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Perfect Pussy, Green Door Store, Trafalgar Street Arches, Brighton, Tuesday, July 29

The Argus:

10:03am Wednesday 30th July 2014

Tuesday’s gig under Brighton station was a transcontinental affair – one that saw four new and exciting bands step out and make a long lasting mark on those gathered.

Scooby Doo - The Mystery Of The Pyramid, Theatre Royal Brighton, until Saturday, August 2

The Argus:

9:57am Wednesday 30th July 2014

Scooby Doo – The Mystery of the Pyramid is an action-packed and superbly entertaining live rendition of its cartoon counterpart.

Double Death, Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, until Saturday, August 23

The Argus:

9:55am Wednesday 30th July 2014

Judy Buxton and Brian Capron give acting master classes in Simon Williams’ thriller Double Death presented by Talking Scarlet.

La Traviata, Glyndebourne, until Saturday, August 23

The Argus:

12:36pm Monday 28th July 2014

Glyndebourne’s first production of La Traviata for more than 25 years sees Russian soprano Venera Gimadieva, as consumptive tragic heroine Violetta, laid out on her bed at the beginning and end of every scene.

Liane Carroll, The Brunswick, Holland Road, Hove, Sunday, July 27

10:32am Monday 28th July 2014

“You’ve got candles, we’ve gone posh,” said Liane Carroll as she launched into renditions of Nina Simone’s Wild Is The Wind and Sinner Man which the legendary jazz singer would surely have been proud of.

Rory McGrath and Philip Pope: Bridge Over Troubled Lager, The Old Market, Hove, Friday, July 25

9:53am Monday 28th July 2014

The banter began to flow as soon as Rory and Philip came on – eager and happy to be in the steaming space vacated a few minutes before by relaxed, intelligent comedy sketch duo Twins.

Martin Simpson and Dom Flemons, Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham, Friday, July 25

9:51am Monday 28th July 2014

Martin Simpson's career has for a long time linked Celtic folk with American music.

Rattonians: West End To Broadway, Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, until Saturday, August 2

9:48am Monday 28th July 2014

Dazzling songs, sizzling dance numbers and glittering costumes earned Rattonians a standing ovation as they marked their 30th anniversary by returning to the Congress Theatre for their 25th summer season.

Bunny Wailer, Concorde 2, Madeira Drive, Brighton, Thursday, July 24

9:50am Friday 25th July 2014

Neville O'Riley Livingston, founding member of The Wailers and the trio's only survivor, served up an authentic Kingston Jamaica experience both musically and physically.

Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, Thursday, July 24

9:48am Friday 25th July 2014

Bryony Kimmings charts her relationship with her niece Taylor in Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model as she examines the world of 'tween' culture, disrupting the usual offerings of Katy Perry and Jessie J by creating a new role model - Catherine Bennett.

Gentle Men: Roy Bailey and Robb Johnson, Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham, Thursday, July 24

9:18am Friday 25th July 2014

The silence throughout the first half of Roy Bailey and Robb Johnson's recreation of First World War concept album Gentle Men was a testament both to the pair's performance and the power of the songs.

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

The Argus:

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.


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