What’s on in Brighton this week

By Jessica Keating

Looking for a way to fill your down-time this weekend? Look here… Brighton Lite’s guide to the best comedy and entertainment around.


As a British Comedy Award nominee, guest host of Never Mind The Buzzcocks and star of Stand Up For The Week, Jack Whitehall has already made a huge impact on the comedy world. Now his stand-up comedy tour is hitting Brighton. Revolving around Jack’s belief that people learning from their mistakes is just, well, “bollocks” this is definitely one for the cynics in need of a chuckle.

Where? Brighton Dome
When? Sat 22nd October


Britain’s leading female comedy brand, Funny Women, returns to everyone’s favourite seaside town with the festival edition of Funny Women: Brighton Nights. Hosted by the fabulously funny, Suzy B, and introducing the 2011 winners, the night also offers give-aways and a raffle in aid of the charity, Rise.

Where? Pavilion Theatre
When? Sat 22nd October


The stunning, award nominated Vikki Stone and her achingly cool band The Flash Backs bring their unique blend of comedy, love songs and bizarre odes (Jurassic Park anyone?) to entertain us Brightonians. Described as ‘lovely and a little bit filthy’ by Time Out we think she’ll fit in just fine.

Where? The Old Market, Hove
When: Fri 21st October


An afternoon of indulgence comes courtesy of the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra this Sunday. This concert pays homage to the early development of the symphonic and concerto forms, with performances of Vivaldi, Haydn and Mozart. Definitely one for fans of the classical.

Where? Brighton Dome
When? Sun 23 October


Dr Marigold and Mr Chops brings the virtuoso Simon Callow to Brighton for two one-man plays by Charles Dickens. In an absorbing theatrical event he tells the stories of Dr Marigold, a travelling salesman who adopts a little deaf and dumb girl and Mr Chops, a freak-show turn who wins the lottery and a place in society. They provide a masterly blend of the comic, bizarre and poignant that is classic Dickens.

Where? Theatre Royal Brighton
When? Mon 24 Oct 2011 – Sat 29 Oct 2011


Soothe away the troubles of the week and kick-back to some top-flight jazz music with celebrated bassist Herbie Flowers and friends at this jazz breakfasts. Relax with the Sunday papers, tasty food and a free coffee or tea on arrival – plus an ever-changing line-up of jazz masters from across the UK. Herbie’s jazz breakfasts have become something of an institution across Sussex so book early or settle for the blues.

Where? Brighton Dome
When? Sun 23 October


The Carnival – The Opera is a unique cocktail of circus, opera and physical theatre with a seductive score and an all-female cast. Escape into a carnival of danger and delight – where light is dark, where women grow tails, where opera meets circus…

When a single shock announcement ends her dreamy dollhouse life, materialistic Mischa is caught in a storm and swallowed by a nightmare. Transported to a otherworldly circus ruled by the enigmatic ringmaster named Night, Mischa enters a realm of flying foxes, fire-breathing violinists and dangerous quests. If you need a night away from everyday life, this is the one for you.

Where? The Old Market, Hove
When? Sun 23rd October


The Humble Quest For Universal Genius is like a ramped-up quiz show, with two comics pitted against each other to find a renaissance person for the 21st century. The night is hosted by and Brighton and Edinburgh Festival old hand Mark Allen. The two comics in the hot seat to find the elusive talent this month are Joey Page and the delightful Michael Fabbri, loved by the press and the festivals. Even better, they both know Brighton well, so be prepared for local angles.

Where? Komedia
When? Friday 21st October


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