Blue Devil Productions closed the Rialto Theatre’s Brighton Fringe season last week with a two-act production,The Tragedy of Dorian Gray; their first full-length play.
Garry Roost’s one-hander, Warhol: Bullet Karma, at the Rialto Theatre, as part of the Brighton Fringe, explores aspects of the artist’s life through encounters with various peo…
Having studied Dylan Thomas at university, fallen in love with Richard Burton's classic interpretation of Under Milk Wood and having a strong Welsh family connection, I was exc…
The apologetic opening to Mayhem at the Cabaret Voltaire, explaining the failure of the actors to turn up, might seem out of place in any standard piece of theatre, but then it wou…
A family comedy show with a twist, Liz and Jessie's Undiscovered Country follows Liz and Jessie as they set out to explore places in the UK that may have had a connection to th…
Is artificial intelligence here to save us or to destroy us? Is the future more like Cameron’s Terminator or Spielberg’s A.
Glenda and Rita are two black and white stars from the 30s and 40s, who are trying to fit into a modern world of technicolour, personal labels, and what it really means to be a sta…
Winner of The Edinburgh Festival Fringe First Award, starring the Adelaide Fringe Best Actor award winner, David Calvitto.
A rare chance to see this show, whether in the flesh or online.
Following on from his success at the Brighton Fringe with Waiting for Hamlet, a two-hander with Nicholas Collett, Tim Marriott returns to the Rialto Theatre with a solo show that i…
Beethoven’s Ode to Joy is anything but that when played ad nauseam on a loop while you are kept on hold by a robotic voice saying, “All our operators are currently busy.
Diary of an Expat makes a striking impression even before Cecilia Gragnani enters the stage for her solo play at the Rialto Theatre, directed by Katharina Reinthaller.
Tara Sandilands Productions Presents: Sitting Pretty - a pop musical play that will fill you with a 90’s nostalgic glow*.
The burst of applause did not mark the end of the performance.
One day perhaps someone will write a play about a drag queen where, beneath the frock and below the wig, above the high heels and under the layers of slap exists a man who is happy…
Join ‘The After Dark’ for a glamorous evening of cabaret and burlesque right in the heart of Brighton.
History is brought to life, and the man behind one of the most famous speeches in British history is revealed in this delightful two-hander, Chamberlain: Peace in our Time, from Se…
After All These Years is a trilogy of plays courtesy of Close Quarter Productions and Theatre Reviva! in association with Holofcener Ltd.
Unless you have studied the history of theatre it's easy to imagine that performances on stage have always been very much as they are today.
Waiting for Hamlet has itself been waiting for some time.
There seems to be a resurgence of interest in the adaptability of works by Robert Louis Stevenson for the stage, with productions popping up in many quarters.
The title of the show and the name of the company drew me to this production.
Between Two Waves by Australian playwright Ian Meadows interweaves an urgent call to recognise the world’s impending climate crisis and the troubled smaller world of a young clim…
The feted fable of a woman’s misguided wish to escape crushing pressure to fit into the social structure of her world.
Char Brockes and Jack O'Neill (Ava Cardo) brought the Rialto Theatre to life with their unique styles of drag and slapstick comedy, in order to explore the theme of Romantic Co…
World famous Richard Filby is bringing his one-man show to Brighton Fringe in 2021.
Oscar Wilde’s classic tale moves to the 1960s where the world has changed and London is swinging.
Hit Edinburgh Fringe show returns to Brighton for its final shows of the year.
A simple production, A Life Twice Given stretches itself to do justice to a very complicated idea, with only limited resources and space.
The minute he walks calmly onto the stage and surveys the audience you know you’re in for something very special.
It is extremely unusual to see something completely new and fresh in theatre, let alone something surprising, but Numbers is just that.
Damon Runyon’s brilliant Broadway Stories became Guys and Dolls.
‘You’re gonna need a bigger boat.
If someone were to ask me what BREXIT (the show) was all about, I’d find it difficult to sum it up in a few words.
