AUDIENCES will soon be welcomed back to the Theatre Royal after 16 months of closure.

Theatre Royal Brighton announced plans to reopen on Saturday, July 24, providing the government’s roadmap continues as expected.

From musicals to drama and comedians to tribute acts, the Brighton venues autumn calendar is packed with entertainment.

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Theatre Royal Brighton director John Baldock said if you’ve missed experiencing the thrill of theatre over the past year and a half, you will be spoilt for choice.

“The first show scheduled to reopen the theatre will be an unforgettable evening with the lovable La Voix, which was actually the last show to perform at the theatre pre pandemic,” he said.

Despite the closure, the theatre has played host to various filming and recording projects including ITV’s Grace, Eliot Hasler’s new film Vindication Swim and most recently, the filming and recording onstage for British band Elbow’s new album.

The theatre also appeared on screen in the Netflix smash hit Bridgerton.

The Grade II listed building opened in 1807.

Mr Baldock said audiences have been greatly missed.

“We are excited to see so much of our city re-opening and hope that this is another huge step towards normality,” he said.

“Thank you for your continued support, we cannot wait to safely welcome audiences back and do what we do best. We’ve missed you.”

Theatre Royal Brighton is also set to welcome back shows including Dirty Dancing, Hairspray, Rocky Horror Show and Heathers The Musical.

“West End smash hit Everybody’s Talking About Jamie will also visit Brighton this Christmas,” Mr Baldock.

“The return of live theatre also sees the return of Theatre Royal Brighton’s price promise ticket deals. Continuing the theatre’s commitment to making theatre affordable for all, a limited number of tickets will be available for some of the most popular shows for just £13.”

The theatre is now operating a contactless ticketing system with eTickets being issued to customers within two weeks of their selected performance.