The Tragedy of Dorian Gray

The Tragedy of Dorian Gray

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. 

Warhol: Bullet Karma

Warhol: Bullet Karma

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… 

Fern Hill and Other Dylan Thomas

Fern Hill and Other Dylan Thomas

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… 

Mayhem at the Cabaret Voltaire

Mayhem at the Cabaret Voltaire

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… 

Liz and Jessie's Undiscovered Country

Liz and Jessie's Undiscovered Country

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… 

I am Echoborg Online

I am Echoborg Online

Is artificial intelligence here to save us or to destroy us? Is the future more like Cameron’s Terminator or Spielberg’s A. 

Cinebra: Glenda & Rita

Cinebra: Glenda & Rita

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… 

The Event

The Event

Winner of The Edinburgh Festival Fringe First Award, starring the Adelaide Fringe Best Actor award winner, David Calvitto. 

I am Echoborg

I am Echoborg

A rare chance to see this show, whether in the flesh or online. 

Watson: The Final Problem

Watson: The Final Problem

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… 

The Sensemaker

The Sensemaker

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

Diary of an Expat

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. 

Sitting Pretty

Sitting Pretty

Tara Sandilands Productions Presents: Sitting Pretty - a pop musical play that will fill you with a 90’s nostalgic glow*. 

The Vertical Hour by David Hare

The Vertical Hour by David Hare

The burst of applause did not mark the end of the performance. 

Make-up

Make-up

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… 

The After Dark Cabaret and Burlesque Show

The After Dark Cabaret and Burlesque Show

Join ‘The After Dark’ for a glamorous evening of cabaret and burlesque right in the heart of Brighton. 

Chamberlain: Peace in our Time

Chamberlain: Peace in our Time

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

After All These Years

After All These Years is a trilogy of plays courtesy of Close Quarter Productions and Theatre Reviva! in association with Holofcener Ltd. 

Drama King

Drama King

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

Waiting for Hamlet

Waiting for Hamlet has itself been waiting for some time. 

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

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. 

Why I Am an Avocado

Why I Am an Avocado

The title of the show and the name of the company drew me to this production. 

Between Two Waves

Between Two Waves

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… 

Growth of the Silk

Growth of the Silk

The feted fable of a woman’s misguided wish to escape crushing pressure to fit into the social structure of her world. 

Lionel and Cindy: The Greatest Love Story

Lionel and Cindy: The Greatest Love Story

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… 

The Richard Filby Spectacule

The Richard Filby Spectacule

World famous Richard Filby is bringing his one-man show to Brighton Fringe in 2021. 

The Tragedy of Dorian Gray

The Tragedy of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde’s classic tale moves to the 1960s where the world has changed and London is swinging. 

Di and Viv and Rose

Di and Viv and Rose

Manchester. 

Dancing in the Moonlight - A play about Phil Lynott

Dancing in the Moonlight - A play about Phil Lynott

Hit Edinburgh Fringe show returns to Brighton for its final shows of the year. 

A Life Twice Given

A Life Twice Given

A simple production, A Life Twice Given stretches itself to do justice to a very complicated idea, with only limited resources and space. 

Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope

Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope

The minute he walks calmly onto the stage and surveys the audience you know you’re in for something very special. 

Numbers

Numbers

It is extremely unusual to see something completely new and fresh in theatre, let alone something surprising, but Numbers is just that. 

Guys, Dolls and Pies

Guys, Dolls and Pies

Damon Runyon’s brilliant Broadway Stories became Guys and Dolls. 

The Shark is Broken

The Shark is Broken

‘You’re gonna need a bigger boat. 

BREXIT

BREXIT

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

The Glang Show

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… 

Myra

Myra

“You couldn’t hate me more than I hate myself. 

Impromptu Shakespeare

Impromptu Shakespeare

Consisting of a small team of incredibly brave actors, Impromtu Shakespeare sees them improvising an entire 'Shakespeare' play based on audience suggestions. 

Icons

Icons

A single actor, Jack Klaff, tell a series of interconnected stories about the most influential minds of the 20th century in Icons. 

Earnest & Wilde: Let's Face the Music (and Franz)

Earnest & Wilde: Let's Face the Music (and Franz)

Another triumphant show from Ciadhra McGuire and Erik Igelström or, as they’re better known on stage, Earnest and Wilde. 

Further Education

Further Education

1985: Frank the miner likes doing his job and reading the Sun. 

Hurricane Michael 2

Hurricane Michael 2

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. 

After Today

After Today

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. 

Those Magnificent Men

Those Magnificent Men

An intriguing tale made more interesting by the telling, Those Magnificent Men is both delightful and funny from beginning to end. 

Ross & Rachel

Ross & Rachel

Billed as a ‘dark, uncompromising play about the myths of modern love’, this starts promisingly enough but soon veers off. 

Mozzz!

Mozzz!

A highly topical, 5* tour-de-force from Festival Best Production Award Winners, director/designer Faynia Williams and actor/playwright Richard Crane. 

