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9 to 5 the musical

Caroline Quentin in relative values

priscilla queen of the desert

summer 2013

Starring ZoĂŤ Wanamaker coming to Theatre royal brighton tue 23 - sat 27 apr

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9 to 5 the musical

Caroline Quentin in relative values

Inspired by the music, life and times of IKE & priscilla queen of the desert

summer 2013 coming to Theatre royal brighton mon 22 - sat 27 julY

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summer 2013 CentreStage Members and Sponsors

Theatre Royal Bath Productions and Chocolate Factory Productions present

We would like to thank the following for their support

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beautiful thing mon 10 - sat 15 jun

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9 to 5 the musical mon 5 - sat 10 aug

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birdsong mon 29 jul - sat 3 aug one night shows

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priscilla queen of the desert tue 17 dec - sun 5 jan 28 - 29

Ambassador theatre group Co-founded by Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire in 1992, the Ambassador Theatre Group Ltd (ATG) is the largest owner/operator of theatres in the UK with 39 venues, an internationally recognised theatre producer and a leader in theatre ticketing services through ATG Tickets. ATG’s impressive portfolio of West End theatres includes Apollo Victoria, Donmar Warehouse, Duke of York’s, Fortune, Harold Pinter, Lyceum, Phoenix, Piccadilly, Playhouse, Savoy, Trafalgar Studio 1 and Trafalgar Studio 2. ATG’s regional theatres include The Ambassadors Woking encompassing the New Victoria and Rhoda McGaw Theatres and the award-winning Ambassador Cinemas; Aylesbury Waterside Theatre; New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham; Theatre Royal Brighton; Bristol Hippodrome; Churchill Theatre Bromley; Edinburgh Playhouse; Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone; King’s Theatre and Theatre Royal, Glasgow; Grimsby Auditorium; Liverpool Empire; Palace Theatre and Opera House, Manchester; Milton Keynes Theatre; New Theatre, Oxford; Richmond Theatre; Southport Theatre; Regent Theatre and Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent; Sunderland Empire; Princess Theatre, Torquay; New Wimbledon Theatre and New Wimbledon Studio; Grand Opera House, York. ATG has been behind some of the most successful and innovative productions in Britain and internationally. Current and recent ATG co-productions include Macbeth, Passion Play, Posh, Jumpy and Constellations (Royal Court at the Duke of York’s), 9 To 5 The Musical, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Legally Blonde The Musical, Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Rocky Horror Show, Maurice’s Jubilee, Goodnight Mister Tom, The Mystery of Charles Dickens, South Pacific, All New People, Dandy Dick, Blue/ Orange, Ghost The Musical, Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker!, Exit the King, The Mountaintop, Being Shakespeare, The Misanthrope, West Side Story, Elling and Guys and Dolls.

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Supporting quality drama at Theatre Royal Brighton

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less than kind mon 27 may - sat 1 jun

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The legendary, smash hit thriller celebrates its 60th anniversary

english touring theatre & liverpool everyman and playhouse present ‘The cleverest murder mystery of British Theatre’ The daily Telegraph

‘A truly entertaining classic thriller’

‘anarchic, irreverent & hysterically funny. Flawless’

The Sunday Times

‘Deservedly a classic among murder thrillers’

the observer on roger mcgough’s tartuffe

The Observer

A classic. A landmark. A legend. The Mousetrap is famous around the world as being the longest running show of any kind in the history of theatre - with over 25,000 performances it’s a play to be proud of. And to celebrate 60 incredible years on stage, it’s going on tour for the first time, with a star cast to give you a once in a lifetime opportunity to see this masterpiece here at Theatre Royal Brighton. The scene is set when a group of people gathered in a country house cut off by the snow discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be? One by one the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until at the last, nerve shredding moment the identity and the motives are finally revealed. In her own inimitable style, Dame Agatha Christie has created an atmosphere of shuddering suspense and a brilliantly intricate plot where murder lurks around every corner. 4

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THE MISANTHROPE How to lose friends and infuriate people! By Roger McGough after Molière Directed by Gemma Bodinetz Master wordsmith Roger McGough dips his quill into a Molière classic in this mockery of manners and morals set among 17th century French aristocracy. Considered by many to be Molière’s best work, The Misanthrope will again join the creative forces of McGough, director Gemma Bodinetz and English Touring Theatre to complete a trilogy of Molière comedies, following the huge successes of Tartuffe and The Hypochondriac. Poet Alceste is disgusted with French society. Powdered fops gossip in code and bejewelled coquettes whisper behind fans wherever he looks. In pursuit of honesty, he embarks on a one man crusade against forked tongues, frippery and fakery. But could the woman he has fallen in love with be the worst culprit of all? And in this artificial world will his revolution prove just revolting? Roger McGough pictured

tue 30 apr - sat 4 may Eves 7.45pm Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm TICKETS £10 - £25 (Premium seats available)

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Winner of the Evening Standard Award for Best Play

Prior to the West End

by peter nichols directed by david Leveaux set designed by hildegard bechtler

Starring Zoë Wanamaker (Harry Potter) and Samantha Bond (Downton Abbey) Olivier Award winner Zoë Wanamaker stars in Passion Play, a provocative comedy about sex, love and infidelity, reuniting David Leveaux with Wanamaker for the first time since the theatrical phenomenon Electra hit the West End. Comfortably married for 25 years, Eleanor’s world is turned upside down when her husband begins an affair with their young friend Kate. As the lies mount up, the marriage is stripped bare, revealing illicit desires and hidden passions. A potent mix of intimacy and deception, this modern classic by Peter Nichols (Privates on Parade, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg) and winner of the Evening Standard Award for Best Play visits Brighton before a much anticipated return to the West End, starring Zoë Wanamaker (Harry Potter, My Family and Arthur Miller’s All My Sons) and Samantha Bond (Downton Abbey, Outnumbered, Miss Moneypenny in James Bond) and directed by David Leveaux (Arcadia, Betrayal, The Real Thing).

