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Devonshire Park Theatre


Compton Street, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4BW
01323 412000
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Willy Russell's Educating Rita
FROM:17-02-2020
TO:22-02-2020
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When married hairdresser Rita enrols on a university course to expand her horizons, little does she realise where the journey will take her.

Her tutor Frank is a frustrated poet, brilliant academic and dedicated drunk who’s less than enthusiastic about taking Rita on but when these two people come together they soon realise how much they have to teach each other.

This hilarious and heart-warming comedy won the Olivier Award when it was produced in London’s West End by the RSC and was adapted into the multi award-winning film which starred Julie Walters and Michael Caine.

Written by one of our greatest ever playwrights Willy Russell and starring one of our best loved actors Stephen Tompkinson as Frank and introducing Jessica Johnson as Rita. This production directed by Max Roberts of Live Theatre has garnered rave reviews.

www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk/events/educating-rita

Absurd Person Singular By Alan Ayckbourn
FROM:25-02-2020
TO:29-02-2020
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Three married couples. Three kitchens. Three Christmas parties.

Sidney Hopcroft, a small-time tradesman, persuades wife Jane to throw a party hoping to find favour with a bank manager and local architect. As celebrations begin, class differences and naked ambition combine to hilarious effect as, one by one, the characters seek refuge in Jane’s kitchen.

Over the next two years, the Jacksons and Brewster-Wrights take turns to host festivities. But Sidney’s star has begun to rise and roles are increasingly reversed as the cracks in the other couples’ marriages begin to show.

Alan Ayckbourn’s comic masterpiece of social climbing in 1970s suburbia fuses a potent mix of farce and black comedy.

www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk/events/absurd-person-singular

Beacons
FROM:02-03-2020
TO:04-03-2020
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“See those three at the edge, those three in a line? That’s me, and you and Julie. We’re a constellation.”

Julie sells ice cream on the cliffs at Beachy Head and searches for love online. Her friend Bernard walks the clifftops and can’t seem to settle.When sixteen-year old Skye arrives for the summer, the lives of all three become unexpectedly entangled and they are confronted with the ghosts of the past.

Tabitha Mortiboy’s magical play tells of love, loss and midnight ice cream sundaes under the starlit skies of the South Downs.

www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk/events/beacons

Jane Eyre
FROM:05-03-2020
TO:07-03-2020
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By Charlotte Bronte

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will”

A gothic masterpiece of tempestuous passions and dark secrets, Jane Eyre tells the thrilling story of an orphan girl and her journey from a childhood of loneliness and cruelty to a life at Thornfield Hall and an unlikely relationship with the mysterious Mr Rochester. Falling in love, she gradually uncovers a hidden past to the gloomy, forbidding Thornfield Hall, a terrible secret that forces her to make a heart-wrenching choice.

Don’t miss Blackeyed Theatre’s brand new stage adaptation of one of the greatest works of English fiction. Captivating, brooding and intensely powerful, Jane Eyre is a moving and unforgettable portrayal of one woman’s quest for equality and freedom, and lives as one of the great triumphs of storytelling.

www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk/events/jane-eyre

The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson
FROM:09-03-2020
TO:14-03-2020
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It was the dinner that changed history: the night in February 2016 when Boris Johnson decided to vote ‘leave’ and a nation’s future was sealed. Guests included the spirits of Prime Ministers past including Margaret Thatcher, Winston Churchill and Tony Blair as well as fellow MP Michael Gove, the journalist Sarah Vine, Marina Wheeler and Evgeny Lebedev.

Fast forward to post-Brexit Britain, 2029. For reasons that may be fact and/or fiction at the time of the performance, Boris, no longer in power, roams the political wilderness. Unexpected events see him back in the spotlight and with a chance to “make Britain great again”. As befits the fastest moving story of our time, the script will be updated - nightly if necessary - to reflect events....
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www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk/events/last-temptation-boris-johnson

The Habit Of Art
FROM:18-03-2020
TO:21-03-2020
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By Alan Bennett

The critically acclaimed and celebrated production of the masterly Bennett comedy is coming to Eastbourne's Devonshire Park Theatre following a hugely successful UK tour.n The Habit of Art, Bennett gives us a play about a meeting between two of the 20th centuries most remarkable artists, the poet WH Auden and the composer Benjamin Britten.

