The Turn of the Screw, Glyndebourne, Firle, near Lewes, until Friday, October 24, call 01273 815000

11:05am Monday 20th October 2014

Since Jonathan Kent’s 2006 production we have all had reason to talk aloud about the haunting power of abusers.

Brighton Comedy Festival: Marcus Brigstocke – Je M’Accuse – I Am Marcus, Brighton Dome Corn Exchange, Church Street, Sunday, October 19

11:04am Monday 20th October 2014

Safe territory, Marcus Brigstocke insisted in the opening exchanges of this show, was assured.

Eagulls, Green Door Store, Trafalgar Street Arches, Brighton, Friday, October 17

11:03am Monday 20th October 2014

“UK Tours are easy,” frontman George Mitchell emotionlessly slurred, as he made his way to the stage to continue Eagulls’ hectic tour on Friday night.

Brighton Comedy Festival: Simon Amstell – To Be Free, Brighton Dome Concert Hall, Church Street, Friday, October 17

11:02am Monday 20th October 2014

The last ten years have seen Simon Amstell rise from being a churlishly direct presenter on the now defunct Popworld to one of the country’s most beloved comedians, and the Brighton Dome was packed for his performance.

Brighton Comedy Fringe: Rosie Wilby – Nineties Woman, Otherplace at Bar Broadway, Steine Street, Brighton, Sunday, October 19

11:00am Monday 20th October 2014

Avoiding the rest of the family at Christmas led Rosie Wilby to her Dad’s attic in Ormskirk, and a gift of a trove of dusty artefacts he’d never thrown away.

The Beat, Concorde 2, Madeira Drive, Brighton, Saturday, October 18

10:59am Monday 20th October 2014

Nearly 40 years after The Beat first came honking out of Birmingham, the 2-Tone institution’s line-up can count an impressive list of musicians among its former personnel.

Kishi Bashi, Beaty Heart and Tall Tall Trees, The Hope, Queen’s Road, Brighton, Saturday, October 18

10:57am Monday 20th October 2014

When Of Montreal violinist Kaoru Ishibashi supported his now former band in town in 2012, he treated a presumably largely unsuspecting crowd to a dazzlingly upbeat set that threatened to outshine the headliners.

Brighton Comedy Festival: James Acaster – Recognise, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, New Road, Saturday, October 18

10:56am Monday 20th October 2014

With James Acaster's stand-up you know you are never going to be subjected to an hour of bog standard, Dave-friendly observational humour.

Brighton Comedy Festival: Best Of The Fest, Brighton Dome Concert Hall, Church Street, Saturday, October 18

10:55am Monday 20th October 2014

The Best Of The Fest nights are hugely popular at the Brighton Comedy Festival, promising to showcase the ‘best comedic talent from the festival and beyond.’

Brighton Comedy Festival: The Paul Zerdin Show, Brighton Dome Corn Exchange, Church Street, Saturday, October 18

10:53am Monday 20th October 2014

The audience were in stitches as Paul Zerdin performed his mix of stand-up and ventriloquism with the energy and fast-paced banter of a real life double act.

Brighton Comedy Festival: Knightmare Live! – Level Two, The Old Market, Upper Market Street, Hove, Saturday, October 18

10:52am Monday 20th October 2014

Among those who were children between the mid-1980s and mid-1990s, Knightmare has a cult following.

Morcheeba, Concorde 2, Madeira Drive, Brighton, Friday, October 17

10:50am Monday 20th October 2014

Morcheeba lead singer/pop idol/ businesswoman Skye Edwards describes her music as ‘down-tempo ambient chill out vibes’ on Twitter and this is certainly what we got at Concorde 2 despite a long insistence for many to call the band a trip-hop outfit.

Brighton Comedy Festival: Tony Law - Enter The Tonezone, The Old Market, Upper Market Street, Hove, Friday, October 17

10:49am Monday 20th October 2014

Madcap, zany and wacky are all words seen in recent reviews of Canadian Tony Law’s shows.

Brighton Comedy Festival: Marcel Lucont – Is, Brighton Dome Theatre Studio, New Road, Friday, October 17

10:45am Monday 20th October 2014

Marcel Lucont’s act comes from, and celebrates, France - albeit indirectly (as in, he isn’t really from there).

Brighton Comedy Festival: Glenn Wool – Wool’s Gold, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, New Road, Friday, October 17

10:43am Monday 20th October 2014

Glenn Wool can be funny, sometimes.

The Sunshine Underground, Green Door Store, Trafalgar Street Arches, Brighton, Thursday, October 16

10:41am Friday 17th October 2014

Here’s the question – you’re a band that has never broken the mainstream, but no longer are you riding the wave of critical acclaim or commercial hype. Stripped of a record label and financial backing, what do you do?

