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Immortal Technique, Concorde 2, Madeira Drive, Brighton, Tuesday, July 22

11:07am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

It’s shaping up to be a decent few months for followers of conscious and alternative hip-hop, with Atmosphere, Dead Prez and De La Soul all bound for the Concorde 2’s stage.

April In Paris, Theatre Royal Brighton, until Saturday, July 26

The Argus:

8:44am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Al and Bet’s mundane existence takes a turn when she wins a competition in her puzzle magazine – and a prize trip to Paris.

As You Like It, Highdown Gardens, Worthing, until Sunday, July 27

The Argus:

8:42am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Rainbow Shakespeare’s As You Like It is probably the best of their many fine productions – one not to be missed.

The Widow, Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, until Saturday, July 26

8:40am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

The Widow, the latest production by Talking Scarlet, is a chilling thriller involving a mother’s determination to preserve her dying son at any cost.

Lewes Speakers Festival: Alison Weir, All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes, Sunday, July 20

11:36am Monday 21st July 2014

Despite the humid evening, an excited crowd of history buffs packed the converted church hosting Lewes Speakers Festival to hear Tudor historian and novelist Alison Weir introducing her new novel.

Black Star Riders, Concorde 2, Madeira Drive, Brighton, Sunday, July 20

11:20am Monday 21st July 2014

Evolving out of Thin Lizzy’s most recent incarnation, Scott Gorham’s Black Star Riders hit Brighton for an evening of twin-guitar majesty.

Andrew WK, The Haunt, Pool Valley, Brighton, Sunday, July 20

11:18am Monday 21st July 2014

“Time to party,” a capacity crowd chanted, awaiting the unstoppable Andrew W.K. Indeed, the long-haired phenomenon confirmed no-one in rock could start a party quite like him.

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra Summer Season, Unitarian Church, Brighton, Sunday, July 20

11:17am Monday 21st July 2014

Hove-born composer Peter Copley seemed delighted with the superb performance of his String Quartet Number 2 by players from the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra.

Lewes Speakers Festival: David Torrance, All Saints Centre, Lewes, Sunday, July 20

11:15am Monday 21st July 2014

It would take a "seismic" event in England to swing the Scottish vote in September to yes to independence of the UK.

Separate Tables, Marlborough Theatre, Princes Street, Brighton, until Tuesday, July 22

11:13am Monday 21st July 2014

All human beings are extraordinary, declares Miss Cooper, the bedrock of the Beauregard Hotel in Bournemouth and the plot mainspring for both one act plays in Rattigan’s  Separate Tables.

The Jungle Book, Herstmonceux Castle, near Hailsham, Sunday, July 20

11:10am Monday 21st July 2014

The atmosphere was quite literally electric as the thunderous rumble of a mid-summer storm blackened the sky over the spectacular inner courtyard of Herstmonceux Castle.

Des O'Connor, Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, Sunday, July 20

11:07am Monday 21st July 2014

Des O’Connor, a mere ‘youngster’ at the age of 82 compared to fellow showbiz legends Bruce Forsyth and Ken Dodd, both 86, wandered on stage unannounced and lit up the Congress with his charisma.

Jake And Elwood – The Best Blues Brothers Show In The World Ever, Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, Saturday, July 19

11:05am Monday 21st July 2014

Fans of the cult 1980 film were in for a treat on Saturday as this Blues Brothers tribute came to town.

Decade, New Venture Theatre, Bedford Place, Brighton, until Saturday, July 26

11:02am Monday 21st July 2014

Decade is a patchwork quilt of 14 playlets, commissioned for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 bombing, reflecting its events and legacy.

REVIEW: Shakedown, Waterhall, Brighton, Saturday, July 19

The Argus:

10:59am Monday 21st July 2014

Now in its fourth year – with a new home at Waterhall and a mid-summer date – Brighton dance festival Shakedown seems to be finally finding its feet.

REVIEW: Amadeus, Chichester Festival Theatre, until Saturday, August 2

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10:58am Monday 21st July 2014

Rupert Everett is the big name to fill the new seats as Chichester Festival Theatre celebrates its £22 million refurbishment. He takes the lead in a 50th anniversary production of Peter Shaffer's twisted, captivating drama, Amadeus.

REVIEW: Elvis Costello, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, Thursday, July 17

The Argus:

9:59am Friday 18th July 2014

Just over a month away from his 60th birthday, Elvis Costello shows no signs of losing his touch.

