Brighton Insider: The Warren

A rooftop bar, a children’s play area and a venue shaped like a bowler hat, why of course it must be The Warren. Back to inhabit the grounds of St Peter’s church, this festival within a festival will play host to a whopping 162 shows this Fringe and here at Broadway Baby we are completely spoilt for choice!

The Warren will prove that yet again, it is the place to be this Brighton Fringe.​

Once again, The Warren’s Theatre Box, has a number of delectable delights on offer this May. The hilarious 2 Complicated by multi-award winning Punchline Theatre presents a romantic comedy for the dot-com generation. Kluane Saunders and Future Legend Theatre take a more sombre but no less charming approach with An Old Fashioned Girl, a nostalgic look back at the golden age of radio and an exploration of love, life and female identity.

The eccentrically hat-shaped Main House will play host to the stunning Honey by Reaction Theatre Makers, 21-22 May. With 3 bee hives as their main set and a story that follows the trials and tribulations of a tattoo artist, an autistic boy and his parents, this original piece of theatre, interspersed with live folk music, is destined to be a sell-out show this year.

New to the ever-expanding Warren are Studios 2 and 3. These stages will host a programme spanning theatre, comedy, cabaret, dance and everything in between. Highlights include A Rude Awakening’s Hetty the King (and Other Women I Have Loved), a story about the renowned male impersonator whose career rip-roared through the fin de siècle and continued to astound right up until her death at the ripe old age of 89.

With an eclectic mix of comedy and theatre, Studio 3, the more intimate of the two spaces, presents yet another reason to venture into the rabbit hole. With Memories of a Lullaby and Sort of Theatre’s Buttons, those looking for a more sombre, heart felt experience of from the more politically motivated side of the Fringe are sure to enjoy both of these performances.

And if that’s not enough, festival food stalls from local traders, the new rooftop bar with delicious craft beers and an all-round vivacious festival vibe, The Warren will prove that yet again, it is the place to be this Brighton Fringe.

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