Brighton Comedy Festival: Holly Walsh – Never Had It, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, New Road, Thursday, October 16

10:39am Friday 17th October 2014

With the plethora of panel shows clogging the nation’s airwaves and identikit young stand-ups seemingly everywhere, endlessly commenting on mobile phones and social networking, observational comedy has earned itself something of a bad name.

Brighton Comedy Festival: David O’Doherty Has Checked Everything, Brighton Dome Corn Exchange, Church Street, Thursday, October 16

10:36am Friday 17th October 2014

At last year's Brighton Comedy Festival he tried to Fix Everything. This year he Checked Everything but his conclusion was the same - life is hard and it's no better on the other side of the rainbow.

Brighton Comedy Festival: Doc Brown – The Weird Way Round, Brighton Dome Corn Exchange, Church Street, Thursday, October 16

10:33am Friday 17th October 2014

Doc Brown is a down-to-earth comedian with ironic nods to grandeur.

Buzzcocks, Concorde 2, Madeira Drive, Brighton, Thursday, October 16

10:25am Friday 17th October 2014

With co-frontmen Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle edging towards their sixties, Buzzcocks show no signs of burnout.

Brighton Comedy Festival: Alex Horne Monsieur Butterfly, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, New Road, Thursday, October 16

10:21am Friday 17th October 2014

There is no better way to see chaos theory expressed than by two step-ladders, half the contents of Wickes, a wind-up squirrel and a potato (of which more later).

Far From the Madding Crowd, Barn Theatre, Southwick, until Saturday, October 18

10:03am Thursday 16th October 2014

Southwick Players’ Far From The Madding Crowd takes on Hardy’s classic fiction and a famous film version but wins hands down on both counts.

Jim Davidson, Congress Theatre, Carlisle Road, Eastbourne, Wednesday, October 15

10:01am Thursday 16th October 2014

Jim Davidson underlined he is one of Britain’s great stand-up comedians on Wednesday.

Arthur Smith sings Leonard Cohen Volume 2, Theatre Royal Brighton, New Road, Wednesday, October 15

9:59am Thursday 16th October 2014

Any lesser comedian would lazily play the title of this show and superficially squeeze as many laughs from its obvious irony.

The Boy Who Kicked Pigs, The Old Market, Upper Market Street, Hove, until Wednesday, October 15, call 01273 201801

11:17am Wednesday 15th October 2014

A crazy cross between the cult TV show a League of Gentlemen and a spooky Tim Burton film is possibly the best way to describe The Boy Who Kicked Pigs.

Gypsy, Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester, until Saturday, November 8, 01243 781312

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10:02am Wednesday 15th October 2014

Gypsy has to be the best showbiz musical of all time and this production proves it. The news that Imelda Staunton was to be reunited with Jonathan Kent, who directed her in Sweeney Todd, created quite a buzz and raised very high expectations.

Taking Steps, Emporium, London Road, Brighton, until Sunday, October 19, visit

9:59am Wednesday 15th October 2014

Surrey theatre company Theatre Revives! are presenting a first class production of Alan Ayckbourn's Taking Steps at the Emporium Theatre.

The Wave Pictures, Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Middle Street, Brighton, Tuesday, October 14

9:55am Wednesday 15th October 2014

The Wave Pictures’s umpteenth visit to Brighton – their favoured air hockey location – was ostensibly to perform Daniel Johnston’s classic 1990 album Artistic Vice in its entirety.

ANTEMASQUE and Le Butcherettes, Concorde 2, Brighton, Monday, October 13

The Argus:

9:45am Tuesday 14th October 2014

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala’s latest incarnation saw the pair, better known as the brains behind prog favourites The Mars Volta and post-hardcore protagonists At The Drive-In, return to their simpler rock roots with gusto.

Brighton Comedy Festival: Mark Dolan Changes The World, Komedia Studio Bar, Gardner Street, Brighton, Monday, October 13

9:46am Tuesday 14th October 2014

Mark Dolan, of Balls of Steel and World’s Greatest Prankster fame, toned the slapstick down for a more intimate, observational gig.

Peter James’ The Perfect Murder, Devonshire Park Theatre, Compton Street, Eastbourne, until Saturday, October 18, call 01323 412000

9:42am Tuesday 14th October 2014

Brighton’s internationally famous author Peter James shows why he’s the No.1 best-selling crime writer with The Perfect Murder, which is full of tension, twists and terrifically funny one-liners.

John Lydon, De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill, Sunday, October 12

The Argus:

10:25am Monday 13th October 2014

A capacity audience turned out for an angry man in Bexhill who has no love for hot sweaty nuns and priests, politicians, or some of the former members of the Sex Pistols.

