It’s a new season of theatre at Eastbourne – the Devonshire Park and Winter Garden have plenty of entertainment on offer from the mirthful cringe inducing 70’s Dinner Party classic Abigail’s Party (20 – 25 Mar) which comes to Eastbourne ahead of a West End run to a stunning new adaptation of Ruth Rendell’s A Judgement in Stone (27 Feb – 4 Mar), with fun for little ones with Michael Rosen’s Going on a Bear Hunt (3 – 5 Apr) and everyone’s favourite yellow bear The Sooty Show (26 Mar).
Comedy fans will love the return of The Play That Goes Wrong (8 – 13 May). This hilarious comedy has won Olivier, Broadway UK and What’s On Stage Awards, gained legions of fans and had rave reviews - come and find out why the world loves the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society. Laughter is guaranteed.
National treasure Roy Hudd joins Nichola McAuliffe (Surgical Spirit) in the stage premiere of the BAFTA nominated TV classic Waiting for God (24 – 29 Apr). This new script, written by sitcom creator Michael Aitkens, features the favourite characters from the original series of the Bayview Retirement Home, battle-axe extraordinaire Diana Trent conspires with new resident Tom Ballard to give the conniving manager his comeuppance with some hilarious and heart-warming results.
The hugely acclaimed Noel and Gertie comes to the Devonshire Park (29 Mar – 1 Apr) which tells the complex and tempestuous relationship between Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence, this friendship beginning when they were both child actors and lasting 50 years was documented by their many letters to each other which formed the basis for this acclaimed play by Sheridan Morley. Featuring songs and scenes from Coward’s Private Lives and Blithe Spirit this immaculately executed production is full of flair and wit.
It’s an exciting time for The Winter Garden which has a huge variety of entertainment on offer from live music to comedy and not forgetting Tea Dance (4 Apr) of course! A new seating plan enables a wide selection of shows from some of the UK’s best tribute bands including; Queen tribute Mercury (23 Feb), Some Guys Have All the Luck – The Rod Stewart Story (1 Apr), Bowie Experience (13 May), You Win Again - The Story of the Bee Gee’s (18 Apr) and Whitney: Queen of the Night (15 Apr) to name but a handful.
It’s not just tribute acts at the venue; get the tartan scarves out for Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers (26 Mar), Strictly’s Lance Ellington sings Ellington (19 May), there’s the unmissable Beyond the Barricade (24 Mar) featuring past principal performers from Les Miserables or come and Have the Time of Your Life with An Evening of Dirty Dancing (4 Mar).