Mary Stuart @ BOAT
Jul
17
to 20 Jul

Mary Stuart @ BOAT

“Do not forget that nothing stands forever…”  Mary Stuart is imprisoned in England.  Elizabeth I hesitates over the signing of the death warrant that will end her life.  A disastrous meeting is arranged between the two women leading to the last days of Mary Stuart and, finally, her elevation as a martyr.

The meeting never happened but, as Goethe said, “It will be good to see those two whores alongside each other”.  Schiller's Mary redeems her youthful crimes through an ordeal that lifts her into realms of spiritual serenity, while Elizabeth descends deeper into rage, revenge and deception. 

Oswald’s striking new adaptation, written in a mix of prose and poetry, brings to life this imagined meeting and explores the characters of two of history’s most iconic figures.

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BLT 19/20 Season
Jul
18
to 31 Oct

BLT 19/20 Season

BLT 19/20 Season and 80th Anniversary

We’re very excited to announce our 19/20 season plans! In addition, 2020 sees us celebrate 80 years since our first production back in 1940 - we’ve been producing plays ever since!

Tickets and further information will be available in the coming weeks - it looks set to be a great season!

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The Mill on the Floss
Aug
13
to 17 Aug

The Mill on the Floss

George Eliot's classic story of loss, tragedy and the relentless nature of fate. Outgrowing, but still hopelessly devoted to her family, our protagonist Maggie, befriends the disfigured Phillip Wakem, son of a local lawyer. But their fathers become embroiled in a bitter legal dispute that only the prosperous Wakem can win, and the Tullivers find fate dealing them the first harsh hand of many. With their father dead, the family must face up to their cold future together.

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The Mill on the Floss @ BOAT
Aug
21
to 24 Aug

The Mill on the Floss @ BOAT

George Eliot's classic story of loss, tragedy and the relentless nature of fate. Outgrowing, but still hopelessly devoted to her family, our protagonist Maggie, befriends the disfigured Phillip Wakem, son of a local lawyer. But their fathers become embroiled in a bitter legal dispute that only the prosperous Wakem can win, and the Tullivers find fate dealing them the first harsh hand of many. With their father dead, the family must face up to their cold future together.

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Comment is Free & The River
Oct
8
to 12 Oct

Comment is Free & The River

Comment is Free

A journalist forms the centre of a devastating media storm in this urgent, gripping and innovative play. A fiercely current, socially relevant and dramatic depiction of free speech and mob mentality. A skillfully crafted cacophony of voices, the script uses social media as a powerful and contemporary means of comment. 

The River

A story of a man, obsessed by trout fishing, who takes his girlfriend to his cabin for a holiday to declare his love for her, but it soon becomes apparent she isn’t the first woman he has done this with. A curious play questioning true love, loneliness and isolation.

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Mary Stuart
Jul
2
to 6 Jul

Mary Stuart

“Do not forget that nothing stands forever…”  Mary Stuart is imprisoned in England.  Elizabeth I hesitates over the signing of the death warrant that will end her life.  A disastrous meeting is arranged between the two women leading to the last days of Mary Stuart and, finally, her elevation as a martyr.

The meeting never happened but, as Goethe said, “It will be good to see those two whores alongside each other”.  Schiller's Mary redeems her youthful crimes through an ordeal that lifts her into realms of spiritual serenity, while Elizabeth descends deeper into rage, revenge and deception. 

Oswald’s striking new adaptation, written in a mix of prose and poetry, brings to life this imagined meeting and explores the characters of two of history’s most iconic figures.

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The Pride
May
27
to 1 Jun

The Pride

The powerful debut play from Alexi Kaye Campbell, winner of an Olivier Award, the Critics' Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright, and the John Whiting Award for Best New Play.

Alternating between 1959 and 2019, The Pride examines changing attitudes to sexuality, looking at intimacy, identity and the courage it takes to be who you really are. The 1959 Philip is in love with Oliver, but married to Sylvia. The 2019 Oliver is addicted to sex with strangers. Sylvia loves them both. 

Contains some sexual scenes and a small amount of nudity.