Brighton Comedy Festival: Mark Steel's Back In Town, Brighton Dome Corn Exchange, Church Street, Saturday, October 11

10:23am Monday 13th October 2014

An atmosphere of excitement among the capacity audience preceded Mark Steel's arrival onstage, clearly we were awaiting a much-treasured comedian and provocateur.

Tall Ships, The Prince Albert, Trafalgar Street, Brighton, Saturday, October 11

10:21am Monday 13th October 2014

After some time out in the cold, the locals are back to pick up where they left off, treating The Prince Albert to an intimate showcase of experimental rock.

The History Of Apple Pie, Bleach, London Road, Brighton, Friday, October 10

10:20am Monday 13th October 2014

The History of Apple Pie are clearly more than just a quirky name, as they showed their audience just what the hype is all about with a busy well-chiseled set of noise-pop on Friday.

Shoreham Wordfest: An Assortment Of Sybils, Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham, Friday, October 10

10:19am Monday 13th October 2014

Did you know that 50% of human genes are found in bananas?

Brighton Comedy Festival: Dave Gorman, Brighton Dome Concert Hall, Church Street, Saturday, October 11

10:18am Monday 13th October 2014

The pineapple on a hotel buffet breakfast table is there for the taking and not just a centrepiece.

Aswad, Concorde 2, Madeira Drive, Brighton, Saturday, October 11

10:17am Monday 13th October 2014

Since the mid-seventies Aswad have been respected as one of the top British reggae bands.

Brighton Comedy Festival: Opening Gala, Brighton Dome Concert Hall, Church Street, Friday, October 10

10:16am Monday 13th October 2014

When you’re promised one of comedy’s greats has turned up as a surprise guest, it’s hard not to feel a little worried on their behalf.

Nick Harper, Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham, Thursday, October 9

10:51am Friday 10th October 2014

Nick Harper's 45-minute opening set lit the touchpaper.

Danny Bhoy, The Old Market, Upper Market Street, Hove, Thursday, October 9

10:47am Friday 10th October 2014

Danny Bhoy exuded confidence as he stepped onto the stage at The Old Market – on tour with Please Untick This Box, a show which niggled at the modern pre-occupation with data and poked fun at the luxurious end of culture – canapes at parties and Michelin dining.

Caro Emerald, Brighton Centre, Thursday, October 9

The Argus:

10:45am Friday 10th October 2014

This Emerald proved to be a true gem when it came to providing lively entertainment and kicking up a storm.

Tenors Un Limited, Theatre Royal Brighton, New Road, Thursday, October 9

10:44am Friday 10th October 2014

What can be better than one ringing tenor singing Verdi?

Dobet Gnahoré, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, New Road, Wednesday, October 8

10:43am Thursday 9th October 2014

The only thing to match Dobet Gnahoré’s infectious energy on her debut full-length UK tour was the enthusiasm of two African dancers who’ve joined her for a series of collaborative shows.

Off!,The Haunt, Pool Valley, Brighton, Wednesday, October 8

The Argus:

10:21am Thursday 9th October 2014

One thing which became instantly apparent was American hardcore punk super group OFF! are not like many other bands that get tarnished with the same description.

Mark Watson: Flaws, The Old Market, Upper Market Street, Hove, Wednesday, October 8

10:17am Thursday 9th October 2014

Mark Watson’s presence was absorbing; his material creating a flow of observational comedy which built laugh upon laugh and meant the show flew by.

Grant Lee Phillips And Howe Gelb, Komedia, Gardner Street, Brighton, Wednesday, October 8

10:15am Thursday 9th October 2014

As he absent-mindedly noodled with his guitar Howe Gelb set the laid-back nature of this double-headline show with old touring buddy Grant Lee Phillips.

King Creosote, Komedia, Gardner Street, Brighton, Tuesday, October 7

The Argus:

9:43am Wednesday 8th October 2014

The word prolific fails to do Fife singer-songwriter and born raconteur King Creosote, aka Kenny Anderson, justice.

Michael Palin: Travelling To Work, Theatre Royal Brighton, New Road, Tuesday, October 7

The Argus:

9:39am Wednesday 8th October 2014

Ever since he went around the world in 79 days and seven hours back in 1988, former Python Michael Palin’s career has been split into two distinct areas.

Tim Key: Single White Slut, The Old Market, Upper Market Street, Hove, Tuesday, October 7

The Argus:

9:37am Wednesday 8th October 2014

Tim Key repeatedly told the audience that he was a ‘film star,’ and they should consider themselves lucky to catch one in such an intimate venue.


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