Edith Piaf Live at Nimegue

Edith Piaf Live at Nimegue

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… 

Betrayal by Harold Pinter

Betrayal by Harold Pinter

This seems like perfect timing for another outing of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, on the week Joan Bakewell picked up her BAFTA fellowship award. 

The Death of Ivan Ilyich

The Death of Ivan Ilyich

Ivan has done everything he was meant to do. 

FREAK

FREAK

Anna Jordan’s two-hander FREAK is an unflinching look at female sexuality in a 21st century context. 

Right of Entitlement

Right of Entitlement

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. 

Closer

Closer

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… 

Les Zazou!

Les Zazou!

Club Zazou! Come and join our immersive theatrical experience. 

The Geminus

The Geminus

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

I am a Camera

I Am A Camera was an ambitious undertaking, and unfortunately this time it didn’t pay off. 

Work Makes You Free by Michael Ross

Work Makes You Free by Michael Ross

Adam is loving being Employment Minister. 

Mengele

Mengele

1979, a beach in Brazil, a drowning man meets a mysterious woman who cajoles, questions and flatters him into defending the indefensible. 

Dietrich: Natural Duty

Dietrich: Natural Duty

An intoxicating one-(wo)man show. 

Risque!

Risque!

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… 

It's A Wonderful Life

It's A Wonderful Life

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

Alfie Ordinary's Christmas Special

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… 

Diary Of A Somebody

Diary Of A Somebody

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. 

Monsters - A Modern Frankenstein Story

Monsters - A Modern Frankenstein Story

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. 

The Ghost Light

The Ghost Light

At London's Lyceum, something malign and vengeful is stirring. 

Shackleton's Carpenter

Shackleton's Carpenter

A play by Gail Louw. 

Owls

Owls

On the roof of multi-storey car park, two strangers collide. 

Face to Face

Face to Face

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. 

Cooked

Cooked

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… 

Lovecraft's Monsters

Lovecraft's Monsters

In the suitably gothic grandeur of the Rialto theatre, David Crawford bounds onto the stage to tell us the tale of H. 

Martin Lingus

Martin Lingus

Martin’s overbearing mother dies leaving him homeless, helpless and unfortunately hopeless. 

After

After

Set in an apocalyptical world, After feels like a theatrical experiment on many levels. 

Falkland: The War the World Forgot

Falkland: The War the World Forgot

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. 

Stand and Deliver

Stand and Deliver

It's 1736, George II is on the throne, witchcraft laws are being appealed and the British Empire was starting to take shape. 

Clueless Theatre Presents: Two by Jim Cartwright

Clueless Theatre Presents: Two by Jim Cartwright

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

Mad About the Boy

‘Mad About the Boy’ is a new play with musical interludes by local playwright Edwin Preece. 

Antony and Cleopatra

Antony and Cleopatra

I had expected more passion and more punch from Unmasked Theatre's rendition of the classic Shakespearean play Antony and Cleopatra. 

Cinebra: A History Of Horror

Cinebra: A History Of Horror

Dark and dramatic, tension-packed, teen-angst parody. 

Marx in Soho by Howard Zinn

Marx in Soho by Howard Zinn

Walking into the Rialto Theatre felt like being transported back to a more gothic age. 

Love in 'The Harbour' by Eddie Alford

Love in 'The Harbour' by Eddie Alford

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. 

The Beautiful Dance of Life & Death

The Beautiful Dance of Life & Death

Adam Astra, a young rocketeer witnesses a star-girl fall to earth one night and vows to rocket her back among the stars. 

Anna

Anna

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… 

Acting and Creating a Character

Acting and Creating a Character

Come and get your teeth into a refreshing approach to acting with this Stanislavski-inspired technique. 

Hymns for Robots

Hymns for Robots

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. 

Edith Piaf Live at Nimegue

Edith Piaf Live at Nimegue

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. 

The Polished Scar

The Polished Scar

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. 

The Frow Show

The Frow Show

After a sell-out success at Brighton Fringe 2017, ‘The Frow Show’ returns with this superb sketch comedy show. 

Caitlin

Caitlin

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. 

Your Bard

Your Bard

Did Will Shakespeare write his plays? Come and meet the man himself and take the lid off a legend in your local. 

Rope

Rope

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. 

Brexit Blues

Brexit Blues

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… 

Whaddya Know - We're in Love!

Whaddya Know - We're in Love!

All aboard! Full steam ahead on SS Freedonia for the craziest show at Brighton Fringe. 

WordShow

WordShow

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?

What's Wrong with Monotony?

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. 

Glen Richardson: The Human Jukebox

Glen Richardson: The Human Jukebox

Back by popular demand! Call out your favourite tunes and the unmissable Human Jukebox will sing and play them. 

Bite-Size Plays presents: Neverwant

Bite-Size Plays presents: Neverwant

Neverwant. 

The Sleeper

The Sleeper

An overnight train, somewhere in Europe. 

Franz Kafka: Apparatus

Franz Kafka: Apparatus

You are cordially invited to a most unusual, mechanically achieved execution - death by means of a complex machine designed and constructed in a nightmare. 