‘adult in the only true sense of the word’ the Sunday Times 6

tue 23 - sat 27 apr Eves 7.45pm Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm TICKETS £15 - £38 No per ticket fee Atg theatre card £5 off Tue eve Patrons £5 off Tue eve associates £5 off Tue eve G £ e Details page 31

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brighton festival 2013

★★★★★

‘Flies as high as theatre can go heartfelt and stunning’

‘Many circus shows build towards wow factor moments, but in this piece you quickly cease to expect triumphant drum rolls because this is a show in which every single minute counts An awe inspiring show’

Tucson Weekly

The Guardian

★★★★

Casus Knee Deep

Four performers explore the boundaries of strength and tenderness. Bodies are pushed and pulled, weighed and tested, probing the limits of both physicality and feeling. As unlikely bonds are forged and space is transcended by thrilling physical feats, we are invited to re imagine notions of our limitations. Casus features two members of Circa – a huge hit of Brighton Festival 2011. Knee Deep is their first production, a bold, quirky and captivating performance that has blown audiences away throughout Australia and at Edinburgh last year. Using traditional and contemporary circus techniques, this intimate show journeys through moments of raw discovery and fleeting relationships as the four artists demonstrate that delicacy need not equate to fragility. Knee Deep is a breathtaking display of humanity and incredible physical skill performed with raw emotion and honesty. Accessible, without words and highly visual.

‘it feels like a delicious dream, one you don’t want to wake up from’ Festival Magazine

The Kite Runner Adapted by Matthew Spangler Based on the novel by Khaled Hosseini ‘For you, a thousand times over’ In a divided country on the verge of war, childhood friends Amir and Hassan are about to be torn apart. As the skies above Kabul fill with the excitement and joy of a kite flying tournament, neither of the boys can foresee what will happen to Hassan that afternoon - an event that will shape their lives into a web of betrayal, guilt and reconciliation.

tue 21 - sat 25 may Tue, Wed & Fri 7.30pm Thu & Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm

signed performance Fri 24 May 7.30pm

festival standby £10

Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner is one of the best loved novels of recent years. This eagerly awaited stage adaptation is a deeply moving contemplation of the price of loyalty, the possibility of redemption in a land facing destruction and, above all, the bond of a friendship that spans cultures and continents.

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Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse

TICKETS £11 £16 £19.50 £23.50

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Terence Rattigan’s undiscovered comedy gem

brighton festival 2013 Britten: The Canticles

★★★★

World Premiere Production Co-commissioned by Brighton Festival thu 9 may 7.30pm TICKETS £11 £16 £21 £28.50 Festival Standby £10

‘A cracking good piece superbly played’

Ian Bostridge tenor Iestyn Davies countertenor Benedict Nelson baritone Richard Watkins horn Julius Drake piano Sally Pryce harp

THE GUARDIAN

★★★★

Image John Keane Photos Shelia Rock; Marco Borggreve

Staged by Neil Bartlett and Paule Constable with Scott Graham for Frantic Assembly, Wendy Houstoun and artist John Keane.

‘This salute to Terence Rattigan is a treat’

In the five Canticles, Britten distilled his immense operatic scope into miniature jewels that glitter with musical inspiration and dramatic potential. They explore the themes closest to his heart; sexual love, the horror of war, spiritual longing and the struggle for self acceptance.

THE TIMES

★★★★

Using physical theatre, dance and film, this bold reimagining of the series brings The Canticles together to create a single dramatic evening.

‘Spiked with zingy one liners, this is superior stuff’

A co-commission with Aldeburgh Music, with future performances at ROH Linbury. Supported by Arts Council England

TIME OUT

By Terence

Tracy Chevalier fri 10 may 8pm TICKETS £11 The Girl With the Pearl Earring established Tracy Chevalier as one of our most accomplished and popular writers of historical fiction. She talks about, and reads extracts from, her latest book, The Last Runaway, set in 1850s Ohio. The novel follows the Quaker Honor Bright as she flees England for a new life in America; as she struggles to find her place and her voice in a strange land, she must also decide what she is willing to risk for her beliefs.

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Alan Rusbridger and Richard Sennett Play It Again sat 11 may 2pm TICKETS £11 Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian, set himself an almost impossible goal: to learn, in one year, Chopin’s fiendishly difficult Ballade No. 1. In his book Play It Again, he relates how he found the right teacher, and the right piano; and gained insights and advice from pianists, theorists, historians, neuroscientists and even secretaries of state.

