap Guide to Consciousness (21:30, The Warren: Studio 2). Baba Brinkman has several other hit shows under his belt and never fails to deliver.

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