Venue Focus: The Rialto Theatre Brighton





1 Dyke Road, Brighton BN1 3FE

Box Office: 01273 725230

The Rialto has firmly established itself as a theatre venue in Brighton, with a diverse programme year-round, and a packed programme of comedy, cabaret, literature and theatre in May.

Locally produced work, touring shows and plenty of new writing abound this Fringe.

Rialto Theatre Brighton walks and talks Fringe theatre, not just in May but year round. In some ways it is a full blooded fringe space offering proper quality mainstream theatre across genres in a decent fringe venue but also is co-creating the heart of new writing and theatre making in the city and the region, with its own in-house production company, Pretty Villain, its scratch programme and performances, and uts newly offered drama courses.

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AUDIO INTERVIEW: Paul Levy talks to Roger Kay and Lauren Varnfield from The Rialto Theatre Brighton


I want to see … at The Rialto Theatre

  Earnest & Wilde: Let's Face the Music (and Franz)

Our easy, intuitive way to find a show at The Rialto Theatre at Brighton Fringe.

I want to see…

… A FringeReview  award-winner show. Then see Earnest and Wilde: Let’s Face the Music (and Franz)

… a mixture of theatre, cabaret and drag about Marlene Dietrich. Then see Dietrich: Natural Duty

… Edith Piaf. Then see Edith Piaf Live at Nimegue

… a black comedy. Then see Four Thieves Vinegar

… some Argus Angel-winning comedy theatre. Then see Tnose Magnificent Men

… some satirical theatre. Then see Work Makes You Free by Michael Ross

… some award-winning solo theatre. Then see Mengele

… some immersive theatre. Then see Les Zazou!

… a Harold Pinter play. Then see Betrayal by Harold Pinter

… a solo theatre piece about twelve influential males from the Twentieth Century. Then see Icons

… some new writing from a locally based theatre company. Then see Further Education

… some improvised Shakespeare. Then see Impromptu Shakespeare

… some theatre, a highly physical adaptation of Tolstoy’s lesser known masterpiece. Then see The Death of Ivan Ilyich

… some biographical theatre about TV presenter, the influential Bill Grundy. Then see After Today

… a late musical comedy show, something unique, a multimedia frenzy featuring live scares and unforgettable songs. Then see Cinebra: A History of Horror

… an acclaimed solo play about a serial killer. Then see Myra

… some political clown theatre. Then see Brexit

We’ll be adding more recommendations in the run up to, and during the Fringe.

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Here’s a different way to find a show at The Rialto Theatre

We’ve chosen a few intriguing images from the programme that grabbed us.

Click on an image that draws you and you’ll find a show – then get booking…



We’ll be adding more recommendations in the run up to, and during the Fringe.

Keyword Chaos

 Ross & Rachel

takes to the stage to fight the war her way with an irresistible mix of songs, sex and sympathy.

A one-day-old male mosquito looks forward to joining the mile-high club. He invites you to donate a sip of your blood to nurture his children. But there’s a war on and the most dangerous species on earth is dying by the million. Can science stop the carnage?

a drowning man meets a mysterious woman who cajoles, questions and flatters him into defending the indefensible.”

Young Captain George Hotson is feeling the intense strain and the isolation of his new command. But he’s about to find solace in an encounter with a fugitive called Leggatt – a handsome and enigmatic stranger with blood on his hands.

What happens when two friends who were always meant to be together, get and stay together? No one told them life was gonna be this way.

But soon the carefree indulgence must end as the Nazis smash their way to power.”

Four lives intertwine over the course of four and a half years in this densely-plotted, stinging look at modern love and betrayal.

We’ve selected evocative phrases from the The Rialto Theatre programme.

Click on the ones that intrigue you and you might just find the show you need to see…

We’ll be adding more recommendations in the run up to, and during the Fringe.