Brighton Dome's Corn Exchange will re-open for live performances this autumn after a multi-million-pound refurbishment.

The listed building, alongside the Grade II listed studio theatre, was recently renovated in a £38 million project spanning six years.

Now, the building will welcome live events again including an award-winning theatre company who will stage the inaugural performance.

Andrew Comben, chief executive of Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival, said: “Brighton punches above its weight as a city and its thriving cultural and creative sector is a huge part of that success.

“Restoring these wonderful historic buildings to make them more open to residents and visitors, more useful to the city and its artists, more creative and more sustainable has been a labour of love for the project team and all of us at Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival.”

The project to restore the 200-year-old Corn Exchange was supported by Brighton and Hove City Council and will once again become a core venue of Brighton Festival.


The Corn Exchange received new state-of-the-art technology in the venue, a brand-new creative space and increased audience capacity.

It hosted its first event this summer with the Van Gogh Live immersive exhibition.

The first live performance at the venue will be theatre company Gecko performing their production Kin.

The Argus: Kin, the first live performance at Brighton Dome's Corn ExchangeKin, the first live performance at Brighton Dome's Corn Exchange (Image: Mark Sepple | Brighton Dome)

Bella Sankey, Brighton and Hove City Council leader, said: "The restoration of Brighton Dome’s much-loved Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre has been one of the most important and ambitious projects undertaken in the city during recent years and reflects our commitment to protecting and preserving our precious historic buildings.

“The immersive Van Gogh exhibition, held over the summer, gave us our first glimpse of the beautifully restored buildings, which have also been enhanced to provide fantastic new and modern spaces, offering huge potential for culture and the arts to continue to flourish in the city.

“The restoration mixes old and new and provides fascinating historical insight into Brighton Dome through the ages. From a royal riding house to a skating rink, to a centre of suffragette action, Brighton Dome has long been the beating heart of Brighton and this can now continue into the future.”