Brighton Festival






Welcome to our coverage of the Brighton Festival which is now over for 2018.


“Brighton Festival is an annual celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and family events – taking place in venues both familiar and unusual across Brighton & Hove for three weeks every May.”

The Brighton Festival is now over for 2018. You can still access our coverage for 2018 below. We’ll be announcing the dates for 2019 soon.

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Alice Booth’s Festival Top Ten

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Our regular Brighton Festival Reviewer is Alice Booth, theatremaker, producer and arts administrator.

Here is Alice’s Brighton Festival Top Ten for 2018…


A House Repeated

Sun 6 – Fri 11 May

Brighton Dome Founders Room

Come in. Sit down. Explore.



Wed 9 – Sat 12 May

Theatre Royal Brighton

Adam is the remarkable true story of a young transgender man


The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk

Wed 9 – Sat 12 May

Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

An extraordinary love story, tracing the life of Marc and Bella


The Arms of Sleep

Fri 11 – Sun 13 May

Firle Riding School

A magical overnight experience in the grounds of Firle Place



Sun 13 – Mon 14 May

The Basement

Take a fresh look at history’s greatest underdog, Joan of Arc



Tue 15 May

The Hat at The Warren

A powerful exploration of revenge and the politics of destruction


NoFit State: Lexicon

Thu 3 – Mon 14 May

Hove Lawns

Dazzling production Lexicon is a daring, seductive, modern take on circus


A Piece of 2

Sat 5 – Wed 9 May

Beach Level by the i360

Awe-inspiring outdoor performance of epic proportions!


The Tempest

Thu 24 – Sat 26 May

Brighton Open Air Theatre

Join The Lord Chamberlain’s Men for Shakespeare’s spellbinding The Tempest


Brighton Festival Newswire





16 Feb – Brighton Festival chief executive: Working together is the best way to secure the future of the arts (The Argus)

15 Feb – Festival Highlights Revealed (The Argus)

15 Feb – Brighton Festival publishes full programme today (Brighton & Hove News)


4 Oct – David Shrigley announced as Brighton Festival guest director for 2018 (The Stage)

4 Oct – David Shrigley to be next Brighton Festival guest director (Brighton & Hove News)