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Return to the Forbidden Planet
May
11
to 18 May

Return to the Forbidden Planet

Join Captain Tempest and his fearless crew on their journey into hyperspace… and beyond! This musical bursts with red hot rock and roll hits, including Great Balls of Fire, Good Vibrations, Teenager in Love, The Young Ones and The Monster Mash.

So fasten your seat belts, set your ray guns to stun and get ready for a cosmic adventure of meteoric proportions! Bob Carlton’s smash hit West End musical takes the 1956 film, with plot taken from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, raids the Bard’s other plays at will (and not always absolutely verbatim) and sets it to a score of great pop hits from the 1960s and 70s including Young Girl, Good Vibrations, Gloria and many more.

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Youth@TheLittle
Apr
4
to 6 Apr

Youth@TheLittle

You Can’t Take it With You
At first the Sycamore family seem quite mad, but it is not long before we realise that if they are mad, the rest of the world is even madder. In contrast to the Sycamores are the stuffy and snobbish Kirbys. The play tells how Tony, the attractive young son of the hugely wealthy Kirbys, falls in love with Alice Sycamore. The Kirbys have been invited to dinner to meet the Alice’s family, and much to her dismay they duly arrive… on the wrong night. 

The Magical Voyage of Ullysses
T
roy has fallen ... The captains and the kings depart, some like Nestor to a happy homecoming, others like Agamemnon to a bloody one. Ulysses is condemned to ten years exile for offending the gods during the siege. The story of his wanderings is well known from Homer's Odyssey, here providing a marvellous stimulant to the youthful imagination. 

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Absurd Person Singular
Mar
15
to 23 Mar

Absurd Person Singular

Meet three couples in their three kitchens on the Christmas Eves of three successive years. The "lower class" but very much up and coming Hopcrofts are in their bright new, gadget filled kitchen anxiously giving a little party for their bank manager and his wife and an architect neighbor. Next there are the architect and his wife in their neglected, untidy flat. Then the bank manager and his wife are in their large, slightly modernized, old Victorian style kitchen. Running like a dark thread through the wild comedy of behind the scenes disasters at Christmas parties is the story of the advance of the Hopcrofts to material prosperity and independence and the decline of the others.

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Hello/Goodbye
Feb
19
to 23 Feb

Hello/Goodbye

Who the hell says 'ergo'? Whilst breaking into someone's flat? 
What kind of person does that?

Alex, an introverted amateur collector who “likes things ordered and alphabetised and preferably laminated”, and Juliet, an impetuous whirlwind of a woman with a questionable history of past relationships, move into a flat they each think they’re renting alone... This chic, fast moving, extremely funny play is a modern metropolitan guide to falling in (and out) of love.

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Don't Dress for Dinner
Jan
25
to 2 Feb

Don't Dress for Dinner

It’s a few years since the events of Boeing Boeing and lothario Bernard has married his Italian Air Stewardess girlfriend, Gabriella, and finally settled down… or has he? A telephone call from an agency to advise that the 'girl' will be arriving shortly raises Gabriella's suspicions, so of course she cancels her plans to go and visit her mother for the weekend. 

Cue an evening of mistaken identities as Bernard's old good friend, Robert, turns up and mixes up Bernard's mistress and the hired agency cook!

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Grimm Tales
Dec
7
to 15 Dec

Grimm Tales

Funny, magical, cruel and wondrous, the folk classics Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Snow White, Rumpelstiltskin and others from the Brothers Grimm are presented here in acclaimed poet Carol Ann Duffy's enchantingly fresh adaptation. 

A beguiling and vigorous stage dramatization which takes a journey into the bright, warped world of a child's Imagination. A feast of storytelling magic suitable for children and adults alike. 

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Unfenced
Nov
24
7:45 pm19:45

Unfenced

A sophisticated piano, three blended voices, an old-fashioned string bass and a zippy drummer play songs from the Great American Song Book and beyond. Join Elizabeth Woodhouse , Sally Wilson and Samantha Brennan with Jane Peckham and Barney Guy for an evening of popular song. Enjoy!

