New theatre coming to brighton

By JP

BRIGHTON will welcome a new theatre to its repertoire of cultural offerings in 2012 after Brighton and Hove City Council approved a licensing application for the theatrical venue.

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‘Theatre in the Lanes’ is to open in the basement of 25 North Street, adjacent to Meeting House Lane and directly opposite the end of New Road, close to fellow venues, Theatre Royal, Pavilion Theatre and Komedia.

Theatre in the Lanes is the brainchild of Mark Brailsford, best known for Brighton’s unique Treason Show which was performed at the Komedia until 2009 when a dispute led to a parting of the ways.

Theatre in the Lanes is likely to compete for audiences with Komedia as its premises are ideal for cabaret-style performances and the license allows it to put on plays, films, live and recorded music and dance.

The venue already has a restaurant licence although it will not be allowed to operate as a wine bar, pub or nightclub since it is within Brighton’s cumulative impact zone, an area already saturated with such premises.

The premises will operate daily and are licensed from 10am to mid-night from Sunday to Wednesday and 10am to 1am from Thursday to Saturday.

Mark Brailsford, founder, director and performer plans to employ 15 people and hopes to have the theatre open by summer. He anticipates it will contribute half a million pounds to Brighton’s economy.

Brighton and Hove City Council’s Licensing Panel, made up of councillors Dee Simson, Lynda Hyde and Pete West, say the theatre will be an exciting new venue for the city and a space to showcase new writing.

Watch this space for more details on opening dates and performances as they are released……

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