Tonight At 8.30: Dinner, Theatre Royal Brighton, Wednesday, July 16

9:40am Friday 18th July 2014

The first in this contrasting trio of Noel Coward playlets was the only one to benefit fully from the ‘Coward voice’ – the other two being, surprisingly, focused on contrasting layers of 1930s society.

Tonight At 8.30: Cocktails, Theatre Royal Brighton, Thursday, July 17

9:33am Friday 18th July 2014

Love across the class divides form the basis of this collection of Noel Coward one-act plays.

The Merry Wives Of Windsor, Lewes Priory, Tuesday, July 15

10:29am Wednesday 16th July 2014

Falstaffian wit is not the half of it.

Rainbow Shakespeare: Julius Caesar, Highdown Gardens, Worthing, until July 20, 01903 206206

10:20am Wednesday 16th July 2014

Caesar’s transition from benevolent democratic ruler to tyrant proves that power does corrupt.

Method Man And Redman, Brighton Dome Concert Hall, Sunday, July 13

10:38am Monday 14th July 2014

Coaxing hundreds of people away from the World Cup final seemed ambitious, but the promoters of this event had no need to worry.

Caitlin Moran, Theatre Royal Brighton, Sunday, July 13

10:36am Monday 14th July 2014

By an unfortunate quirk of fate, Caitlin Moran’s gig was on World Cup final night meaning her audience was, one suspected, even more female than usual.

Misty In Roots, Concorde 2, Madeira Drive, Brighton, Friday, July 11

10:22am Monday 14th July 2014

The longstanding British roots reggae band may have strolled onto the stage at the Concorde in an understated way, but their music continues to stir the soul just as much as it did when they first caught the ear of John Peel way back when.

Lewes Live, Malling Down, Lewes, Friday, July 11, and Saturday, July 12

10:21am Monday 14th July 2014

The Lewes Live festival initially had the atmosphere of a giant family barbecue; local bands, local people and lots of lovely local brews. That continued to be the case throughout the weekend until late evening on Saturday night, when the headliner and highlight of the festival, Hayseed Dixie played.

Sussex Symphony Orchestra: Quiet Please!, Royal Pavilion, Brighton, Saturday, July 12

10:15am Monday 14th July 2014

The enthusiastic cry of “Whooa!” went up after the first movement of Mozart’s captivating Jupiter Symphony.

Catalyst Club 10th Anniversary, Latest Music Bar, Manchester Street, Brighton, Thursday, July 10

11:45am Friday 11th July 2014

Inside the venue an elderly gentleman with a box strapped to his face was swaying wildly while a cluster of people stood around laughing.

Martin Rowson: Hung, Drawn And Quartered, Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham, Thursday, July 10

10:12am Friday 11th July 2014

Martin Rowson believes the satirist's pen can bring down governments - and in a fascinating couple of hours proved how.

Miss Julie/Black Comedy, Minerva Theatre, Chichester, until Saturday, August 9

10:10am Friday 11th July 2014

Peter Schaffer wrote the farce Black Comedy for the 1965 Chichester Festival as the light-hearted half of a double bill, the first part being Strindberg's intense drama Miss Julie.

Love Supreme Jazz Festival, Glynde Place, Sunday, July 6

1:16pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

Imelda May and her energetic band barely paused to spin the upright bass between songs, powering through Mayhem and Johnny Got A Boom Boom while beating the bodhrán drum. Swing dancers with immaculate victory rolls shimmied and spun at the back of the crowd, while a row of pyjama-wearing teens solemnly did the mashed potato.

Another Country, Theatre Royal Brighton, New Road, until Saturday, July 12, 08448 717650

1:15pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

Rob Callender only graduated last year, yet his portrayal here of flighty Bennett potentially propels him to the stardom of his equally unknown predecessor in the original production, Rupert Everett.

The Dandy Warhols, Concorde 2, Madeira Drive, Brighton, Monday, July 7

1:13pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

"We build, build and build, then ease off and build again."

Immortal Chi, Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, Saturday, July 5

11:38am Monday 7th July 2014

‘Fusion’ finds definition in this splendid show. The Chinese troupe has worked with Cirque du Soleil to create A Warrior’s Quest For Harmony, a spectacle worthy of their creative association, and the huge applause awarded by the audience.

Short Play Night Chapter Two, Dukebox at The Iron Duke, Waterloo Street, Hove, Friday, July 4

11:20am Monday 7th July 2014

Quirky themes and a tongue-in-cheek attitude linked these seven playlets performed in this bijou and friendly space.

