Discover the real Marilyn Monroe in a new one-woman stage show

The Argus: Lizzie Wort as Marilyn Monroe

6:00am Friday 18th April 2014

"So many perceptions of Marilyn Monroe are based around her death. With this play, we wanted to get people interested in her life.”

Punk poet John Cooper Clarke talks art, Arctic Monkeys and the possibility of an autobiography

The Argus: John Cooper Clarke

5:00am Friday 18th April 2014

"Don't call me a national treasure – it seems like something you would say about a dead person or someone not working any more. I’m working more than at any point in my life.”

This year's Chichester Festival season launches with a play about one of the 20th century’s most-loved female poets, Stevie Smith

The Argus: Director Christopher Morahan and Zoë Wanamaker in rehearsals. Photo by Manuel Harlan

5:00am Friday 18th April 2014

The only time director Christopher Morahan worked with Zoë Wanamaker previously was on the 1997 mini-series A Dance To The Music Of Time.

Writer Sarah Naomi Lee tells how bad hair days inspired her play Snakes And Ladders

The Argus: The cast of Snakes And Ladders. Photo by Paul Jackson

5:00am Friday 18th April 2014

When Bafta-nominated Snakes And Ladders star Cathy Tyson was young, her mother put Vaseline on her hair to try to make it stay down.

Live action and camera trickery combine as award-winning show Leo pays a visit to The Old Market

The Argus: Leo. Photo by Andy Phillipson

5:00am Friday 11th April 2014

Wannabe astronauts have to be flown tens of thousands of feet into the atmosphere to achieve the effects of weightlessness.

Martial arts and dance fusion show Boxe Boxe comes to Brighton Dome

The Argus: Boxe Boxe

5:00am Friday 11th April 2014

Arguably the world’s greatest boxer, Muhammad Ali, once said: “The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.”

Passion, frustration and laughter combine in A Month In The Country at The Old Market

The Argus: A Month In The Country

5:00am Friday 28th March 2014

Director Sean McLevy compares his new production of Russian playwright Ivan Turgenev’s A Month In The Country to an old-fashioned Alan Ayckbourn play.

The Renaissance that never was

The Argus: Abelard and Heloise

5:00am Friday 28th March 2014

Duncan Hall learns how the Church in 12th-century France used an affair between a philosopher and his student to halt a revolution

Comedy icon Eric Morecambe is recreated in an award-winning one-man show

The Argus: Bob Golding as Eric Morecambe

5:00am Friday 28th March 2014

Kenneth Tynan picked up on Morecambe And Wise’s success in the 1970s. He said Eric was the straight man who was funny, and Ernie was the funny man who was straight.

One Man, Two Guvnors for Theatre Royal Brighton

The Argus: One Man, Two Guvnors for Theatre Royal Brighton

11:20am Wednesday 26th March 2014

The National Theatre hit One Man, Two Guvnors has been revealed as Theatre Royal Brighton’s Christmas show.

Arthur Smith explains why he enjoys writing, walking and being grumpy

The Argus: Arthur Smith. Photo by Steve Ullathorne.

6:30am Friday 21st March 2014

Hard as it is to believe, chain-smoking comedian and reformed alcoholic Arthur Smith was once a cross country runner, who represented London schools.

A 'filthy' new comedy comes to Eastbourne's Royal Hippodrome

The Argus: A 'filthy' new comedy comes to Eastbourne's Royal Hippodrome

6:10am Friday 21st March 2014

When Leah Bell describes Dirty Dusting as being like listening to your “nana tellin’ yer about her sex life”, it sounds like the worst sell in history.

Comedian Miles Jupp talks about ageing, anger and Archie The Inventor

The Argus: Miles Jupp

6:00am Friday 21st March 2014

Miles Jupp might seem quite a cool and calm character, with his very English obsessions with cricket and his history as Balamory’s Archie The Inventor.

