Eastbourne new season launches

Tom Conti in new Eastbourne Theatres season
Tom Conti in new Eastbourne Theatres season

Forget summer, it’s all about autumn now with a bumper new Eastbourne Theatres season about to launch.

Audiences will find available comedy, dance, music and drama set to make a night out way more enticing than a comfy seat on the sofa.

Its A Wonderful Life  CREDIT Geraint Lewis

Its A Wonderful Life CREDIT Geraint Lewis

At the Devonshire Park, September gets off to a glittering start with The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald (September 8-12). This is a brilliantly evocative interpretation of the decadent 1920’s with sumptuous live music and all the glamour you’d expect from an era obsessed with wealth and status.

Tom Conti stars in Before The Party (October 19-24) alongside Gwen Taylor, in a comedy drama set when war is over and the Skinner family is trying to return to life as normal, if only the government wasn’t such a nuisance with rationing which could badly impact on a social gathering.

After the clocks change and thoughts turn to Christmas, Frank Capra’s iconic film It’s A Wonderful Life is retold as a radio play (November 19-21), complete with sound effects created live on stage.

For the tiddlers, Scamp Theatre’s stage adaption of the Julia Donaldson story The Scarecrows’ Wedding (October 12-13) will brighten any autumn day. Suitable for ages 3+ this innovative production bursts at the seams with energy. Eternal seasonal favourite ballet The Nutcracker also returns (October 20) to delight with its traditional grace, certain to leave young ones in awe as Clara’s toys come to life.

Over at the Congress the big hit shows keep coming with a new production of Jesus Christ Superstar (September 8-12) starring Glen Carter tells the world’s oldest story with superb theatricality. The sensational smash hit The Full Monty (October 5-10) sees an all-star cast headed by Gary Lucy and the West End phenomenon Jersey Boys comes to Eastbourne (November 25 – December 5) as part of its first ever UK tour.

Factor in Jasper Carrot (September 18), Michael Palin; The Thirty Years Tour (October 3) and David Hasselhof in Last Night A DJ Saved My Life (November 14) and this is truly an eclectic season. For booking, information and brochure requests call box office on 01323 412000 or visit www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk.