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Thursday 11 July 2024

Collyfest: Theatre Royal Brighton's Month Long Programme Of Free Events Ends This Sunday

Theatre Royal Brighton's CollyFest, a month long programme of free events running in the theatre foyer and Colonnade Bar on New Road until 14th July.
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Whilst the main stage and auditorium of the Grade II* listed venue is closed for maintenance works they have made a temporary performance space in the foyer. 

The full event schedule is listed on the pub's new website: as well as both the pub and theatre social channels (@theatreroyalbtn and @colonnadebarbtn).

On CollyFest, Jackie Alexander, Senior Creative Learning Manager at Theatre Royal Brighton said: 

"I love Theatre Royal Brighton and am passionate about opening its doors to everyone in our community. 

"To celebrate our restoration project we're running a series of free activities including birthday tours and happenings with local artists and musicians as part of CollyFest, alongside our regular programme of workshops, courses and events. 

"I can't wait to meet more members of our local community and show off all our beautiful venue has to offer."

Last month, a multi-million-pound project to restore the colonnade and balcony of the Grade II* listed Theatre Royal Brighton reached completion.

Speaking on the recent renovations, Sophie Denney, Theatre Director of Theatre Royal Brighton said: 

"We are incredibly proud of the long and rich history of our beautiful venue and are delighted to reach this huge milestone in our restoration project. 

"This investment not only improves the experience of everyone visiting our venue in the present, but also protects the theatre for future generations to enjoy."

by: Mike Cobley


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