The wait is finally over! Audiences are being welcomed back to Eastbourne’s beloved grand dame of all Eastbourne Theatres, the beautiful Grade II listed The Devonshire Park Theatre from this October.
Dubbed affectionately ‘the playhouse in the park,’ the range of work presented at the theatre includes major touring productions, smaller works from local producers and in-house pantomime, plays and musicals and opens this autumn with a season which promises a selection of perfect diversions from drama to chilling ghost stories.
When theatre curtains across the country fell last March, Original Theatre Company were just about to take to the Devonshire Park stage with Alan Bennett’s The Habit of Art and Eastbourne Theatre’s are pleased that the curtain will rise with another Original Theatre Company production, The Hound of the Baskervilles, 26 – 30 October! A hit in the West End this ingenious adaptation from Lotte Wakeman combines an exhilarating collision of farce, theatrical invention, and wonderfully comic performances to offer a brand-new twist on the greatest Sir Arthur Conan Doyle detective story of all time. Something familiar, with a fresh feel, to re-open an iconic venue!
A great season of drama follows with Adrian Lukis in Being Mr.Wickham, 4 – 6 November (having starred in the renowned BBC TV adaptation of Pride and Prejudice Adrian returns to the role of Mr Wickham ready to set the record straight and deliver his own version of some very famous literary events!), Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffier’s The Smeds and The Smoos, 15 – 17 November, an interplanetary adventure for everyone aged 3 and up from the people who brought you The Gruffalo on stage, and eerie horror Sleepy Hollow, 23 – 27 November with Wendi Peters and Bill Ward, where residents spin tall tales of legends and unsightly entities, but who can tell truth from nightmare?
Delightedly, the highly anticipated Eastbourne Theatre’s Devonshire Park legendary pantomime completes the season and will be bigger, better and more bonkers than ever! This year Sleeping Beauty will truly be a dream of a pantomime for all the family this Christmas from 10 December 2021 – 9 January 2022, a spectacular show full of music, laughter, amazing special effects, and plenty of new surprises.
Visit eastbournetheatres.co.uk to find out more or call Box Office on 01323 412000. Memories await!