Exploring friendship, rivalry and heartache this multi layered masterpiece examines the joy, pain and emotional cost of creativity.

This beautifully nuanced production is directed by Philip Franks and stars the Olivier Award winning Matthew Kelly (Of Mice and Men, Toast and Pride and Prejudice, David Yelland (Chariots of Fire and The Crown) and Veronica Roberts (Peak Practice and Tenko).

www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk/events/habit-art

Agatha Christie's A Murder Is Announced
FROM:23-03-2020
TO:28-03-2020
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The residents of Chipping Cleghorn are astonished to read an advert in the local newspaper that a murder will take place this coming Friday at Little Paddocks, the home of Letitia Blacklock.

Unable to resist, the group gather at the house at the appointed time, when the lights go out and a gun is fired. Enter Miss Marple, who must unravel a complex series of relationships and events to solve the mystery of the killer...

Now in it's fifth year of touring, this lavish production has delighted packed audiences across the UK and Ireland and is brought to you by the company and director who produced the critically acclaimed courtroom thriller The Verdict.

Starring Sarah Thomas (Last Of The Summer Wine), Barbara Wilshere (The Lakes/The Paradise Club), Tom Butcher (The Bill/Doctors), Karen Drury (Brookside), Lucy Evans (Coronation Street), Tom Gibbons (The Archers) plus a full supporting cast.

www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk/events/murder-announced-0

Lady Chatterley's Lover
FROM:31-03-2020
TO:04-04-2020
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By D.H. Lawrence

"In every living thing is the desire for love.”

When Clifford Chatterley returns from the war a wounded hero, his young bride Connie does her best to care for him. Neglected and alone, she instigates a love affair with the gamekeeper, Mellors, a relationship that bridges the social divide and challenges convention. In touch, they find simplest of truths. In lust, they risk the greatest of scandals.

Lawrence’s most sensual of novels was first published in 1928, but only in 1960 did an uncensored version become available, leading to one of the most famous trials of the century. Tender, thoughtful and impassioned, Lady Chatterley’s Lover is the book that changed Britain.

www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk/events/lady-chatterleys-lover

The Croft
FROM:07-04-2020
TO:11-04-2020
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In the remote Scottish Highlands two women arrive at a former Crofters Hut in the deserted village of Coillie Ghille. When suddenly the weekend getaway takes an unexpected turn. Cut off from the modern world, Laura and Suzanne find themselves drawn into the dark history of the Croft and the lives that passed before them.

In this bold and haunting play the present interweaves with the past as ancient tales surface and the terrifying truth lurking In the Croft is revealed.

Directed by award-winning director Philip Franks (The Habit of Art) and produced by The Original Theatre Company (The Habit of Art, The Night Watch, Birdsong), The Croft will be setting your pulse racing this Spring.Starring national treasure Gwen Taylor (Barbara, A Bit of A Do, Coronation Street, Heartbeat) and Caroline Harker (Middlemarch, A Touch of Frost).

www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk/events/croft

By The Waters of Liverpool
FROM:17-04-2020
TO:18-04-2020
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Featuring a star-studded cast from stage and screen: Mark Moraghan, Sian Reeves, Parry Glasspool, Lucy Dixon & Eric Potts join Lynn Francis, Danny O'Brien, Roy Carruthers and Chloe McDonald.

Adapted from the million-selling book, By The Waters Of Liverpool is a period drama set in the 1930s.

The story opens in 1935. Helen Forrester is sixteen years old and fighting a bitter battle with her parents for the right to educate herself and go out to work. During the Great Depression, Helen’s father lost his fortune when the stock market crashed and the family were suddenly thrown into poverty. Leaving behind the nannies, servants and comfortable middle-class life in the South West of England, the Forrester’s chose Liverpool as the place to start over. They were in for a terrible shock.

www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk/events/waters-liverpool

Bang Bang!
FROM:20-04-2020
TO:25-04-2020
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With Tessa Peake-Jones, Tony Gardner and Wendi Peters. John Cleese makes his stage writing debut with a hilarious new adaptation of this classic comedy – a delicious blend of French Farce and Fawlty Towers.

When Leontine, a respectable society lady, discovers that she’s been hoodwinked by her husband, Duchotel, who’s always pretending to go hunting but really chasing after other ‘prey’, she vows to take revenge on the philanderer! But while Duchotel’s away, his lifelong friend comes calling – and he’s on the hunt too.

Will Leontine get caught in his sights, or instead set a trap of her own? Secrets unravel as the devilish Duchotel finds himself snared in a door-slamming, trouser-dropping, balcony-climbing night of chaos set amidst the stylish apartments of Paris.

www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk/events/bang-bang

The Kite Runner
FROM:28-04-2020
TO:02-05-2020
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From London’s West End, The Kite Runner is an outstanding and unforgettable theatrical tour de force and its coming to the Devonshire Park Theatre.

Based on Khaled Hosseini’s international bestselling novel, this haunting tale of friendship spans cultures and continents and follows one man’s journey to confront his past and find redemption.

Afghanistan is a country on the verge of war and best friends are about to be torn apart. It’s a beautiful afternoon in Kabul, the skies are full of colour and the streets are full of the excitement of a kite flying tournament, but no one can foresee the terrible incident that will shatter their lives forever.

www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk/events/kite-runner-0

Malory Towers - A New Musical
FROM:19-05-2020
TO:23-05-2020
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Nostalgic, naughty and perfect for now, Malory Towers is a musical of high jinks, high drama and high spirits.

Darrell Rivers is starting school with an eager mind and fierce hearts. Unfortunately, she also has a quick temper! Can she learn to tolerate the infuriating Gwendoline Lacey, or value the kind hearted Sally Hope? Can she save the school play and rescue terrified Mary Lou from the grip of a raging storm? If she can do these things anywhere, she will do them at Malory Towers!

Adapted and Directed by Emma Rice (Wise Children, Kneehigh’s Tristan & Yseult and Brief Encounter), this is a show for children and all of us grown up children who still dream of midnight feasts, pillow fights and headmistresses like Miss Grayling.

www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk/events/malory-towers

Peppa Pig's Best Day Ever
FROM:03-10-2020
TO:04-10-2020
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Peppa Pig is excited to be going on a day out with George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig – it’s going to be her best day ever!

Get ready for a road-trip full of adventures. From castles to caves, dragons to dinosaurs and ice-creams to muddy puddles – there is something for all of the family and their friends to enjoy, including Miss Rabbit, Mr Bull, Suzy Sheep, Gerald Giraffe and more!

Prepare for the brand new Peppa Pig live show packed full of songs, games and laughter, it really is the best day ever for Peppa Pig fans!

www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk/events/peppa-pigs-best-day-ever

Sleeping Beauty
FROM:11-12-2020
TO:17-01-2021
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Eastbourne Theatre's 20th pantomime production! Expect plenty of songs, comedy and family fun at this traditional pantomime spectacular.

Sleeping Beauty tells the story of the beautiful princess who is cursed by the evil Carabosse to sleep for 100 years and can only be awoken by true love’s kiss.

www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk/events/sleeping-beauty-0

The Devonshire Park Theatre is a Grade II listed building designed by Henry Currey, built in 1884 and further improved by celebrated theatre architect Frank Matcham in 1903. It is one of the best examples of small Victorian Theatre in the country with ornate interior featuring decorative plaster work with scrolls and caryatids by Schmidt of Holloway.

Transport

The venues are a 10-15 minute walk from Eastbourne train station.

Parking

The closest car park is on College Road with 200 parking spaces, this is pay and display during the day and free after 6.30pm. There is also on-street parking which is free after 6pm. A limited number of disabled parking spaces are situated directly in front of the Devonshire Park Theatre.

Bar

Bar is open before performances

Access Info

For detailed access information please visit the theatre's access page: www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk/your-visit/access

Tokenline: 020 3011 0755

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