The Glang Show has arrived in Brighton! Earth’s most prestigious comedy anti-competition where the audience are given powerful orbs that grant them ultimate and arbitrary control o…
“You couldn’t hate me more than I hate myself.
Consisting of a small team of incredibly brave actors, Impromtu Shakespeare sees them improvising an entire 'Shakespeare' play based on audience suggestions.
A single actor, Jack Klaff, tell a series of interconnected stories about the most influential minds of the 20th century in Icons.
Another triumphant show from Ciadhra McGuire and Erik Igelström or, as they’re better known on stage, Earnest and Wilde.
1985: Frank the miner likes doing his job and reading the Sun.
It is 1989 and about time someone brought an end to the Cold War.
Enter Michael Phish with his warm front. The rest is history.
Bill Grundy’s fall from grace due to that interview with the Sex Pistols on Thames TV’s ‘Today’ programme and what he did next.
An intriguing tale made more interesting by the telling, Those Magnificent Men is both delightful and funny from beginning to end.
Billed as a ‘dark, uncompromising play about the myths of modern love’, this starts promisingly enough but soon veers off.
A highly topical, 5* tour-de-force from Festival Best Production Award Winners, director/designer Faynia Williams and actor/playwright Richard Crane.
What compels a 76 kg, 55 year old bloke from Stoke to tell the story of a singing legend who died at the age of 47, weighing just 39 kg?
All will be revealed in this affectionate…
This seems like perfect timing for another outing of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, on the week Joan Bakewell picked up her BAFTA fellowship award.
Ivan has done everything he was meant to do.
Anna Jordan’s two-hander FREAK is an unflinching look at female sexuality in a 21st century context.
Cleo is a strange girl.
Happy at home, happy at school.
So what’s her beef?
And why the graffiti?
A play concerned with fairness, class, education and social mobility.
Award-winning company Pretty Villian return to Brighton Fringe with Closer, an unembellished look at the lives of four characters as they become increasingly intertwined with one a…
Club Zazou! Come and join our immersive theatrical experience.
An adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Sharer, The Geminus tells the story of a young sea captain who, after discovering a fugitive clinging to the side ship, embarks on a j…
I Am A Camera was an ambitious undertaking, and unfortunately this time it didn’t pay off.
Adam is loving being Employment Minister.
1979, a beach in Brazil, a drowning man meets a mysterious woman who cajoles, questions and flatters him into defending the indefensible.
An intoxicating one-(wo)man show.
Meet the strip club owner who can’t get the staff, the incompetent sex line operator, the lift attendant with a secret, the man who wants a bigger one, Desperate Denise, inapprop…
Unmasked Theatre are filling the week before Christmas with a stage adaptation of It’s a Wonderful Life, the 1946 festive favourite.
Alfie Ordinary’s Christmas Special is back! For one night only, get fizzy and festive and sing along to all your favourite Christmas songs, performed live! With extra special guest…
LifeLikeTheatre brings the Orton Diaries to the stage at Rialto Theatre, Brighton and attempts to explore the final months of Orton’s life at the height of the swinging sixties.
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is 200 years old and yet the universality of the novel’s core message keeps her creation in the very centre of popular culture.
At London's Lyceum, something malign and vengeful is stirring.
A play by Gail Louw.
On the roof of multi-storey car park, two strangers collide.
You are invited to witness a series of intimate moments of vulnerability and loathing between two broken individuals seeking closure from a murder nine years ago.
With the teaser image of a banana on a plate and a blurb that includes previous accolades listed on its promotional material, Cooked promises to be a darkly comic rom-com where a n…
In the suitably gothic grandeur of the Rialto theatre, David Crawford bounds onto the stage to tell us the tale of H.
Martin’s overbearing mother dies leaving him homeless, helpless and unfortunately hopeless.
Set in an apocalyptical world, After feels like a theatrical experiment on many levels.