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Rattigan

In this hilarious romantic comedy, steel magnate John Fletcher has risen to the colossal challenge of out producing Albert Speer and the Nazi war machine in tanks for D-Day. Five weeks later he can leave the government, file for a divorce from his unfaithful wife and marry his true love, the widow Olivia Brown. But an even greater foe enters the fray Olivia’s son who has returned from evacuation is now 17. He has joined the rising tide of socialists and is outraged at the thought of his mum marrying ‘the enemy’. Can John reach his true love and who will Olivia choose? Starring Sue Holderness (Only Fools and Horses, Green, Green Grass) and William Gaminara (Silent Witness), this beautiful Terence Rattigan comedy lay undiscovered due to an accident of wartime and is now brought to the stage in Adrian Brown’s critics’ choice production.

mon 27 may - sat 1 jun Eves 7.45pm Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm TICKETS £10 - £25 (Premium seats available)

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The Return of the National Theatre’s Award Winning production

A COMING OF AGE LOVE STORY

Bill Kenwright Presents

Tom O’Connell for QNQ Ltd presents THE 20th ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION OF THE AWARD WINNING

BY JONATHAN HARVEY

‘Breathtaking’ The Guardian

‘A beautiful work of art that everybody should see’

suranne jones zaraah abrahams oliver farnworth jake davies danny-boy hatchard

Direct from the West End, the award winning Beautiful Thing will play in Brighton for one week only. This uplifting and heartwarming new production is written by Jonathan Harvey, directed by Nikolai Foster, designed by Colin Richmond and stars Suranne Jones, Zaraah Abrahams and Oliver Farnworth. Beautiful Thing is a glorious urban love story between two young men coming to grips with their sexuality and the effect it has on the people in their lives. It tells the story of teenager Jamie’s relationship with classmate and neighbour Ste. Together the two boys find comedy, warmth and the music of Mama Cass through their loud mouthed next door neighbour Leah. Suranne Jones will star as Sandra, Jamie’s mother. Suranne is best known for her role as Karen McDonald in Coronation Street and DC Rachel Bailey in Scott & Bailey. Her stage credits include Top Girls, Blythe Spirit and A Few Good Men. Waterloo Road star Zaraah Abrahams plays Leah and Hollyoaks heart throb Oliver Farnworth plays Tony. Also introducing Jake Davies as Jamie and Danny-Boy Hatchard as Ste. Jonathan Harvey is a regular writer on Coronation Street, and wrote hit TV series Gimme, Gimme, Gimme and Beautiful People. His stage work includes Canary, Corrie! and Closer to Heaven, as well as the bestselling 2012 novel All She Wants. 12

www.BeautThing.com. Suitable for ages 12+

The Times

‘The theatrical equivalent of a whoop of joy’ the guardian

mon 10 - sat 15 jun Eves 7.45pm Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm TICKETS £10 - £27 (Premium seats available)

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Following sell out seasons at the National Theatre, on Broadway and in the West End, Bill Kenwright presents the award winning play The Pitmen Painters. Written by Lee Hall, creator of the worldwide sensation Billy Elliot, The Pitmen Painters has received huge critical acclaim and won the Evening Standard award for Best New Play. In 1934, a group of Ashington miners hired a professor to teach an art appreciation evening class. Rapidly abandoning theory in favour of practice, the pitmen began to paint. Within a few years the most avant garde artists became their friends and their work was acquired by prestigious collections; but every day they worked, as before, down the mine. Examining the lives of a group of ordinary men who do extraordinary things, The Pitmen Painters is a humorous, deeply moving and timely look at art, class and politics. Photographs of previous cast

mon 24 - sat 29 jun Eves 7.45pm Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm TICKETS £10 - £27 (Premium seats available)

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CLASSIC COWARD COMEDY PRIOR TO THE WEST END

Theatre Royal Bath Productions presents

PATRICIA HODGE, CAROLINE QUENTIN, RORY BREMNER

relative Values by NoËl Coward Directed by Trevor Nunn

A stellar cast comes to Brighton when three of Britain’s most popular comedy performers join forces in one of Noël Coward’s most successful comedies. Set in the early 1950s, Relative Values is about the uproarious culture clash between the glittering world of Hollywood and the stiff upper lip of the English aristocracy. There is consternation at Marshwood House when the young Earl announces he is to marry a Hollywood film actress, but the family is well and truly flummoxed when it comes to light that the starlet’s sister is none other than Moxie, the Earl’s mother’s maid. In an attempt to cope with this deeply embarrassing situation, Moxie is dressed up in her ladyship’s cast offs as the family endeavours to pass her off as one of their own. Olivier Award winner Patricia Hodge’s extensive stage and television work ranges from Dandy Dick to His Dark Materials, and from Rumpole of the Bailey to BBC One’s Miranda. Two time winner of the Best TV Comedy Actress Award, Caroline Quentin, has starred in shows such as Life Begins, Kiss Me Kate, Jonathan Creek and most recently Stephen Poliakoff’s Dancing on the Edge. Making his drama debut in Relative Values, Rory Bremner is one of the UK’s leading impressionists and comedians, known for Bremner, Bird and Fortune and the award winning Rory Bremner Who Else? Tony and Olivier Award winning director Trevor Nunn is one of the UK’s leading theatre, film and television directors with an extensive repertoire including Cats, Les Misérables, Summerfolk, and The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. 14

