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Saturday 22 January 2022

Spring Into An Exciting New Season Of Comedy Dance & Music @ Brighton Dome

New shows, comedy legends and dance superstars all take the stage at Brighton Dome this spring. 

Brighton's own dreamthinkspeak and learning-disabled theatre company Access All Areas offer an immersive virtual reality experience, unReal City, from 21st January. 

This unique work-in-progress performance combines Virtual Reality technology with live actors to explore what personal connection means in a world that is increasingly digital.

Laugh the winter blues away with a fantastic array of comedy talent, including the return of the city's biggest stand-up night, Live at Brighton Dome on 26th March, hosted by award-winning comedian and broadcaster John Robins

He'll be joined by Live at the Apollo and Mock The Week star Sindhu Vee, Funny Women award-winner Sophie Duker and Simon Amstell of Never Mind the Buzzcocks fame.

Former Brighton Festival Guest Director Kae Tempest returns on 28th April to celebrate the launch of their new album The Line is a Curve. 

With four studio albums, a novel, their first work of non-fiction, three plays and five collections of poetry to their name, Tempest is one of the most prolific, thought-provoking and critically acclaimed voices of their generation.  


A great night out is guaranteed on 24th February as Jonathan van Ness, star of Netflix's Queer Eye, tumbles into your heart with a night of gymnastics and hilarious tales of their life as an Imaginary Living Room Olympian.

Comedy legend and star of TV sitcoms Bad Move, Lead Balloon and Josh, Jack Dee is back with his latest stand-up tour on 4th March.

And don't miss Emmy award-winning comedian Hannah Gadsby, bringing her new show, Body of Work, to the UK for the first time on 9th and 10th March.


Dance fans can relive the glamour of classic Hollywood as Strictly Come Dancing's Anton du Beke lights up the dancefloor with partner Erin Boag in Showtime on 15th February. 

The ever-dazzling International Queen of Burlesque, Dita Von Teese, returns in March with her daring all-new revue show, Dita Von Teese: Glamonatrix.


Leading producer, songwriter, DJ, and multi-instrumentalist Nitin Sawhney brings his latest album, Immigrants, to Brighton, while favourites Soul II Soul, The Divine Comedy and Everything Everything will be back to rock the Dome this spring.

Classical music lovers can enjoy Coffee Concerts, hosted at the Attenborough Centre for Culture and Creative Arts. Highlights include new Director of Brighton Philharmonic, Joanna McGregor, and the Mithras Trio. 


Embark on a night of adventure with a brand-new collection from the ever-popular Banff Mountain Film Festival on 29th March.  

The short film showcase features the world's best adventure film-makers and explorers as they push themselves to the limits in the most remote and stunning corners of the globe. 

Talks and debate

TV adventurer and host of Deadly 60, Steve Backshall brings the icons of the deep blue sea to life with Ocean on 26th April. Stunts, experiments and cutting-edge science combine in a love letter to our seas.  

Spend an evening with Test Match Special and cricket legends Phil Tufnell and Jonathan Agnew, as they take you inside the famous TMS commentary box and share memories from their international playing careers on 19th April.

Don't miss a fascinating historical talk on 25th March about the Three Kings of Bechuanaland (now Botswana), led by historians Suchi Chatterjee and Dr Bert Williams MBE from Brighton & Hove Black History

The Kings came to the UK in 1895 to urge the British Government to prevent the British South Africa Company from gaining ownership of their country - and succeeded.

Community events

Brighton Dome joins together with local community groups to celebrate International Women's Day on Saturday 5th March, with full programme details to be announced in collaboration with Brighton Museum. 

And Access Open Day on Saturday 26th March offers a place for disabled visitors and organisations to come together to enjoy performances, talks, workshops and backstage tours.

Budding young comedians can join our weekend workshops with Comedy Club 4 Kids.  

Professionals teach young people how to write and perform comedy, finding the funny in their own experiences and turning it into stand-up and sketches to boost confidence and life-skills.
Tickets for all events are available from or Ticket Office 01273 709709.

by: Mike Cobley


PRS for Music, the organisation that represents over 160,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers across the UK, has today launched its Back to Live Music Venue Prize in the South and East of England. 

Hastings Fat Tuesday have teamed up with The Marina Fountain and The Prince Albert to bring Primal Scream to the White Rock Theatre for a special warm up show ahead of their Screamadelica live dates.
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Selina Helliwell's newest play The Formidable Lizzie Boone will be hitting the Rotunda Theatre: Squeak at the Brighton Fringe this May! 

A Sussex village with many historic connections will be under the spotlight once more when A was an Artist presents an intimate portrait of influential artist and Rottingdean resident, Sir William Nicholson (1872 - 1949) marking the 150th anniversary of his birth.
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This month's Brighton Festival hosts circus performances which push the boundaries of the art form to include new audiences and inspire future generations to take up circus skills.

Tens of thousands of fans will unite in Brighton to watch the World Cup 2022 on huge anti-glare screens with a world-class sound system, food, drinks and a proper big game atmosphere. 

After collaborating with Noel Gallagher on the single Where's My Family Gone, Brighton-bound Andrew Cushin picked up the support of another iconic rock 'n' roller when Pete Doherty signed him to his Strap Originals label.

Head First Acrobats return to the Brighton Fringe Festival with two spectacular shows, Railed for adults, and PreHysterical for children.

Building on the sample-based approach of their classic albums Since I Left You and Wildflower, but stepping boldly into new terrain, We Will Always Love You is the latest offering from Brighton-bound The Avalanches.
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Barrie Kosky's highly anticipated new production of Poulenc's powerful opera Dialogues des Carmélites will premiere next summer at the 2023 Glyndebourne Festival. It was originally scheduled to appear at the event in 2020 before the season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Actor Michelle Collins chats ahead of her starring role in the comedy thriller Cluedo, the new play, directed by Mark Bell (The Play That Goes Wrong), which visits Theatre Royal Brighton from Monday 13th to Saturday 18th June.
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Syrian architects Marwa Al-Sabouni and Ghassan Jansiz will bring a unique architectural element to this year's Brighton Festival by building a temporary community arts venue on Hove seafront in the form of a traditional Arabic arcade.

Brighton-bound Canadian songwriter and musician Leith Ross shared their new single We'll Never Have Sex, alongside a self-directed and produced video, after finding viral fame. 
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Mercury Prize 2020 winning Kiwanuka looks inward and out, across widescreen sonic landscapes constructed in recording studios in London, Los Angeles and New York, and provides a showcase for the honey-poured mahogany of Michael Kiwanuka's voice.

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