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Edith in the Dark (Abridged Version) @ The Regency Town House
Nov
16
to 17 Nov

Edith in the Dark (Abridged Version) @ The Regency Town House

A promenade performance of the abridged version of Edith in the Dark by Philip Meeks at The Regency House

Children’s author E Nesbit, bored of her husband’s Christmas party, retreats to her basement with her faithful housekeeper and a handsome party guest. As the night draws on Edith reads some of her work, not from her cherished children’s stories but her early terrifying horror tales. As the stories unfold it becomes clear that the darkness is not only in the writing.

A haunting glimpse into the disturbing dark and supernatural imaginings of a beloved children’s writer.

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Billy Bishop Goes to War
Nov
9
to 10 Nov

Billy Bishop Goes to War

Presented on the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Weekend.

Canada 1914. Billy Bishop signs up to fight in Europe and is soon in a military training camp. But one day, he spots a single-seater plane circling overhead. Overcoming intense prejudice and astonishing danger, Billy becomes the most successful fighter pilot of his generation. This play with songs explores the complexities of heroism, the cost of war, and Britain’s colonial past. Billy Bishop Goes To War is a true story. A deceptively simple and totally gripping theatrical experience. A co-production with Gonna Fly.

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Edith in the Dark
Oct
30
to 3 Nov

Edith in the Dark

Children’s author E Nesbit, bored of her husband’s Christmas party, retreats to her attic writing room with her faithful housekeeper and a handsome party guest. As the night draws on Edith reads some of her work, not from her cherished children’s stories but her early terrifying horror tales. As the stories unfold it becomes clear that the darkness is not only in the writing.

A haunting glimpse into the disturbing dark and supernatural imaginings of a beloved children’s writer.

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New@TheLittle2
Sep
27
to 29 Sep

New@TheLittle2

Fury
Sam, a young single mum, is struggling to cope with her two sons and makes a myriad of mistakes. Tom, the student who lives upstairs, forces her to come to ‘an agreement’ so he won’t call social services...

Stay Happy Keep Smiling
What has been seen cannot be unseen. Six eyewitnesses to a gruesome murder in broad daylight. Their lives are changed irrevocably, but how?

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The Graduate
Sep
15
to 22 Sep

The Graduate

Benjamin Braddock, recent college graduate and prodigal son, returns home with excellent grades. He has very proud parents and, since he helped Mrs Robinson, the wife of his father’s business partner, with her zipper, he has a fine future behind him...

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Animal Farm @ BLT
Aug
14
to 18 Aug

Animal Farm @ BLT

Manor Farm lies in the heart of the English Countryside. After a boar named Old Major tells the animals of his vision for a Utopian farm, they revolt against their owner Mr Jones, take control of the farm and create a new society in which “All Animals Are Equal”. The Pigs are first to take charge, but as each of them vie for power, the society becomes corrupted and the animals are led into a dark and brutal existence, in which “Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others”…

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Animal Farm @ BOAT
Aug
8
to 11 Aug

Animal Farm @ BOAT

Manor Farm lies in the heart of the English Countryside. After a boar named Old Major tells the animals of his vision for a Utopian farm, they revolt against their owner Mr Jones, take control of the farm and create a new society in which “All Animals Are Equal”. The Pigs are first to take charge, but as each of them vie for power, the society becomes corrupted and the animals are led into a dark and brutal existence, in which “Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others”…

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Sense & Sensibility @ BOAT
Jul
18
to 21 Jul

Sense & Sensibility @ BOAT

The penniless Dashwood girls are forced to leave the comforts of a grand home and relocate to a chilly cottage in Devonshire. Eminently sensible Elinor pines silently for the quiet and kind-hearted Edward Ferrars, impulsive and romantic Marianne loses herself in the idea of a hero on horseback, while Margaret just wants to be free to follow her own path and become a naturalist.

This new Jessica Swales adaptation of the dearly loved Austen classic brings the challenges and delights of the Dashwoods to life.

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Sense & Sensibility @ BLT
Jul
3
to 7 Jul

Sense & Sensibility @ BLT

The penniless Dashwood girls are forced to leave the comforts of a grand home and relocate to a chilly cottage in Devonshire. Eminently sensible Elinor pines silently for the quiet and kind-hearted Edward Ferrars, impulsive and romantic Marianne loses herself in the idea of a hero on horseback, while Margaret just wants to be free to follow her own path and become a naturalist.