Falkland opens with a projected collage of imagery from the time of the Falkands war – punk rock, Brezhnev, Pacman, the Brixton riots, the wedding of Charles and Diana.
It's 1736, George II is on the throne, witchcraft laws are being appealed and the British Empire was starting to take shape.
What's your tipple? Pint of lager and a packet of cheese and onion crisps? How about an evening being transported to the White Oak pub where you will meet an eclectic mix of ch…
‘Mad About the Boy’ is a new play with musical interludes by local playwright Edwin Preece.
I had expected more passion and more punch from Unmasked Theatre's rendition of the classic Shakespearean play Antony and Cleopatra.
Dark and dramatic, tension-packed, teen-angst parody.
Walking into the Rialto Theatre felt like being transported back to a more gothic age.
A love story set in World War I follows the lives of three Irish air aces of the Royal Flying Corps against the background of great upheaval and change.
Adam Astra, a young rocketeer witnesses a star-girl fall to earth one night and vows to rocket her back among the stars.
The past is littered with magnificent women who deserve to be remembered and Anna Brassey is one of them: curator, collector, philanthropist, photographer, founder member of St Joh…
Come and get your teeth into a refreshing approach to acting with this Stanislavski-inspired technique.
Hymns for Robots is a play about the life of Delia Derbyshire, played by Jessie Coller, the uncredited mind behind the Doctor Who theme tune and the mother of electronic music.
Your chance to see a 53-year-old, 82 kilo bloke from Stoke portray the life of a singing legend who died aged 47 weighing just 36kg.
Are leaders born or are they raised? The latter would seem to be the case in Duncan Henderson’s excellent one man play The Polished Scar.
After a sell-out success at Brighton Fringe 2017, ‘The Frow Show’ returns with this superb sketch comedy show.
Caitlin is a theatrical portrait of Dylan Thomas’ wild wife, Caitlin Macnamara, and features Caitlin herself telling the story of their volatile and passionate relationship.
Did Will Shakespeare write his plays? Come and meet the man himself and take the lid off a legend in your local.
Nietzsche’s notion of the Übermensch receives one scant mention towards the end of Patrick Hamilton's Rope, yet it is the driving force that underpins the play.
French cabaret star Oriana Curls, acclaimed 5-star ‘Piaf remembered’ (Edfringe 2017) and singing judge on BBC TV show ‘All together now’, contemplates the future with ex-Dexy…
All aboard! Full steam ahead on SS Freedonia for the craziest show at Brighton Fringe.
Sardonic, wry, satirical, occasionally angry or surprisingly poignant, Greg Byron delivers original poems about life, the universe and everything(ish), plus word portraits and his …
What's Wrong With Monotony? sees a dishevelled, defeated writer struggling to put pen to paper, an activity I can confirm takes up more than half of every writer's career.
Back by popular demand! Call out your favourite tunes and the unmissable Human Jukebox will sing and play them.
An overnight train, somewhere in Europe.
You are cordially invited to a most unusual, mechanically achieved execution - death by means of a complex machine designed and constructed in a nightmare.
70s themed Cabaret with saucy, sexy live original music.
Anton does his best but it’s a heartless,
tough old world out there – what with the Nazis, internment, a loveless marriage and a son he can’t communicate with.
It’s rare when the title of a show manages to effectively review itself.
A chair, a poetry book, a man, and a bottle of water to wet his whistle – other than these there is no set and the stage is bare.
An end of life comedy, exploring themes of status, dynamics, and changing relationships in the light of parental loss.
As the audience files into the dark Rialto
theatre space, a lonely figure paces across the stage, dressed in baggy
tracksuit bottoms, a grubby white T-shirt and baseball hat, ang…
With the election and the possible demise of the National Health Service just around the corner, Pretty Villain Productions could not have picked a better time to showcase Joe Penh…
Summer in the south is
aggressively hot and stiflingly humid.
Written by Williams in the period before his death, Fox and Hound
take on two of his most difficult one act plays.