‘Richly enjoyable and thoroughly reprehensible’ the Daily Telegraph

mon 1 - sat 6 jul Eves 7.45pm Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm TICKETS £15 - £38 (Premium seats available)

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MAGICAL FAMILY FUN FROM THE MAKERS OF PEPPA PIG

DIRECT FROM ITS TRIUMPHANT WEST END RUN AT LONDON’S SAVOY THEATRE

BILL KENWRIGHT AND JOHN MILLER PRESENT

★★★★

‘Somewhere, hidden amongst the thorny brambles is a little kingdom where everyone is very very small’

Inspired by the music, life and times of IKE &

From the makers of Peppa Pig comes this BAFTA Award winning television animation for the first time ever live on stage! Holly is a young Fairy Princess who is still learning how to fly and her magic doesn’t always go quite according to plan. Her best friend, Ben the Elf, doesn’t have wings and he doesn’t do magic, but he runs very fast and flies on the back of Gaston the Ladybird. They live in the Little Kingdom, a tiny land where flowers and grass rise high above them and every day is an adventure. Ben and Holly have fun and games helping Gaston the Ladybird clean up his messy cave. They go on a trip into The Big World with tooth fairy Nanny Plum. They even plan a surprise birthday party for King Thistle, but oops, let’s hope there’s not another jelly flood! Join Ben and Holly and their friends on this exciting musical adventure packed full of games, songs and laughter on an enchanting journey through the magical kingdom. With actors, masks and colourful costumes, this beautiful story of elves, princesses and childhood innocence will delight all the family. www.benandhollylive.com 16

‘sensational’ the times

★★★★

wed 10 jul 1pm & 4pm Thu 11 Jul 1pm & 4.30pm TICKETS Adults £12.50 - £14.50 Children £10.50 - £12.50 (Premium seats available)

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Direct from its smash hit West End season, this new musical hailed as ‘Sensational’ THE Daily Telegraph is inspired by the life and times of Ike and Tina Turner. Critics and audiences alike are raving about the show with ‘A back catalogue to die for’ Evening Standard. This ‘slick’ new musical The Times features all the classic Tina Turner hits, including What’s Love Got To Do With It, Proud Mary, Private Dancer, River Deep Mountain High and of course Simply The Best and many more. The story follows the highs, lows, passions and heartbreak of Ike and Tina as their careers soared whilst their marriage crumbled, ultimately leading to Tina being catapulted to super stardom and heralded as one of the greatest solo artists of all time. Full of heart and soul, electrifying choreography, and stunning musical numbers, Soul Sister is sure to have you on your feet, partying the night away.

‘terrific’ daily mail

mon 22 - sat 27 jul Eves 7.45pm Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm TICKETS £10 - £29.50 (Premium seats available)

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SHAKESPEARE’s Globe returns

Directed by Nick Bagnall Designed by Ti Green Composed by Alex Baranowski With

Graham Butler as Henry VI Following the death of Henry V, celebrated for having united England and subjugated France, divisions appear at the highest levels – first between those around the infant Henry VI, later between the two great factions in English politics: the houses of Lancaster and York. Only the young Lord Talbot, locked in combat with the bewitching and enigmatic Joan of Arc, seems capable of redeeming a divided and dishonoured kingdom. 18

Shakespeare’s Globe returns to Theatre Royal Brighton, presenting the three plays of Henry VI under their original titles.

The saintly Henry VI is undermined by his nobles, especially the ambitious Richard, Duke of York, and by the Kentish rebellion, led by the charismatic Jack Cade, popular champion and savage critic of England’s social inequality.

A bloody power struggle opens up between the King’s party, led by the fearsome Queen Margaret, and the Yorkists, led by first Richard, then his sons Edward and that lump of foul deformity, Richard of Gloucester.

The plays create a world without ideology; a savage time, when the heroes are not kings, but formidable women, such as Joan of Arc, or rebels, such as Jack Cade. Bold characterisation, black comedy, rhetorical power and, in the personality of Henry VI, touching pathos combine in Shakespeare’s powerful rendering of a country racked by civil war. Shakespeare almost certainly did not set out to write a trilogy. Whilst you can take advantage of three plays in a day, each play can be enjoyed individually without knowledge of the others. #HenryVI

Supporting quality drama at Theatre Royal Brighton

wed 17 - sat 20 jul Harry the Sixth Wed 7.45pm, Thu 2.30pm & Sat 12.30pm The Houses of York & Lancaster Thu 7.45pm & Sat 4pm The True Tragedy of the Duke of York Fri & Sat 7.45pm TICKETS £15 - £25 (Premium seats available)

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★★★H★‘SASSY STORY, PUNCHY DOLLY PARTON SONGS AND KNOCK OUT PERFORMANCES’

a brand spankin’ new week returns due to phenomenal demand!

Sunday Express

the critically acclaimed new musical Starring Ben Richards and Jackie Clune 9 to 5 The Musical is the hilarious new musical comedy based on the hit movie that centres on three office workers who turn the tables on their sexist boss. Outrageous, thought provoking and even a little romantic, 9 to 5 The Musical is about teaming up and taking care of business. Featuring original numbers from Dolly Parton’s Oscar, Tony® and Grammy Award nominated score including Backwoods Barbie, Shine Like the Sun and the original hit song 9 to 5. Join in the fun - sing along to 9 to 5 with Dolly, from her desk in Dollywood!