This new Jessica Swales adaptation of the dearly loved Austen classic brings the challenges and delights of the Dashwoods to life.

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Broken Silence
Jun
22
to 23 Jun

Broken Silence

Gandhi said, “Speak only if it improves upon the silence.” Let us break the silence for you with an evening of staged monologues taken from far and wide, including theatre, music, and poetry. An evening collaboratively crafted, bringing together the likes of Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, Berkoff, Alan Bennett, Ibsen, Nick Dear, Ayckbourn, Neil LaBute, Philip Larkin, and maybe even some Monty Python, not to mention some original work. There’s something here for everyone to improve upon the silence.

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When the Wind Blows
May
22
to 26 May

When the Wind Blows

Raymond Briggs darkly disturbing comedy follows Hilda and Jim Bloggs as they try to construct a nuclear fall-out shelter armed only with a government pamphlet, a screwdriver, emergency rations and a protractor from their son's old school geometry kit. But will their makeshift shelter save them from the Powers-That-Be? 

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King Charles III
May
5
to 12 May

King Charles III

Queen Elizabeth II is dead.  After a lifetime of waiting, her son ascends to the throne.  A future of power.  But how to rule?

Mike Bartlett’s controversial and critically acclaimed King Charles III, explores the people beneath the crown, the unwritten rules of our democracy and the conscience of Britain’s most famous family.

This intriguing and inspired political drama, offers a timely examination of contemporary Britain, with a true Shakespearean form. 

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Youth Group
Mar
29
to 31 Mar

Youth Group

Coram Boy
A heartbreaking tale of orphans, angels, murder and music - dramatised from the Whitbread Award winning novel.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Shakespeare's most popular comedy, set in an enchanted forest with fairies, sparring lovers and a group of amateur actors who are putting on a play...

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Present Laughter
Mar
11
to 17 Mar

Present Laughter

At the centre of his own universe sits matinee idol Garry Essendine: suave, hedonistic and too old, says his wife, to be having numerous affairs. His line in harmless, infatuated debutantes is largely tolerated but playing closer to home is not...

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Beyond Therapy
Jan
30
to 3 Feb

Beyond Therapy

Bruce and Prudence are deeply into therapy. Prudence's macho therapist is urging her to be more assertive while Bruce's wacky female therapist wants him to meet women by placing a personal ad. She does not fully comprehend that Bruce has a male lover Bob, who is not pleased by Bruce's desire to date a woman: Prudence. 

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The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Dec
8
to 16 Dec

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Edmund and Lucy, now accompanied by their annoying cousin Eustace, are swept to a new magical adventure aboard a dragon ship, The Dawn Treader. Join with them on their journey to magical islands where they meet dragons, invisible one legged creatures, slave traders and mists that can drive a man mad.

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New@TheLittle1
Oct
19
to 21 Oct

New@TheLittle1

The Ruffian on the Stair
In a grotty little bedsit we watch as the lives of three of society's outcasts collide with passion and danger, leaving the course of the future forever altered, for some more than others. 

Man in a Room
A middle-aged man is caught red-handed in a secret British germ warfare facility. He is brought in for questioning by Her Majesty’s government’s most professional interrogator, Agent Stevens. How, and why, did he break into the high security facility?

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Joanna Forest - Stars are Rising
Sep
23
7:45 pm19:45

Joanna Forest - Stars are Rising

We are so excited to welcome Official Number One Best-selling Soprano, Joanna Forest, to The Brighton Little Theatre. Joanna, who has performed to millions on the BBC, ITV, Sky and Classic FM at events such as The Royal Variety Performance, is taking her album on a tour of Little Theatre Guild theatres this Autumn.

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Earthquakes in London
Aug
22
to 2 Sep

Earthquakes in London

It’s Cabaret, we’ve got our heads down and we’re dancing and drinking as fast as we can. The enemy is on its way, but this time it doesn’t have guns and gas it has storms and earthquakes, fire and brimstone....

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