Ringmer-born director David Grindley tells why the themes from George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion are still relevant 100 years on

The Argus: Ringmer-born playwright and director David Grindley tells why the themes from George Bernard Shaw’s 100-year-old play Pygmalion are still relevant

5:00am Friday 14th March 2014

Can it really be – in the 21st century – that the working classes have to affect an accent to succeed?

Life's Too Short actor Warwick Davis on creating the world’s first theatre company for short actors

The Argus: Warwick Davis

5:00am Friday 14th March 2014

Despite the average height of the cast in comic farce See How They Run not being above 4ft 2in, star and director Warwick Davis says within a few minutes the audience will forget it’s watching the world’s first theatre company for short actors.

New play The Events investigates the effects of politically motivated mass murders on small communities

The Argus: The Events. Photo by Stephen Cummsikey

5:00am Friday 14th March 2014

The Norwegian cultural attaché in London might not support David Greig and Ramin Gray’s latest production but they argue theatre has a responsibility to debate matters of great public interest.

Tenor David Shaw tells The Guide about this year’s Glyndebourne Festival

The Argus: Tenor David Shaw

6:40am Friday 7th March 2014

Young tenor David Shaw is an unlikely spokesman for Sussex opera house Glyndebourne.

Chichester Festival Theatre opens its newly refurbished doors for a season of spectacular talent

The Argus: Chichester Festival Theatre directors Alan Finch and Jonathan Church. Photo by Johan Persson.

6:30am Friday 7th March 2014

As Chichester Festival Theatre prepares to open its multi-million-pound refurbished main space in July, directors Jonathan Church and Alan Finch have planned a bumper season. The Guide’s Duncan Hall takes a look at what’s coming up, and learns the latest news about the refurbished theatre...

Rod Stewart musical Tonight's The Night comes to Theatre Royal Brighton

The Argus: The cast of Tonight's The Night. Photo by Alastair Muir

5:00am Friday 7th March 2014

"Jukebox Musical” has become something of a derogatory term following their proliferation in the West End and the high-profile collapse of The Spice Girls’ Viva Forever.

Actor Robert Powell on playing Hercule Poirot and why we can't help but love a good detective story

The Argus: Black Coffee

5:00am Friday 7th March 2014

As much as they pretend otherwise, troubled TV executives turn to detective series when they need to boost ratings.

Exploring the bonds of war in To The Green Fields Beyond

The Argus: To The Green Fields Beyond, photo by Strat Mastoris

5:30am Friday 28th February 2014

"It doesn’t matter how much armour a soldier surrounds himself with, it doesn’t protect him from the fact war is about trying to kill another human being. It echoes through human history.”

Flexer & Sandiland's dance company pokes fun at the past with 20th anniversary show Weightless

The Argus: Weightless, photo by Chris Nash

5:00am Friday 28th February 2014

When most dance companies hit a landmark year – usually with a zero or five in it – it’s an excuse to look back and present some of their most popular performances in an easily digestible show.

Theatre company Filter bring their rock 'n' roll version of Twelfth Night to Brighton

The Argus: Twelfth Night

5:00am Friday 21st February 2014

"If music be the food of love, play on.” The most famous opening lines to a play ever written are the inspiration for Filter’s production of Twelfth Night.

Rambert Dance Company revive Rolling Stones routine Rooster for their latest show

The Argus: Dancers perform the Rooster routine. Photo by Hugo Glendinning

5:00am Friday 21st February 2014

In the 13 years since Rambert’s Rooster was last seen on British stages, the band whose music the show uses have cemented their status as the biggest rock act in the world.

Prepare for a scare as Dracula pays a visit to Eastbourne’s Devonshire Park Theatre

The Argus: Photo by Alex Harvey-Brown – Savannah Photographic 2013

5:00am Friday 14th February 2014

Before going into rehearsals, Dracula director Eliot Giuralarocca picked out seven seemingly impossible challenges from the script.

