One of the oldest working theatres in the country, the Theatre Royal in Brighton is in a beautifully historic Grade ll listed building in Brighton’s cultural quarter. Opening its doors in 1807, the Theatre Royal has over 200 years of performances to its name, making it one of the most prestigious venues outside of London. The theatre’s 200th birthday was celebrated with a year of festivities and special events including a visit from Queen Elizabeth II, who even named a box after herself. Located in one of the city’s most characteristic areas, the Theatre Royal is the perfect place to visit on a day out to the coast. There are numerous prestigious restaurants and cafes within walking distance, so theatregoers can enjoy a drink or a bite to eat before or after a performance.
After the Ambassador Theatre Group - the second biggest theatre operator in the UK - took over, many refurbishments and investments were made. The theatre now has an impressive national reputation and stars including Judi Dench, Marlene Dietrich and Lord Olivier have all graced the stage here. The Theatre Royal showcases productions that are made locally in Brighton, as well as welcoming touring companies including The Royal Shakespeare Theatre Company and Rambert Dance Company. The Theatre Royal is also well known for holding a record number of productions en-route for the West End.
The programme of events features a variety of classic musicals, and dramas and comedies, bringing family entertainment to the region’s leading venue. Upcoming performances include the award-winning Madame Butterfly, and The Fairy Queen, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Comedy fans can catch Lee Nelson Live or Have I Got News For You’s Chris Addison. Over the festive season, the Theatre Royal holds a spectacular Christmas Show that’s lively and fun for all the family to enjoy. Presenting West End musicals and plays, opera, ballet and even a Christmas pantomime, the Theatre Royal is a great addition to the South Coast’s range of entertainment offerings.