Streetfunk Presents Straight Up, Brighton Dome Concert Hall, Saturday, July 5

11:13am Monday 7th July 2014

The energy was infectious at The Dome as Streetfunk presented their sixth annual youth hip-hop showcase.

Love Supreme Jazz Festival, Glynde Place, Saturday, July 5

11:06am Monday 7th July 2014

Love Supreme’s easy-going atmosphere was a treat for all ages, with flower-crowned teenagers mingling with merrily cartwheeling children and older folk in sensible hats and rain jackets.

Macbeth, Royal Spa Gardens, Queen's Park, Brighton, Sunday, July 6

10:33am Monday 7th July 2014

The pleasant surroundings of Queen’s Park could have been slightly at odds with the brooding, murderous tragedy of The Scottish Play (it is still considered ‘unlucky’ to say the name M*cbeth, 408 years after it was written) but the shivers sent down the spine were not due to the evening breeze.

Paul Carrack, All Saints Church, Hove, Friday, July 4

10:29am Monday 7th July 2014

Has the glorious All Saints Church at Hove ever heard anything like it before?

Let's Hang On, Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, Friday, July 4

10:26am Monday 7th July 2014

With Jersey Boy storming the West End and a film adaptation now in cinemas, cynics may assume Let’s Hang On to be yet another cash-in.

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra Summer Season, Unitarian Church, Brighton, Sunday, July 6

10:22am Monday 7th July 2014

The Brighton Philharmonic are putting on four concerts at Brighton's Unitarian Church this summer.

The Trials Of Oscar Wilde, Connaught Theatre, Worthing, Friday, July 4

10:17am Monday 7th July 2014

A couple of weeks ago the Connaught played host to Ross Muir’s one-man performance of The Importance of Being Oscar. The omission of the details of the two trials that Wilde faced, was covered by a programme note explaining they had taken place during the interval. The arrival of the European Arts Company has now made good that omission.

Gallows, Green Door Store, Brighton, July 3

9:53am Friday 4th July 2014

As the burly Canadian frontman Wade McNeil and his leather biker gloves triumphantly strutted on stage, and the gut-wrenching buzz of the amp started up, the entire crowd were ready for a punk show; and they were not disappointed. 

Emiliana Torrini, St George's Church, Brighton, June 27

9:51am Friday 4th July 2014

Exuding her quirky Icelandic charm, it didn’t take long for Emiliana Torrini to lighten the atmosphere in a somewhat sticky and close church venue in Kemp Town.

Into The Woods, Emporium, London Road, Brighton, until July 27

9:50am Friday 4th July 2014

Chocolate Box Theatre bring their 2014 production of Sondheim’s delightful fairy story musical to a venue that offers a slightly bigger acting space. It is still a feat of ingenuity on behalf of the director and choreographer to manoeuvre the large cast in a restricted area.

The Play That Goes Wrong, Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, until Saturday, July 5

9:41am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

The Play That Goes Wrong is the funniest show to come to Eastbourne in many years with its superb mix of farce, slapstick and fantastic split-second comic timing.

The Naked And Famous, Concorde 2, Brighton, Monday, June 30

9:46am Tuesday 1st July 2014

The UK has seen a rapid resurgence in synthpop recently, and the group from Auckland proved why with an infectiously energetic set of dreamy melodies and big guitar solos.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Concorde 2, Brighton, Saturday, June 28

9:31am Tuesday 1st July 2014

The on-stage fights and crowd lectures seem to be a thing of the past, as a subdued Brian Jonestown Massacre breezed through a ninety-minute set, showcasing an ambient side of the band’s huge back catalogue.

Bam Maguera's F***face Unstoppable, The Haunt, Brighton, Monday, June 30

9:07am Tuesday 1st July 2014

When a naked Brendan Novak kicked off the show with a rendition of Phil Collins’ In The Air Tonight you knew this would be a non-conformist performance.

Under Milk Wood, Theatre Royal Brighton, until Saturday, July 5

9:02am Tuesday 1st July 2014

Dylan Thomas’s “play for voices”, although written for radio, has occasionally found its way to the stage. This latest production from Clwyd Theatr Cymru is one that does full justice to its material and is a truly fitting tribute to the Welsh poet in the centenary year of his birth – pure theatrical magic.

John Grant, Brighton Dome Concert Hall, Friday, June 27

12:14pm Monday 30th June 2014

With his second album Pale Green Ghosts John Grant confounded the expectations of an audience anticipating a second dose of confessional Americana.


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