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Tuesday 31 December 2019

Brighton Dome A New Decade: Spring Season 2020 Announced For Iconic City Venue

Brighton Dome has announced another packed season of music, dance, comedy, film, talks and much more.
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Highlights include international dance star Carlos Acosta and his critically acclaimed Cuban company Acosta Danza with new show Evolution.  

Hot 8 Brass Band who recorded the video for their renowned Sexual Healing cover in Brighton's Laines, return to the city to celebrate their 25th anniversary. 

And some of the biggest names in comedy bring their own brand of unique humour from TV to stage, including Stewart Lee, Jimmy Carr and Ed Byrne. 

Contemporary Music:

Hear stars from across genres this season, from contemporary electronic musician Jon Hopkins and Caribou to the melodic Lighthouse Family and traditional Irish musicians Clannad performing their farewell tour. 

Artists from Scotland and Ireland come together with guests from the US for the 17th live edition of the Transatlantic Sessions and pop-rock legends Boomtown Rats, make a welcome come-back with original lead singer Bob Geldolf. 

Celebrate the Rock Against Racism movement in an evening of reggae, ska and punk with a line-up of iconic acts of the '70s and '80s. 

Fans of Pink Floyd and psych-rock will enjoy drummer Nick Mason's new band, Saucerful of Secrets featuring Spandau Ballet guitarist Gary Kemp.

Tindersticks play their first concert of their UK tour in February, performing new album No Treasure But Hope, recorded over just six days in Paris. 

Grammy nominated Beth Hart also joins the musical line-up, alongside fellow singer-songwriters, indie-rock lyricist Jake Bugg and Frank Tuner, who tours his new album sharing stories of overlooked women in history

From James Brown & Pee Wee's Cold Sweat and Stevie Wonder's Sir Duke to Kool & the Gang's Jungle Boogie, Funk: A Music Revolution celebrates funk's influence. 

Classical Music:
Experience London Philharmonic Orchestra over two concerts, first with Sibelius's Second Symphony and the bittersweet Dvořák's Cello Concerto and Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony.

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra showcase their brass talents in Feb followed by their spectacular final concert of the series in March. 

Acclaimed pianists Worbey & Farrell return to Brighton Dome with their own astonishing arrangements of the world's greatest music. 

Monthly Coffee Concerts of world class chamber music continue, this spring Heath Quartet, Castalian Quartet and Aronowitz Ensemble play at the Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts.


Some of the UK's top comedians come together for Live at Brighton Dome. 

Taskmaster champion and Off Menu podcast host, Ed Gamble is joined by 'the future of British comedy' Jayde Adams and BAFTA-nominated 'professional idiot' Spencer Jones and headliner to be announced in January. 

Comedy trailblazers Stewart Lee, Jimmy Carr, Ed Byrne and Rhod Gilbert are joined by the viral sensation Fascinating Aïda with hilarious songs and unstoppable glamour. 

Romesh Ranganathan returns following a sold-out autumn run; 'pure delight' Ross Noble performs Humournoid and Henning Wehn takes his German Comedy Ambassador To The UK title seriously with a new nation-wide tour. 


The largest celebration of schools' dance in the country, Let's Dance brings together young performers from 78 schools, groups, universities and colleges from scross the county to perform together. 

Strictly's Kevin Clifton is back with Burn the Floor and is joined by his sister Joanne for an electrifying evening featuring live music.


Families with young children will enjoy the smash-hit stage adaption of Zog, where the dragon bumps, burns and roars through school and faces his biggest challenge yet. 

Everyone's favourite pig comes to life in a musical journey with a live orchestra. Peppa Pig – My First Concert is a fun, interactive introduction to the magic of music for ages 18 months and over.  


A brand-new selection of gripping action and adventure films will be shown in two Banff Mountain Film Festival events in February and April. 

The tour features two collections from the world's best adventure filmmakers, with super-human challenges, soulful journeys and spectacular cinematography from the wildest corners of the planet.

Spoken word & Performance:

This season"s Trope, a showcase for spoken word and music artists, returns to Phoenix on 8 Mar in celebration of International Women's Day. 

Award-winning poet and playwright Joelle Taylor is joined by Brighton's own hip-hop star Phonetic and poet-in-resident Katrina Quinn. 

The night features open mic slots for those looking to share their own work and is hosted once again by Rosy Carrick.