‘THE BEST SHOW WE’VE SEEN ALL YEAR’ Music & Lyrics by

Dolly Parton Directed by 20

Written by

GAY TIMES

Patricia Resnick

jeff calhoun

Based on the 20th Century Fox Picture Originally produced on Broadway by Robert Greenblatt, April 2009 This production presented by permission of JOSEF WEINBERGER LIMITED on behalf of MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL of New York. Photographs of original cast.

★★★★

‘it’s dolly good fun’ daily star

mon 5 - sat 10 aug Mon 8pm Tue - Sat eves 7.45pm Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm TICKETS £15 - £39.50 (Premium seats available)

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Epic tale of love and war comes to the stage

one night shows sally morgan

The Original Theatre Company & Birdsong Productions Ltd

PSYCHIC SALLY ON THE ROAD sun 2 jun 7.45pm TICKETS £24.50 G Star of Sky Living returns for another phenomenal nationwide tour. Sally’s warm and bubbly personality has attracted a new audience to the spiritual world. Many have been astounded by her ability to deliver messages from beyond the grave with incredible accuracy. Seeing is believing! Sally Morgan is investigational and the show is for the purpose of entertainment .

three phantoms thu 6 & fri 7 jun 7.30pm TICKETS £24 - £30 (Premium seats available) Sarah Jayne Dunn Jonathan Smith Charlie G Hawkins Arthur Bostrom

★★★★★

Starring Earl Carpenter, Matt Cammelle, Stephen John Davis and Rebecca Caine and inspired by the musicals they have all been involved with, this unmissable concert concludes by celebrating what has become the world’s most successful entertainment phenomenon, the story of The Phantom Of The Opera. Three Phantoms is in no way connected with and/or approved/ endorsed by Really Useful Group or Andrew Lloyd Webber.

whatsonstage

‘Fantastic theatre a superbly crafted production’ THE sTage

A mesmerising story of love, courage and sacrifice is now brought to the stage in this critically acclaimed version of Sebastian Faulks’s bestselling novel. An epic tale of love and war set both before and during the Great War. In pre-war France, a young Englishman Stephen Wraysford embarks on a passionate and dangerous affair with the beautiful Isabelle Azaire that turns their worlds upside down. As the war breaks out over the idyll of his former life, Stephen must lead his men through the carnage of the Battle of the Somme. Faced with the unprecedented horror of the War, Stephen clings to the memory of Isabelle as his world explodes around him. Performed by a dynamic ensemble company including award winning actress Sarah Jayne Dunn (Drop Dead Gorgeous, Hollyoaks), Charlie G Hawkins (EastEnders), Arthur Bostrom of Allo, Allo fame, Tim Treloar (National Theatre, RSC), Tim van Eyken (War Horse) and introducing newcomer Jonathan Smith as Stephen Wraysford. Find out more at www.birdsongthetour.com @birdsongthetour 22

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Supporting quality drama at Theatre Royal Brighton

mon 29 jul - sat 3 aug Eves 7.45pm Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm TICKETS £10 - £25 (Premium seats available)

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being tommy cooper mon 17 jun 7.30pm TICKETS £10 - £19.50 (Premium seats available) atg theatre card £2.50 off G Las Vegas, 1954. The then up and coming Tommy Cooper finds an offer on the table and a drink in his hand. The man who could make you laugh just by walking on stage comes vividly alive in this powerful, provocative and painfully funny new play. Being Tommy Cooper stars Damian Williams as Tommy Cooper.

jimmy tarbuck tue 18 jun 7.45pm TICKETS £20 Senior Special £18.50 Top television comedian Jimmy Tarbuck swaps The London Palladium for Theatre Royal Brighton this summer. He will be demonstrating his quickfire wit and entertaining the audience in a show which promises comedy for grown ups rather than adult comedy. During the evening, Tarby will be using photos and video footage to take audiences on a nostalgic trip down memory lane with a wealth of hugely funny stories.

shaolin warriors wed 19 jun 7.30pm TICKETS £20 - £25 atg theatre card £4 off family ticket (4, min 2 children) £75 This breathtaking theatrical Kung Fu show continues the story of the warrior, and vividly depicts the rarely seen Kung Fu masters’ feats of agility strength and skill, using Buddhist meditation and their rigorous martial arts training. The show is an extravaganza, with gorgeous scenery, atmospheric music, beautiful lights, and hundreds of costumes. book now www.atgtickets.com/brighton (bkg fee)

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one night shows halfway to paradise the billy fury story

that’ll be the day Brand New Summer Show

thu 20 jun 7.45pm TICKETS £21 atg theatre card £1 off

fri 16 aug 7.45pm TICKETS £16 - £24.50 atg theatre card £5 off G

Billy Fury was Britain’s own Elvis and girls loved him! 30 years after his untimely death, Billy’s own band, his Original Furys Tornados remember him by replaying live his timeless 29 hit records Wondrous Place, Last Night Was Made For Love, I Will, A Thousand Stars, Jealousy, Halfway To Paradise and many more.

