View Calendar
15/10/2021 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

An Introduction to Playwriting : Staged Readings

An Introduction to Playwriting : Staged Readings

Two new playwrights, Daniel Allen and Jason Lever, present new writing developed on ACT's Introduction to Playwriting course.

This is a rehearsed reading with professional actors bringing these new scripts to the stage for the first time.

An eclectic evening including two direct address monologues featuring a disenchanted theatre usher and Michelangelo's elderly assistant, Domenico. There are also two play extracts which transport us to two very different worlds - that of Indian soldiers recuperating at the Royal Pavilion during the First World War and of Lola Montez, an Irish dancer and actress who became famous as a Spanish dancer, courtesan, and mistress of King Ludwig I of Bavaria.

Related upcoming events

  • 06/12/2021 8:00 pm - 06/12/2021 10:00 pm

    ACT Foundation Show (Invited Audience)

    ACT Foundation in Acting - end of term show - Invited Audience only.

  • 14/12/2021 2:27 pm - 14/12/2021 10:00 pm

    ACT Diploma Yr1 Show

    Act Two Year Diploma in Acting - Year 1 end of term show (Invited Audience)

  • 16/12/2021 8:00 pm - 16/12/2021 10:00 pm

    Ghost Stories for Christmas 2021

    Have yourself a scary little Christmas…. Brighton’s original Ghost Stories for Christmas returns to The Lantern Theatre, featuring a trio of spine tingling tales from masters of horror Ramsey Campbell and John Paul Fitch and, for the first time, award winning novelist Kate Mosse.

    Following a break in 2020 due to ill health, director and producer Craig Johnson says ‘We are delighted to be back at The Lantern this year performing our annual show, which has been a staple of the Brighton Christmas Season since our first production 9 years ago. After a serious health scare in 2020 we are proud to be donating our proceeds from the show to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, without which I may have ended up quite literally in a ghost story. I am eternally grateful for the care I received from all of the staff there and so it feels fantastic to be giving something back, particularly following all of the efforts made by the NHS over the past two years.”

    This year's show promises tales of horror, melancholy and dark humour and features a ghostly bride, malevolent decorations and a rather unusual Christmas miracle. Please note that this production, which contains strong language, is not suitable for children.

    Because our audience capacity is now reduced, and we want to raise as much money as possible for the NHS, we will not be including mulled wine within this year's ticket.

  • 17/12/2021 8:00 pm - 17/12/2021 10:00 pm

    Ghost Stories for Christmas 2021

    Have yourself a scary little Christmas…. Brighton’s original Ghost Stories for Christmas returns to The Lantern Theatre, featuring a trio of spine tingling tales from masters of horror Ramsey Campbell and John Paul Fitch and, for the first time, award winning novelist Kate Mosse.

    Following a break in 2020 due to ill health, director and producer Craig Johnson says ‘We are delighted to be back at The Lantern this year performing our annual show, which has been a staple of the Brighton Christmas Season since our first production 9 years ago. After a serious health scare in 2020 we are proud to be donating our proceeds from the show to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, without which I may have ended up quite literally in a ghost story. I am eternally grateful for the care I received from all of the staff there and so it feels fantastic to be giving something back, particularly following all of the efforts made by the NHS over the past two years.”

    This year's show promises tales of horror, melancholy and dark humour and features a ghostly bride, malevolent decorations and a rather unusual Christmas miracle. Please note that this production, which contains strong language, is not suitable for children.

    Because our audience capacity is now reduced, and we want to raise as much money as possible for the NHS, we will not be including mulled wine within this year's ticket.

  • 18/12/2021 8:00 pm - 18/12/2021 10:00 pm

    Ghost Stories for Christmas 2021

    Have yourself a scary little Christmas…. Brighton’s original Ghost Stories for Christmas returns to The Lantern Theatre, featuring a trio of spine tingling tales from masters of horror Ramsey Campbell and John Paul Fitch and, for the first time, award winning novelist Kate Mosse.

    Following a break in 2020 due to ill health, director and producer Craig Johnson says ‘We are delighted to be back at The Lantern this year performing our annual show, which has been a staple of the Brighton Christmas Season since our first production 9 years ago. After a serious health scare in 2020 we are proud to be donating our proceeds from the show to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, without which I may have ended up quite literally in a ghost story. I am eternally grateful for the care I received from all of the staff there and so it feels fantastic to be giving something back, particularly following all of the efforts made by the NHS over the past two years.”

    This year's show promises tales of horror, melancholy and dark humour and features a ghostly bride, malevolent decorations and a rather unusual Christmas miracle. Please note that this production, which contains strong language, is not suitable for children.

    Because our audience capacity is now reduced, and we want to raise as much money as possible for the NHS, we will not be including mulled wine within this year's ticket.

  • 25/03/2022 7:30 pm - 25/03/2022 10:00 pm

    Lord God

    by Brian Mitchell and Philip Reeve

    From the writers of 'The Ministry of Biscuits' and 'Pugs of the Frozen North' stage show - author Philip Reeve (Mortal Engines)
    and playwright and composer Brian Mitchell ('Those Magnificent Men') - comes the divine new musical comedy Lord God

    When the Lord God is persuaded by His retainer and chief-cook-and-bottle-washer Gabriel to take an incognito holiday in a Devonshire seaside hotel (largely to get Him out from under His angels' feet), He looks forward to a fortnight of uninterrupted tennis, billiards, tea on the terrace and the latest Agatha Christie. But the presence of campaigning atheist Professor 'Minty' Tweddle and her fiance, notoriously hard-to-please theatre critic Rex Addison, upsets His plans and leads to all manner of supernatural scrapes, japes and narrow escapes and the invention of a hot new global dance craze.

    Can our hero persuade Minty He really exists?
    Can He solve the Problem of Evil before breakfast?
    What exactly is Rex Addison up to?
    Will Gabriel step in once more to save the Almighty's bacon?

    Find out the answers to these questions and all the mysteries of Creation in the new musical comedy Lord God, from best-selling author Philip Reeve and award-winning playwright and composer Brian Mitchell, whose previous collaborations include the recent sell-out stage adaptation of Pugs of the Frozen North and the acclaimed musical comedy The Ministry of Biscuits.  Building on their reputation for thought-provoking comedy, Lord God takes a timely look at morality, faith, and why sometimes it is best not to take things too seriously.

    Produced by the “renowned and very popular” (London Pub Theatres) company The Foundry Group, and with a top-notch cast including Joanna Neary (Ideal), and Murray Simon (The Ministry of Biscuits), Lord God promises a night of  witty lyrics, toe-tapping tunes and thoughtful frivolity.

    “The latest vintage-inspired slice of Englishness from the engagingly skewed Foundry Group....  Clever Gilbert & Sullivanesque lyrics and sparky lines... Sweet, gentle, full of heart....a huge hit with the crowd.”

    - Philippa Hammond, Sussex Playwrights Reviews.