Martha Gellhorn-Troubles Seen

26th November 2017 @ 8:00PM

The Great Depression, Spain's Civil War, Nuremberg, Greenham, The Miners' Strike, El Salvador: Martha Gellhorn wrote unmatched despatches about practically every major story of the 20th Century, always siding with the ordinary folk, always railing against governments and the powerful.

Her lovers included Ernest Hemingway but laughter with friends was what she loved best and tonight you're her special guest for an evening of whisky, cigarettes, forgivable name-dropping, coruscating wit, awe-inspiring rage and dreadful cooking.



Performance Musical Improv Showcase

28th November 2017 @ 8:00PM

Students on this advanced Maydays course show us what they are made of!

Starting from a single word the improvisors will be creating scenes that magically lead into complete songs!

"Utterly hilarious and unmissable - best night's comedy you will find in Brighton"



Performance Shortform Improv Comedy Showcase

29th November 2017 @ 8:00PM

Performance Shortform Improv Comedy showcase for friends and family of this incredible class. Come and see how they grown as improvisers over the last 8 weeks.

About Maydays

We are The Maydays, an award-winning improvised comedy company with bases in Brighton and London. We offer brilliant, acclaimed performances and life-changing tuition in improvised comedy - the creation of scenes and songs in the moment with the power to make people laugh, cry and think.



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Love and Information

6th-7th December 2017 @ 8:00PM

Someone sneezes. Someone can't get a signal. Someone won't answer the door. Someone put an elephant on the stairs. Someone's not ready to talk. Someone is her brother's mother. Someone hates irrational numbers. Someone told the police. Someone got a message from the traffic light. Someone's never felt like this before.

In this fast moving kaleidoscope, more than a hundred characters try to make sense of what they know.


The Foundry Group

The Ministry of Biscuits

Philip Reeve & Brian Mitchell

23rd November-30th December 2017 @ 7:30PM (some matinees)

Stop! Think before you eat that biscuit! Is it in any way fancy? If so, then you are a criminal!

London, 1948 – The Ministry of Biscuits casts its sinister shadow over every tea-time and elevenses in the land. Established to “control biscuits, and to control the idea of biscuits,” it prohibits decadent sweetmeats, such as the Gypsy Cream. But when Cedric Hobson, a junior designer, falls in love and designs a biscuit to “shake confectionery to its very foundations,” his world – and the ministry – are turned upside down.


Ghost Stories for Christmas

16th-17th December 2017 @ 8:00PM

The original Brighton "Ghost Stories for Christmas", now in its fifth year, returns to The Lantern for a night where storytelling meets theatre in a dalliance with the macabre. 

We are honoured to announce that this year's production features stories by two of the undisputed masters of the genre Ramsey Campbell and Stephen King, as well as a terrifying tale from up and coming talent John Paul Fitch and, of course, a classic from the father of the modern ghost story M.R. James.


New Writers, New Plays: Staged Readings

9th February 2018 @ 8:00PM

A night of performed readings of brand new plays created by students from the ACT Playwriting Course.

Introduced by Course Leader, Actor and Playwright, Mark Burgess.