The nation’s favourite rock ’n’ roll variety show is back by popular demand! Now in its 28th year of touring, this hugely entertaining spectacular features an all new line up of knock out hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Mixed with hilarious comedy routines and a feel good party atmosphere! It’s only rock ’n’ roll but we like it!

thank you for the music

ardal o’hanlon

fri 21 jun 7.45pm TICKETS £17.50 - £23

sun 15 sep 8pm TICKETS £19 - £21

Back with an all new, sequin spangled, authoritative spectacular featuring Dancing Queen, Stayin’ Alive, Super Trouper, Night Fever, How Deep is Your Love and Bee Gees penned Islands in the Stream, Chain Reaction and more. Its lycra tight harmonies and musicianship have entertained for longer than ABBA during the 70s and 80s! www.easytheatres.com

Father Ted star, Ardal O’Hanlon is delighted to present his latest stand up show for 2013. The style is observational, the subject matter is life itself, and the default expression is one of utter disbelief! Lurking beneath Ardal’s mild mannered demeanor resides a sharp and probing comic brain. Sometimes thoughtful, sometimes silly, but always punchy; he has tickled audiences all over the world.

rainy days and mondays

fascinatÏng aida

the carpenters’ greatest hits live!

sun 20 oct 7.30pm TICKETS £20.50

sat 22 jun 7.30pm TICKETS £20.50 atg theatre card £2 off Book and pay before 30 Mar 2013 and save £2 per ticket G Following standing ovations last year, Rainy Days and Mondays returns with classic Carpenters’ songs including Close To You, Top of the World and We’ve Only Just Begun. Featuring the stunning voice of Claire Furley, this promises to be an unforgettable evening of classic music.

★★★★ ‘Outrageous’ THE Guardian

mike oldfield’s tubular bells for two

ready steady cook live!

mon 8 jul 7.30pm TICKETS £21 atg theatre card £2 off g

mon 28 oct 7.30pm TICKETS £26

Tubular Bells for Two made headlines at Sydney Festival, the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and won a Herald Angel Award. Join us and witness Daniel Holdsworth and Aidan Roberts recreate the beauty and playful lunacy of one of the most important albums of the 20th century with just four hands and four feet.

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Following Cheap Flights , their massively successful sold out tour, Britain’s best comedy trio and global internet sensation Fascinating Aïda bring their brand new show to Theatre Royal Brighton. With songs old and new this new show will mark Fascinating Aïda’s 30th birthday.

Britain’s most successful TV cookery show, Ready Steady Cook is coming live to Theatre Royal Brighton. Featuring top TV chefs including Lesley Waters, a celebrity host and the iconic ‘Quickie Bag’. Ready Steady Cook Live! will see the green and red kitchens battling it out, live on stage. Will ‘green peppers’ or ‘red tomatoes’ triumph? Vote and decide at Ready Steady Cook Live! www.readysteadycooklive.com

the dreamboys Fit & famous Tour fri 12 jul 7.45pm TICKETS £23.50 atg theatre card £2.50 off G

ha ha holmes! STARRING JOE PASQUALE

If you’re looking for the very best girls night out in the UK, then look no further than these incredible stripping hunks. An action packed 2 hour show from start to finish, these boys will literally have you begging for more! After a massive sold out 2012 tour, The Dreamboys are back with a brand new show and tour for 2013.

There’s a beast on the moors, a crime to be solved, and with the Ha Ha team on the case what can go right?!!? You’d be absolutely barking to miss this pipe smoking new show as Holmes and Watson embark on their most dangerous adventure yet hunting down The Hound of the Baskervilles! The ultimate Sherlock Holmes spoof!

book now 0844 871 7650 (bkg fee)

thu 31 oct 7.45pm TICKETS £18 - £21 (Premium seats available) atg theatre card £2 off

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step back in time to uncover the truth

comes to the stage for the first time!

bill kenwright by special arrangement with agatha christie ltd presents

‘Agatha Christie remains the queen of crime and this production company has once again done her justice’ The Argus

‘For Christie fans this is a must!’

‘a magical show. Perfect’

Windsor Observer

First ever Gra nd in my Pocket pa stage show!

Now in its eighth year, the Agatha Christie Theatre Company presents a thrilling production of the Queen of crime’s classic Go Back For Murder. Carla Le Marchant learns a disturbing family secret; her mother, Caroline Crale, died in prison after being convicted for poisoning her father. Caroline leaves an intriguing legacy in the form of a letter professing her innocence and, believing this to be true, Carla is determined to clear her mother’s name. Enlisting the help of Justin Fogg - the son of her mother’s defence lawyer - Carla searches out all the players from her tragic history and brings them back to the scene of the crime to uncover the truth. Suspects, secrets, and red herrings abound in this thrilling new production of Go Back For Murder which follows the hugely successful: The Hollow, The Unexpected Guest, And Then There Were None, Spider’s Web, Witness For The Prosecution, Verdict and Murder on the Nile. A classic ‘whodunnit’ packed with intrigue, murder and suspense from the pen of the great Dame Agatha Christie. 26

Previous cast photos

nottingham post

mon 9 - sat 14 sep Eves 7.45pm Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm TICKETS £10 - £27 (Premium seats available)

signed performance Thu 12 Sep 7.45pm Atg theatre card £5 off Mon eve G £ E Details page 31