Winner of RuPauls' Drag Race season 9, Sasha Velour, brings "an entirely new level of performance art" to the Brighton Dome stage and Dita Von Teese presents a dazzling night of burlesque in new show Glamonatrix. 

Talks & Tours:

Discover more about Brighton Dome's performance history through the stories of music-hall legends, comediennes, drag artists, soap actresses and the women who gave birth to rock n roll in a talk about Women in Entertainment

Follow in their footsteps, go backstage and hear about some of the more surprising roles the iconic venue has played in a Backstage Tour. 

Get an in-depth look at The History of Brighton Festival the biggest and most established annual multi-arts festival in England, before it returns with a bang on 2nd May.
Free Events:

Disabled Access Day offers connections and discussions for the city's disabled community.  

Brighton Dome staff will offer advice about accessible performances and the new Access Scheme.

Celebrate International Women's Day with performances, workshops, talks, arts and crafts and much more in collaboration with Brighton Women's Centre and Brighton Museum.

For full listings visit - Ticket Office - 01273 709709

by: Mike Cobley


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Fresh from a totally sold-out, critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe, Suzi Ruffell heads for Komedia Brighton with another show that proves she's a stand-up rapidly becoming a household name. With Dance Like Everyone's Watching, this self-titled 'natural worrier' is delighted to shout her newfound happiness from the rooftops.

A re-imagining of Hans Christian Andersen's much-loved fable, The Snow Queen, combining poetry, original music and visuals is coming to Brighton and Lewes.

For the last two years The Lovely Eggs have sat back and watched England and the rest of the planet slowly eat itself.
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Were you mesmerised by Pink Floyd's first performance of Dark Side of the Moon? Did you sneak into David Bowie's infamous 1973 Ziggy Stardust gig as a teenager? Have you got a special memory of taking part in Brighton Festival children's parade? Or did you ever perform on the Brighton Dome stage?

There's a quiet softness to the Brighton-raised Celeste that makes you feel instantly relaxed by her presence. Her demeanour is unexpected following the recent announcement that she was the winner of the 2020 BRITs Rising Star award, as well as securing first place in the prestigious BBC Sound of 2020 poll.

Following their critically acclaimed adaptation of Malorie Blackman's novel Noughts and Crosses , Pilot Theatre will, at Theatre Royal Brighton, stage Emteaz Hussain's new adaptation of Alex Wheatle's award winning young adult novel – Crongton Knights.

Ruby Tiger Productions – a new theatre company established by award-winning local director  Claire Lewis – makes its debut at the Rialto Theatre, Brighton, this March with a revival of Amelia Bullmore's play Di and Viv and Rose. 

In a packed and highly competitive field, Laura Lexx is rising quickly as one of the country's brightest stand-up stars. She's appeared on the likes of Live At The Apollo on the BBC, The Jason Manford Show on Absolute Radio, and Roast Battle on Comedy Central, while also regularly hosting The Comedy Club on BBC Radio 4 Extra. 

Ahead of Stephen Daldry's seminal production of JB Priestley's classic thriller An Inspector Calls, which heads to Theatre Royal Brighton, next month, The Brighton Magazine features an enlightening chat with Christine Kavanagh, who plays 'Mrs Birling'.

Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman's supernatural spectacular, Ghost Stories, comes to Theatre Royal Brighton, next month, and below the duo tell Matthew Amer about their shared love of horror, giving audiences a trick and a treat, and keeping the secrets of the spooky stage hit. 
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Romesh Ranganathan is Straight Outta Crawley, in West Sussex, and on his last nationwide tour, Irrational, he was pondering whether he has an irrational viewpoint on the world or whether that can be attributed to absolutely everyone else.

Supported by Jools Holland, and run by charity Music for All, the 2020 Learn to Play Day will take place on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th March, and will see music shops, teachers, venues and schools throughout the county partner with leading musical instrument brands to offer thousands of free music lessons.

To mark twenty years of The Sopranos, three of the biggest characters from the seminal hit show will visit the Brighton Centre, for an up close and personal 'In Conversation' style show.
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One of the highlights of Brighton Festival 2020 is set to be Double Murder, a two-part contemporary dance for our times, led by the multi-talented choreographer Hofesh Shechter OBE and performed by ten of his inimitable dancers, accompanied by the sounds of a Shechter-composed score. 

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