Sussex playwright Phil Porter talks about the dysfunctional love story in his Edinburgh Fringe hit Blink

The Argus: Blink. Photo by Ludovic Des Cognets

5:00am Friday 14th February 2014

For Glynde-based playwright Phil Porter, the genesis of Blink was pretty unusual. “The story just popped into my head,” he admits as the two-hander makes its Brighton debut, following critically acclaimed appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe and London’s Soho Theatre.

The 'grand dame of anarchic dance' Liz Aggis celebrates 60 years in the world

The Argus: Liz Aggiss

10:08am Friday 7th February 2014

THERE’S nothing like a milestone birthday to make one look back and take stock of our lives.

Derren Brown brings his latest show Infamous to Theatre Royal Brighton

The Argus: Derren Brown

10:03am Friday 7th February 2014

Last time Derren Brown visited Brighton he forced a group of pensioners to steal chips from unsuspecting diners on the seafront.

New Savile satire pulls no punches

The Argus: New Savile satire pulls no punches

6:50am Friday 31st January 2014

Dominic Smith talks to Gareth Ellis about why his tabloid-grabbing show knows its place

Cleopatra's Cleo Higgins stars in Thriller Live at Theatre Royal Brighton

The Argus: Cleopatra's Cleo Higgins stars in Thriller Live at Theatre Royal Brighton

6:07pm Thursday 30th January 2014

Cleo Higgins sung to a live audience of 150,000 people at Wembley stadium when she was 16. She has performed at the Vatican at the request of Pope John Paul II, appeared on American TV staple The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and even had her own sitcom on CITV – along with her sisters in girl group Cleopatra.

Peter James's Detective Roy Grace makes his stage debut

The Argus: The Perfect Murder. Photo by Alastair Muir.

7:00am Friday 24th January 2014

Brighton detective Roy Grace has finally stepped off the page in a new touring production detailing one of his early cases. Duncan Hall finds out more about the first appearance by Peter James’s troubled ’tec and looks at other crime-solvers who have made the transition from the printed word to the stage or screen

Swindon writer Matt Fox explores cross-generational relationships in new play To Sleep

The Argus: Ellie Lawrence and Peter Hynds. Photo by Darren Coleman

5:00am Friday 24th January 2014

Swindon's limited cultural scene proved a boon for writer Matt Fox when it came to casting and producing his play To Sleep.

Dancer Alexandrina Hemsley on fighting back against the media’s objectification of black women

The Argus: O is at the Nightingale Theatre on January 29

5:00am Friday 24th January 2014

Part of the soundtrack to Alexandrina Hemsley and Jamila Johnson-Small’s dance performance O is a piece of text written and read by Hemsley’s father based on incidents and abuse both women have experienced.

'Drink-along show' looks back at the history of beer

The Argus: 'Drink-along show' looks back at the history of beer

7:00am Friday 17th January 2014

Like all great ideas, Wish Experience’s A Brief History Of Beer began in a pub. “We were having a production meeting of sorts with a couple of pints,” remembers Californian writer and performer Trish Parry, who created the show with Florida native Will Glenn.

Robin Cousins brings his new skating spectacular, Ice, to the Brighton Centre

The Argus: Robin Cousins' Ice

5:00am Friday 17th January 2014

"Give the people what they want but not in the way they expect it” is how Olympic figure skater Robin Cousins describes his approach to choreography.

Brighton's alternative panto returns to the Dome Studio Theatre

The Argus: Jason Prince as Little John, Simon Grant as Cock Robin, and Scott Virgo as Will Scarlet. Photo by Simon Dack

5:00am Friday 17th January 2014

THE scourge of the politically correct and Arts Council-approved entertainment is back for its 12th year in Brighton.

Happy Days: A New Musical rocks up at Theatre Royal Brighton

The Argus: Cheryl Baker as Mrs Cunningham, Ben Freeman as The Fonz, and Heidi Range as Pinky Tuscadero. Photo by Paul Coltas

5:00am Friday 17th January 2014

For creator Garry Marshall, a Happy Days musical had been in the back of his mind even when the series was airing on US television.