Two striking and contrasting puppetry shows form a double bill that explores the journey of dementia patients at the end of their life.
I wasn’t sure what I was expecting to see when I arrived at the Rialto Theatre.
‘Fake Hip Gnosis’ speaks to that camp desire to believe in earnest in those things our intellect tells us are ridiculous.
Unflinchingly honest journey to every mum.
Forget lovable rogues and artful dodgers, this uncomfortable monologue tells the true story of a London awash with criminal gangs in the interwar years.
We are told in the blurb that being a grown up sucks.
A year ago he inherited his father’s crumbling fast food shop.
Not just a magician but a ‘poet of the impossible’, Scots-Italian conjurer and writer, Lorenzo ‘Renz’ Novani, weaves verbal wizardry and magic into 50 thought provoking and wonder-…
A name as loaded with dark, romantic foreboding as Poe’s Last Night incurs comparison with the titles of Poe’s own works; it suggests mystery, a locked room of buried secrets.
Meet Megan and Sophie.
Brighton writer Richard Hearn’s comedy/drama asks the question “If you could replay a key moment in your life, what would you do differently?” ‘The Missing Special’ won the R…
After 3 sell-out runs in its native town of Forest Row in East Sussex, The Frow Show comes down the M23 to take the Brighton Fringe.
An emotional yet comedic performance from Tom Dussek on Sunday evening at the charming Rialto Theatre.
‘Living On The Edge - LIVE’ is the new one-woman stand-up comedy show from Maisie Adam, “one of the UK’s most exciting up-and-coming young comedians” (Ditto Theatre).
A brilliant weaving-together of vocals, poems, music, song and performance takes the audience on a breathtaking trip in the company of a series of angry, disaffected, bored, vengef…
One Summer evening in 1952, a 21-year-old Margaret Williams enters a dance hall.
Next to Normal spin words, music, vocals and their sweet, sweet moves into sketch forms every damn day (after their day jobs).
A courtroom in hell.
“There’s some pain you can’t grit your teeth through”, is something said by the sole performer in Scorched as he reflects on his time during WWII.
From the slapstick physical beginning of this self-penned one-man monologue, through to the show’s philosophical conclusion, the laughs come thick and fast in Bad Dad.
Imperial China, with its exotic riches and intrigues, remains as compelling to audiences today as it did in the early part of the 20th century, when the Princess Der Ling toured he…
Bassanio has been murdered and, under suspicion, Gratiano is forced to revisit his Fascist past.
A lengthy incarceration, a war outside of the prison walls,
and two forgotten prisoners losing their grip on time and reality, Stones is essentially a slow unravelling
of two cha…
Homegrown Buckle Collective hits Brighton Fringe with a new, experimental black comedy
At times moving, at times hilarious, ‘At the Junction Cafe’ is a battle of the generations…
Hit dark sketch comedy show featuring a host of weird and wonderful characters, culminating in a big James Bond finale.
Soviet Russia, 1937.
The famous musical ‘Gypsy’ captured everyone’s hearts when it was released.
Jack stayed on when the guns fell silent, to search amongst the rusty wire and unexploded bombs for those that could never go home.
‘Dear’ within the title of this production from Jean Rogers is exactly the
right word for the intimate relationship that is evoked from the love letters
sent between Ir…
The Treason Show takes the news, parodies it, adds music and makes it irreverently entertaining.
A show aimed squarely at the date-night crowd that’s silly
and fun, providing its mainly female audience with plenty of laughs in this
The lean, green,
Christmas-hating machine runs wild in this year’s holiday season production from
The Fertile Theatre Company.
Inspired by true events, “Contact Order” explores the story of Mark as he tries to protect his parental rights.
playwright Richard Crane, of National Theatre and Royal Court fame, being accompanied
by director Faynia Williams (National Theatre Mongolia & Romania) and not
Deadpan’s hot new comedy ‘Changing Partners’ follows the mayhem of a cast struggling to keep their show together on its last night of performance.
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