January highlights - what to do this month

Sussex Life - January 2014 cover

Sussex Life - January 2014 cover - Credit: Archant

The definitive guide to the best things to do in Sussex this month

14-18 January - The Pride

7.45pm. The Pride is Alexi Kaye Campbell’s hilarious and heart-felt landmark play about courage, compassion and the fear of loneliness in life’s journey towards self-discovery. Age guidance 16+. Thur and Sat Matinees 2.30pm. Tickets: £11.90-£37.90.

Theatre Royal, Brighton: 0844 871 7650


15 January - Circus of Horrors - London after Midnight

7.30pm. From sword swallowers to dare devil balancing acts, from hair hangers to demon dwarfs, from a pickled person to astounding ariel acts, The Circus of Horrors presents what is undoubtedly its greatest show to date. Tickets: £16-£26.

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Congress Theatre, Eastbourne: 01323 412000


17-25 January - Old Times - By Harold Pinter

Married couple Kate and Deeley are visited by an old friend of Kate’s from 20 years ago. As the characters reminisce about their respective and collective pasts, rivalries emerge in which memory becomes a weapon in a battle for domination through the characters’ attempts to impose the veracity of their interpretation of past events according to the psychological and strategic needs of the present.

A haunting elegy to lost youth and hope, the play examines the point at which memory merges into spontaneous creation and how the past is always inescapably present. Tickets: £9-£10.

New Venture Theatre, Brighton: 01273 746118


19 January - Pooches on the Prom

The Martlets Hospice’s four-legged mascot, Buster, is calling on the City’s dogs to join him on the Martlets first ever sponsored dog walk. Pooches on the Prom will take place on Brighton seafront at 11am on Sunday 19 January. Dogs of all shapes and sizes are invited to join Buster and help him raise money for patient care.

The walk will start at the Hove Lawn Café and there are two routes (to the pier or Madeira Drive and back) depending on how energetic the dogs and their owners are feeling. All the pooches taking part will be rewarded at the end with a doggy treat and a medal.

To be part of the Hospice’s first ever sponsored dog walk contact Clem on 01273 747455 or visit www.themartlets.org.uk.


19 January - Devil’s Dyke - Wolstonbury in winter

10am-1pm: A guided walk exploring the woods and ancient downland of this enigmatic hill. Wolstonbury Hill is one of the most remarkable hills on the South Downs. Here you will discover ancient beech trees, a mysterious history and a bizarre lunar landscape created by billions of ants. All tickets £3. For more information contact Graham Wellfare, tel: 01273 857712, graham.wellfare@nationaltrust.org.uk.


20-25 January - Happy Days: A New Musical

7.45pm. Join your favourite ‘50s family, the Cunninghams and the rest of the gang - Potsie, Ralph Malph, Joanie and Chachi as they battle to save their beloved diner Arnold’s from demolition. In a race against time, can everyone’s favourite hero ‘The Fonz’ save the day? Thur and Sat Matinees 2.30pm. Tickets £13.90-£40.90.

Theatre Royal, Brighton: 0844 871 7650


22 January-2 February - Robin Cousins’ ICE - The Skating Stage Experience

Olympic champion and head judge on ITV’s Dancing on Ice, Robin Cousins has hand-picked the greatest ice skaters from around the globe to bring his incredible new production to life.

Dynamic and atmospheric Robin Counsins’ ICE will draw you into its unique world, where world-class skaters glide, soar, flip and fly in a truly theatrical setting.

The show is not an adaptation of a ballet, or borrowed from the world of musical theatre. There are no judges, just the audience. It is a show where the choreography is driven by the music, where the movement has room to breathe, and the skaters can let their blades do the talking. Times vary. Tickets: £11.25-£42.50.

Brighton Centre, King’s Road, Brighton: 0844 847 1538


24 January - Anton Du Beke: Ballroom to Broadway

7.30pm. Featuring memorable dances alongside sensational new choreography, timeless tunes and strictly dazzling costumes to conjure up the elegance of Ballroom at its best and the unmissable razzle dazzle of Broadway. With special guest Summer Strallen. Tickets: £27.50-£39.50.

The Dome, Brighton: 01273 709709


25 January - Honor Blackman

7.30pm. Honor Blackman has had a career on stage, television and in films that extends over sixty years. She is marking this achievement by launching a new show in which she simply appears as herself.

In conversation with director Richard Digby Day, Honor Blackman tells stories of her childhood, growing up during the Second World War, her rise to stardom, her leather-clad triumph in The Avengers, and her casting as Pussy Galore in Goldfinger. Tickets: £14.50.

Connaught Theatre, Worthing: 01903 206206


25-26 January - RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

To take part, people are asked to spend just one hour at any time of Big Garden Birdwatch weekend noting the highest number of each bird species seen in their gardens or local outside space at any one time. For more information visit www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch.


27 January-1 February - The Perfect Murder - By Peter James

7.45pm. As a young detective, Roy Grace starts to investigate his very first homicide case. Dark forces intervene and Grace begins to fear that nothing is quite as it seems. Starring Les Dennis, Claire Goose, Gray O’Brien, Steven Miller and Simona Armstrong. Thur and Sat Matinees. Tickets £11.90-£37.90.

Theatre Royal, Brighton: 0844 871 7650


30 January - The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

7.30pm. Anarchic, funny, virtuosic, thought-provoking and mind blowing, the UOGB’s crash through popular music. Tickets: £21.

The Hawth, Crawley: 01293 553636


30 January - Introduction to the Night Skies of Sussex at Seven Sisters Country Park

6.30pm-9pm. Sussex Wildlife Trust and Viewpoint Optics are joining together to reveal the beauty of the night skies across Sussex. Includes indoor introductory talk followed by a walk outside to have the constellations explained in all their glory and to discover how birds navigate using the stars. SWT members £12, non-members £15. Booking essential. For further information tel: 01273 497561 or visit www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/courses.


31 January and 1 February - An Evening with Lady Montagu - A Magichour Theatre Production

The Pelham House Hotel, St Andrew’s Lane, Lewes.

7.45pm. Aristocrat, author, poet, traveller and feminist. Hear her account of her “life and travel to Constantinople, Venice and the Italian Lakes”. The entertainment in this year, 1762, will include music by the celebrated Italian musician, Signor Roberto. Pre-theatre dinner and glass of wine at hotel £15. To book tel: 01273 488600.

All proceeds to Martlets Hospice. Tickets £15, available from tel: 01273 964200 or email: Antonia@themartletshospice.co.uk