Sunnysands pirate Horatio Heave Ho takes Jason and Jemima on a pirate adventure in search of treasure. But when things go wrong, it’s time for Grandpa to put on his shrinking cap and save the day. It’s Teamwork! A brand new story told by a young ensemble cast who bring all your favourite Sunnysands characters and places to life before your eyes. Imaginative and highly theatrical, children will fall in love with Grandpa in my Pocket all over again.

wed 18 - sun 22 sep Wed 7pm Thu 11am & 5pm Fri 5pm Sat 1pm & 5pm Sun 11am & 3pm TICKETS Adults £9.50 - £16 Children £9.50 - £13 family ticket (4 tickets, max 2 children) Weekday £50 on Band A Weekend £55 on Band A

0844 871 7650 (bkg fee)

0844 871 7650 (bkg fee)

www.atgtickets.com/brighton

www.atgtickets.com/brighton By Mellie Buse and Jan Page. Based upon the television series Grandpa in my Pocket produced by Adastra Creative Limited. Photography by Robert Workman.

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‘A ROAD TRIP TO MUSICAL HEAVEN’ LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

SUNDAY EXPRESS

Direct from the West End and Broadway, the feel good international hit sensation Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical is coming to Brighton this Christmas! Winner of 4 WhatsOnStage.com awards, including Best New Musical, and based on the smash hit movie, Priscilla is the heartwarming, uplifting adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they had ever dreamed of. With a dazzling array of outrageous Olivier and Tony award winning costumes and a hit parade of dancefloor favourites including It’s Raining Men, I Will Survive, Hot Stuff, Go West, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, and I Love The Nightlife, this wildly fresh and funny musical is a journey to the heart of FABULOUS!

Tue 17 dec - sun 5 jan Mon - Thu & Sat eves 7.45pm Thu 2 Jan & Sat mats 2.30pm Fri 5pm & 8.15pm Sun 5pm No perfs 24, 25 & 30 Dec TICKETS £15 - £37.50 (Premium seats and packages available)

Atg theatre card Half price Tue 17 Dec (A & B) £6 off Mon - Fri (A & B) G Details page 31

Priscilla is

‘HUGELY ENTERTAINING, INSANELY GLITZY’ THE Daily Telegraph 28

Photographs of West End companies.

0844 871 7650 (bkg fee) www.atgtickets.com/brighton

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‘brilliant. it explodes like glittering fireworks’

the sunday times

Magnificent Opera returns to brighton

BILL KENWRIGHT BY ARRANGEMENT WITH THE REALLY USEFUL GROUP PRESENTS

booking information Theatre Royal Brighton New Road Brighton BN1 1SD

Special offer key

Box Office 0844 871 7650 brightonboxoffice@theambassadors.com

Groups of 10 or more enjoy £4 off Price Bands A & B for some Mon - Thu eve performances and Sat mats and pay as little as £16 for best available seats for midweek mats. Different rates apply to some shows. For details call the Groups Hotline.

Groups Hotline 0844 871 7617 groups@theambassadors.com Access Bookings 0844 871 7677 ATG Theatre Card Booking 0844 871 7633 Facsimile 01273 764412 www.atgtickets.com/brighton

box Office

Directed by Ellen Kent featuring the Celebrated Chisinau National Opera & National Philharmonic with International Guest Soloists

verdi nabucco Verdi’s haunting and melodic chorus of the Hebrew slaves follows the plight of the Hebrews as they are forced from their homeland into exile by the Babylonian King Nabucco.

LYRICS BY TIM RICE MUSIC BY ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling family musical continues to enjoy huge success across the country with standing ovations at every performance. Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Any Dream Will Do, Close Every Door To Me and One More Angel. tue 24 - sat 28 sep Tue - Thu eves 7.45pm Wed & Thu mats 2.30pm Fri 5pm & 8pm Sat 2pm, 5pm & 8pm

A spectacular traditional production with the celebrated Chisinau National Opera Chorus. A masterpiece of revenge destruction and jealousy featuring amazing lighting and special effects.

verdi aida The grandest of all Ellen Kent’s operas returns to the UK. A stunning, traditional production of this magnificent story of war, jealousy and revenge. The doomed love of the beautiful Ethiopian slave girl, Aida, and the Egyptian hero, Radames, set against stunning sets inspired by the Valley of the Kings. Spectacular ballet sequences. Unforgettable arias including the classic Triumphal March. Incredible pyrotechnics with a magnificent wall of fire! mon 25 - tue 26 Nov Nabucco Mon 25 Nov 7.45pm Aida Tue 26 Nov 7.45pm

TICKETS £19 - £29.50 (Premium seats available)

Atg theatre card Half price Tue eve £5 off all other perfs G £ E Details page 31 30

TICKETS £15 - £35 (Premium seats available)

Both Opera’s are sung in Italian with English surtitles

Atg theatre card £10 off Mon & Tue eves G £ Details page 31

BOOK YOUR PROGRAMMES AND ICE CREAMS IN ADVANCE WHEN BUYING YOUR TICKETS!