Myra

Myra

“You couldn’t hate me more than I hate myself. 

Blues and Burlesque 70s Soireé

Blues and Burlesque 70s Soireé

70s themed Cabaret with saucy, sexy live original music. 

Being Brahms

Being Brahms

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  • London Fringe
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  • 24th Mar - 5th May 2018

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. 

Half Baked

Half Baked

It’s rare when the title of a show manages to effectively review itself. 

Slooshy Wordshow

Slooshy Wordshow

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. 

God's Waiting Room

God's Waiting Room

An end of life comedy, exploring themes of status, dynamics, and changing relationships in the light of parental loss. 

Bones

Bones

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… 

Blue/Orange

Blue/Orange

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… 

Tennessee Williams' 27 Wagons Full of Cotton

Tennessee Williams' 27 Wagons Full of Cotton

Summer in the south is aggressively hot and stiflingly humid. 

Tennessee Williams Double: Ivan's Widow & Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen

Tennessee Williams Double: Ivan's Widow & Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen

Written by Williams in the period before his death, Fox and Hound take on two of his most difficult one act plays. 

Dark Matter & Angeleta and Etelvina

Dark Matter & Angeleta and Etelvina

Two striking and contrasting puppetry shows form a double bill that explores the journey of dementia patients at the end of their life. 

New York Stories

New York Stories

I wasn’t sure what I was expecting to see when I arrived at the Rialto Theatre. 

Fake Hip Gnosis

Fake Hip Gnosis

‘Fake Hip Gnosis’ speaks to that camp desire to believe in earnest in those things our intellect tells us are ridiculous. 

Motherhood: (Un)speakable, (Un)spoken

Motherhood: (Un)speakable, (Un)spoken

Unflinchingly honest journey to every mum. 

The Elephant Girls

The Elephant Girls

Forget lovable rogues and artful dodgers, this uncomfortable monologue tells the true story of a London awash with criminal gangs in the interwar years. 

Bug Camp

Bug Camp

We are told in the blurb that being a grown up sucks. 

Cracked Tiles

Cracked Tiles

A year ago he inherited his father’s crumbling fast food shop. 

Poet of the Impossible

Poet of the Impossible

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-… 

Poe's Last Night

Poe's Last Night

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. 

The Missing Special

The Missing Special

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… 

The Frow Show

The Frow Show

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. 

Doing What It Says On The Tin

Doing What It Says On The Tin

An emotional yet comedic performance from Tom Dussek on Sunday evening at the charming Rialto Theatre. 

Maisie Adam: Living On The Edge - LIVE

Maisie Adam: Living On The Edge - LIVE

‘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 Murder of Ravens

A Murder of Ravens

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… 

Acting and Creating a Character

Acting and Creating a Character

Come and get your teeth into a refreshing approach to acting with this Stanislavski-inspired technique. 

Living With George

Living With George

One Summer evening in 1952, a 21-year-old Margaret Williams enters a dance hall. 

Double Whammy

Double Whammy

Next to Normal spin words, music, vocals and their sweet, sweet moves into sketch forms every damn day (after their day jobs). 

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Something Wicked This Way Comes

A courtroom in hell. 

Open Sky present Scorched

Open Sky present Scorched

“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. 

Bad Dad

Bad Dad

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. 

The Empress and Me

The Empress and Me

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… 

Gratiano

Gratiano

Bassanio has been murdered and, under suspicion, Gratiano is forced to revisit his Fascist past. 

Stones

Stones

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… 

At the Junction Cafe

At the Junction Cafe

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… 

The Intimate Strangers: Mister Bond

The Intimate Strangers: Mister Bond

Hit dark sketch comedy show featuring a host of weird and wonderful characters, culminating in a big James Bond finale. 

The Writers' Bloc

The Writers' Bloc

Soviet Russia, 1937. 

Gypsy Unveiled

Gypsy Unveiled

The famous musical ‘Gypsy’ captured everyone’s hearts when it was released. 

The Unknown Soldier

The Unknown Soldier

Jack stayed on when the guns fell silent, to search amongst the rusty wire and unexploded bombs for those that could never go home. 

The Writers' Bloc

The Writers' Bloc

Soviet Russia, 1937. 

My Dear Miss Terry

My Dear Miss Terry

The word ‘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

The Treason Show

The Treason Show takes the news, parodies it, adds music and makes it irreverently entertaining. 

Would Like To Meet

Would Like To Meet

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 charming production. 

The Grouch Who Couldn't Steal Christmas

The Grouch Who Couldn't Steal Christmas

The lean, green, Christmas-hating machine runs wild in this year’s holiday season production from The Fertile Theatre Company. 

Contact order

Contact order

Inspired by true events, “Contact Order” explores the story of Mark as he tries to protect his parental rights. 

Vlad the Impaler

Vlad the Impaler

With playwright Richard Crane, of National Theatre and Royal Court fame, being accompanied by director Faynia Williams (National Theatre Mongolia & Romania) and not forgetting b… 

Changing Partners

Changing Partners

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.