Sizzling Brazilian contemporary dance, hip-hop premieres and smash hit plays are just some of the productions set to take centre stage at Brighton Dome this spring.

Opening the venue’s theatre programme this season is Brighton theatre-maker Tim Crouch’s critically acclaimed Truth’s a Dog Must to Kennel in January.

A one-man play combining stand-up comedy and virtual reality, it is a celebration of live performance inspired by Shakespeare’s King Lear.

In February, a play from critically acclaimed writer and performer Chris Thorpe, A Family Business, explores the connection between humanity and politics to ask why we don’t talk about nuclear weapons.

At the other end of the dramatic spectrum, Tits and Teeth on February 21 mixes dance with drag, satire and mime to pay tribute to cultural icons across centuries, from Queen Victoria to Andy Warhol.

The Argus: Sao Paulo Dance Company Sao Paulo Dance Company (Image: Camilo Munoz and Iari Davies 7, brighter)

To mark International Women’s Day in March, one of What’s On Stage’s top new plays of 2024, Wish You Weren’t Here, explores family relationships and the agony of growing up through the lens of a mother and teenage daughter on holiday.

Continuing the International Women’s Day celebrations, Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra spotlight female composers in their March concert and on March 9, Brighton Women’s Centre returns to Brighton Dome for an inclusive, uplifting and free open day featuring talks, workshops, arts and crafts and performance.

On their first ever tour of the UK and Ireland, Brazil’s classically trained, Latin influenced Sao Paulo Dance Company is Brighton Dome’s first spring dance performance, with two dates on February 27 and 28.

The Argus: Until We SleepUntil We Sleep (Image: Camilla Greenwell)

Demonstrating their technical skill and contemporary flair, the company will perform three energetic pieces from their repertoire.

In March, Olivier award-winning hip-hop dance choreographer Botis Seva’s new production, Until We Sleep, premieres at the Corn Exchange and local company Vincent Dance Theatre’s PLAY explores the messy reality of how girls and young women experience the world.

At Easter, on March 29 and 30, Ballet Theatre UK’s innovative family-friendly production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream gives the tale a new lease of life.

The Argus: A Midsummer's Night DreamA Midsummer's Night Dream (Image: Brighton Dome)

Community events include Access Open Day, an opportunity to find out about the facilities and assisted performances available at Brighton Dome and a series of dance workshops run by Brighton-based EVOLVE Dance Collective. New music night Dome Studio Live, curated by Brighton label QM Records’ Ned Archibong, spotlights local musicians and bands and a monthly Poetry Night with Brighton Dome In House Artist AFLO. the poet features fresh talent alongside special guests.


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Disabled led theatre company FlawBored’s play It’s a Motherf**king Pleasure, one of The Times newspaper’s ‘Best of the Fringe’ last year, is a satirical exploration of the monetisation of identity politics that all audiences, regardless of impairments and disabilities, can access. For audiences with profound and multiple learning disabilities, The Bar At the Edge of Time offers a multisensory night out with maestro mixologists and crooners and Oska Bright Film Festival showcases boundary-breaking stories from learning disabled filmmakers across the globe.

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A new series of weekend theatre shows for young children begins in January.

Children and their parents or carers can sail the seas with family favourites Groove Baby in an animated and live-action swashbuckling jazz fuelled adventure; join a team of magical gardeners celebrating the wonder and weirdness of nature in Four Seasons and take a zig-zagging journey with someone who can’t make head nor tail of life’s rules in Boxed In on March 24.

The Argus: Boxed In Boxed In (Image: Brighton Dome)

Ahead of each performance, audience members can join in with family craft sessions in Brighton Dome’s new creative community space Anita’s Room. For older children, TV Gastronaut Stefan Gates’ Rude Science is packed with spectacular science experiments and stunts.

Spring also sees performances from Irish musician and vocalist Camille O’Sullivan, who interprets the music of David Bowie, Leonard Cohen and Radiohead in an intimate evening of storytelling through song and New Regency Orchestra return to Brighton with their unique sound of golden age mambo and Latin jazz, with a contemporary London spin. Beatboxing star SK Shlomo’s award-winning show BREATHE is a love letter to beats and bass and composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Nitin Sawhney plays music from his new album, Identity.

The Argus: It's a Motherf...king Pleasure Chloe Palmer (back), Aarian Mehrabani (centre) and Samuel Brewer (front)It's a Motherf...king Pleasure Chloe Palmer (back), Aarian Mehrabani (centre) and Samuel Brewer (front) (Image: Hannah Smith)

If you are in need of a laugh, comedy TV stars Rob Delaney and Joe Lycett take to the stage for Brighton Dome’s own comedy showcase Live at Brighton Dome this spring, alongside up and coming comedic talents.

In the Talks programme, Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE shares stories from his legendary exploits and adventures as an explorer and Lucy Worsley examines the fascinating life of Agatha Christie.

Captivating immersive theatre experience Murder Trial 2 invites audiences to delve into the mysterious world of a newly married couple whose anniversary dinner takes a tragic turn and RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Sasha Velour presents an evening of drag, storytelling and live art.

On April 6, GOLD celebrates exactly 50 years since ABBA’s Eurovision win at Brighton Dome with performances of their greatest hits from Eurovision royalty, Charlotte Perrelli and other stars, backed by Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus.

Additional highlights

Classical music

Brighton Dome and Strings Attached’s 23/24 season of Coffee Concerts continues in the Corn Exchange with chamber music from Castalian String Quartet, Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective, Northern Chords Ensemble and Kleio Quartet.

London Philharmonic Orchestra explore Family Ties and Pictures at an Exhibition and Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra’s spring programme includes a performance of Sea Songs.

Contemporary Music

Alison Goldfrapp brings her solo work to the Concert Hall and ABC play their album The Lexicon of Love, while Rick Wakeman performs classics by Yes and from Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

There are also gigs from Mercury Prize-nominated Yard Act and Canadian band Mother Mother, while African Night Fever presents afro-psychedelic future pop from Soweto’s BCUC.


Talks in the Founders Room explore Brighton Dome’s pivotal place in local women’s history and the Concert Hall and Corn Exchange’s magnificent history as the Prince Regent’s Royal Stables and Riding School.