Telephone bookings Open Mon - Sat 9am - 10pm Sun 10am - 8pm Contact centre opening hours may vary on bank holidays. Calls to the Customer Contact Centre are charged at national rate (charges may vary according to service provider). Group bookings Open Mon - Thu 9am - 6.30pm Fri 9am - 6pm Sat 10am - 4pm In person at the Box Office in the Theatre foyer, open Mon - Sat 10am - 8pm. Closes 6pm when no performance that day. Open 2hrs prior to start of performance Sun.

Booking Bookings may be subject to a per-ticket fee, transaction and postage charge. For most shows ATG Theatre Card, Group bookings and sales in person at the Box Office are fee free. Please check with the Box Office when booking your tickets. Tickets are nonrefundable. Ticket exchanges can be offered for a per ticket exchange fee. Exchanges will only be accepted for the same production and for the same value or higher on payment of the difference. All exchange requests are subject to availability and must be received at least 48 hours prior to the original performance date. We are unable to accept ticket reservations over the phone or online. Accepted methods of payment include cash, all major credit cards including Amex (electron only in person), ATG Vouchers and Theatre Tokens. Due to the varying nature of the shows and sets we cannot guarantee an unrestricted view from all seats at all times

Concessions Under 16s, full time students, registered unemployed, over 60s or the retired get £2 off each seat for most Mon - Thu eves and mats. Discounts subject to availability, one discount per ticket excluding bkg fee. Special discounts including Patron, Associate and ATG Theatre Card offers may be capped and restricted to certain price bands. Ask the Box Office for details.

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E Schools, under 16 years School parties of 10 or more pay £8 each for most Mon - Wed eves and midweek mats (excluding price band A). Every 11th seat free for teachers. Different rates apply to some shows. Education workshops may be available. For details call Groups Hotline.

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Buy More, Pay Less Scheme Theatre-going has never been such good value, as Theatre Royal Brighton rewards you for coming more often with our fantastic Buy More, Pay Less Scheme*. Simply buy seats for 2 or more shows at the same time to save. Book for 2 shows and save £2 per ticket, book for 3 shows and save £3 per ticket or book for 4 shows and save £4 per ticket. *Available Mon - Thu & Sat mats, on shows of 1 week or more duration marked with the £ symbol. All tickets must be booked at the same time. Where the number of tickets varies, discount applies to the minimum number purchased. Cannot be used with any other offer. Subject to availability. Restrictions may apply.

General Standby A £12 standby ticket in the Gallery can be purchased for most shows 1 hour before the performance, subject to availability contact the Box Office.

Pleasant Parking The closest car park is the NCP Theatre Car Park in Church Street where visitors to the Theatre can enjoy a flat rate of £5 (after 5.30pm Mon - Sun) and £4.50 on Thu mats (after 12pm). For Thu mats only, take the ticket from the entrance barrier at the car park and bring this to the Theatre. Insert your parking ticket into the special validation machine and it will recode the discount for you. Price increases on parking fees are solely at the discretion of NCP.

Equal access Please advise us in advance of any special needs you or any of your guests may require when booking. The Box Office staff will be happy to help in any way they can and to offer advice - all wheelchairs spaces must be reserved at the time of booking. The Stalls, Stalls Bar and an adapted toilet are accessible to wheelchair users.

A Sennheiser Infra-red audio amplification system is available in selected seats for the hearing impaired. There are a limited number of headsets that can be hired from the Foyer Kiosk before the performance. Hearing dogs and guide dogs are welcome in the Theatre. Please inform the Box Office at the time of booking. There are free non-reserved parking spaces available very close to the Theatre on New Road for blue badge holders. For our deaf and hard of hearing patrons please use Type Talk, which is a free service provided by the RNID and BT. (You only pay for the call to the venue).

18001 0844 871 7677 (textphone user) 18002 0844 871 7677 (hearing person) An Access leaflet is available. Please call 01273 764400. For more information on Text Relay please visit www.textrelay.org The information in this brochure was correct at the time of going to press. Theatre Royal Brighton reserve the right to alter the advertised programme or facilities if necessary and apologises for any inconvenience this may cause. Children under 5 will not be admitted to Theatre Royal Brighton except for family and children’s shows. Children aged 1 year + must have a paid ticket. Data Protection Theatre Royal Brighton is managed by Theatre Royal Brighton Ltd, part of the Ambassador Theatre Group. We would like to add or retain your details on our lists to keep you informed about future events, special offers and other developments. We also look to secure information and special offers for our customers from other organisations. You will be asked whether you want to receive any of this information the next time you book. If you do not want to receive information from ourselves and/or third parties or have any queries contact Michelle Shipley in the Marketing Department on 01273 764410. Prices are correct at the time of going to press, however we reserve the right to change or vary at any time, all discounts are limited and subject to availability. ATG Theatre Card offers are subject to availability on selected seat prices and for a max. 4 tickets per Card. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

priscilla queen of the desert group discounts Groups 6+ £5 off price bands A- C Groups 20+ £6 off price bands A - C Groups 50+ £7 off price bands A- C U16s, UB40, over 60s & students £5 off bands A & B and £3 off band C, Mon - Fri perfs only student special Best available seats £21 from 12pm on the day of the performance. T&Cs apply. Only one discount applies per ticket. This brochure is printed on responsibly sourced FSC paper. Please continue to help the environment by recycling it.

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