Four great shows to see in the Eastbourne area

Wondering what to do over the next few weeks? Here are four of the best events.

Thursday, 6th February 2020, 12:53 pm
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. The Shirelles. Photo by Helen Maybanks

Tempestuous passions and dark secrets in Jane Eyre

Blackeyed Theatre brings its international tour of Nick Lane’s adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre to the Devonshire Park Theatre from March 5-7.

Tickets cost £17-£24.50 (discounts available) from 01323 412000. The show starts at 7.45pm with a 2.30pm Saturday matinee.

A spokesperson said: “A Gothic masterpiece of tempestuous passions and dark secrets, Jane Eyre tells the thrilling story of an orphan and her journey from a childhood of loneliness and cruelty to a life at Thornfield Hall and an unlikely relationship with the mysterious Mr Rochester. Her newfound happiness is threatened by hidden pasts in the gloomy, forbidding Thornfield Hall and a terrible secret forces her to make a heart-wrenching choice. This production is a captivating account of one woman’s quest for equality in a patriarchal society. In spite of terrible hardships, Jane perseveres in order to define her own life, rather than it being defined for her by others.”

Stirring soul and Motown memories in new stage show

Soultown USA offers the authoritative story of soul and Motown in a brand new stage show spectacular.

The concert will be at the Royal Hippodrome Theatre on Thursday, February 13 (7.30pm).

Tickets cost £24 from the box office on 01323 802020.

A spokesperson said: “Taking you right back to where it all began – the R ’n’ B hits of the late ’50s – on to ’60s Detroit, ’70s Philly and beyond. Return to time when Ike and Tina Turner were rolling on a river, The Spinners were still working their way back and the world held on for Sam and Dave. There’ll be no hurrying The Supremes and your Motown memories as the tracks of Smokey Robinson’s tears are well and truly retraced.”

Come along to Community Wise to see two great acts

Two popular acts from the old Under Ground Theatre offer another Saturday morning of songs on February 29 at Community Wise in Old Town.

The free event begins at 10am, courtesy of dynamic duo R’n’R (aka Richard Walder on tea-chest bass) and Ron Turner (guitar).

People can look forward to songs featuring superb musicianship and breathtaking harmony, like ‘Last Thing on my Mind’, ‘The Night They Drove Ol’ Dixie Down’ and ‘Funny how Time Slips away’.

After a coffee break the show continues with comedy-song legend John Cave.

Coffee, tea and biscuits will be available as soon as the doors open at 9.30am.

New stand-up from Mouth of the South Rob Beckett

Cheeky chappie Rob Beckett brings his hilarious new stand-up show Wallop! to Eastbourne’s Congress Theatre on Saturday, February 22 (8pm).

Tickets cost £25 on 01323 412000.

At the end of 2019 and start of 2020, Rob presented Rob Beckett’s Savage Socials on E4, which took a look at the latest memes, digital blunders and celebrity socials from the previous week. Rob has also been hosting Head Hunters on BBC One and in 2019 he hosted the Royal Variety Performance.

Rob has also appeared on BBC One’s Live At The Apollo and Would I Lie To You?.

An interview with Baxter Dury head of Hastings Fat Tuesday’s launch night. Click here to read more.

Inspiring workshops with Claire Martin and Guy Chambers: Hastings International Piano Festival. Click here to read more.

From ordinary girl to chart-topping legend: Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. Click here to read more.