One of England’s oldest and most extraordinary working theatres, the Theatre Royal, Brighton has continued to deliver the finest productions since opening in 1807. It’s broad programme extends from West End musicals and pantomimes to operas, comedy shows, live music and ballet performances.
In its two centuries of activity, many famous actors have made appearances at the Theatre Royal. Rowan Atkinson, Rupert Everett, Dawn French and Ian McKellan are just a few of the recent recognisable names to have starred on its stage, while past heroes include the likes of Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud and Charles Heston.
The heritage of the theatre qualified it to be a grade II listed building. In principle, it is a Regency theatre - constructed on the Prince Regent’s land, who gave it his royal assent. Over the years, the Theatre Royal, Brighton has been renovated several times. It retains the chandelier and height for three balconies incorporated by celebrated architect Phipps in 1866, and the Royal Circle Bar introduced in the integration of the main theatre with former home of the previous manager, Henry Nye Charts.
Through much investment, refurbishment and care, the theatre has survived the reign of nine monarchs and still continues to captivate audiences to this day. In 2016, the theatre also won the Muddy Stilettos Award for Best Theatre.