Argus Angel-winning play Blonde Poison about a Jewish Nazi informer comes to Lewes

The Argus: Gail Louw as Stella Goldschlag

5:00am Friday 10th January 2014

MORE than two years on from her Argus Angel-winning play’s debut, Gail Louw’s feeling about her central character Stella Goldschlag hasn’t changed.

The Pride director Jamie Lloyd on how attitudes towards homosexuality have changed over the past 50 years

The Argus: Al Weaver as Oliver and Harry Hadden-Paton as Philip. Photo by Marc Brenner

5:00am Friday 10th January 2014

What leapt off the page back in 2008 was this emotional kick that somehow gets under your skin and breaks your heart.

Theatre to look forward to in 2014

The Argus: Alastair McGowan stars in Pygmalion at Theatre Royal Brighton this March

5:00am Friday 3rd January 2014

Dominic Smith lifts the curtain on theatre coming up in 2014

A new take on Pinocchio comes to Hove's Old Market

The Argus: Pinocchio

5:00am Friday 27th December 2013

Even if they’ve never read the book or seen the Disney film, most people will know one fact about Pinocchio – his nose grew when he told a lie.

Director Bob Tomson on more than 20 years of Scrooge on stage

The Argus: The cast of Scrooge. Photo by Keith Pattison

5:00am Friday 20th December 2013

When Leslie Briscusse’s all-star musical version of A Christmas Carol opened at cinemas in 1970 it received little critical acclaim.

Pajama Game transfers to the West End

The Argus: Pajama Game transfers to the West End

2:29pm Monday 16th December 2013

Chichester Festival Theatre's production of Broadway smash hit musical The Pajama Game has been snapped up by a West End theatre.

The Guide goes behind the scenes at Priscilla Queen Of The Desert

The Argus: Sonja Mohren, head of wigs. Photo by Sam Stephenson

5:00am Friday 13th December 2013

Prior to its Christmas residency at Theatre Royal Brighton, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert rolled into Eastbourne’s Congress Theatre for a week in August. The Guide’s Duncan Hall went backstage to speak to some of the people behind the scenes who make it all happen

Three performers push themselves to the limit in circus show Petit Mal: Concrete Circus

The Argus: Petit Mal: Concrete Circus: Photo by Jussi Eskola

5:00am Friday 13th December 2013

It was one five-second glimpse of a small child in Nepal which created the look and aesthetic of Finnish contemporary circus practitioners Race Horse Company’s latest show.

Vaudevillian pensioner Sid Lester brings his special Christmas show to the Dome

The Argus: Sid Lester (Sue MacLaine) and his daughter Valerie (Emma Kilbey). Photo by JJ Waller

5:00am Friday 13th December 2013

"I’m really delighted to have an alter ego. Everyone should have one. They should be given out on the NHS!”

The Witches brings a touch of magic to Chichester

The Argus: The cast of The Witches, during a dress rehearsal. Photo by Mike Eddowes

5:30am Friday 6th December 2013

IT’S unlikely the legendary author Roald Dahl ever dreamed his tale of urban witches preying on children would transfer to the stage.

The Guide: making sure you're not bored this Christmas

The Argus: The case of Santa Claus the Musical. Photo by Terry Applin

5:20am Friday 6th December 2013

From traditional pantos to more offbeat Christmas shows, Duncan Hall rounds up all things festive in Sussex.

The stage show Ghosts comes to Theatre Royal Brighton

The Argus: Kelly Hunter and Mark Quartley. Photo by Simon Annand.

5:00am Friday 29th November 2013

WHEN Henrik Ibsen’s play Ghosts first opened in London in the late 19th century, The Daily Telegraph described it as “an open drain: a loathsome sore unbandaged; a dirty act done publicly”.

Beats stage show comes to The Old Market Brighton

The Argus: Kieran Hurley, author of Beats. Photo by Niall Walker.

5:00am Friday 22nd November 2013

What killed the 1990s free party scene? Was it the 1994 Criminal Justice Bill or the first Creamfields festival?


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