As the nation looks forward to a brighter summer, Eastbourne Theatres invites everyone through its venue doors to rediscover great drama, joyful music, friendship, laughter, and encourages you to try something new.

July begins with a socially distanced live show from punk-pop high priestess Toyah (2 July) kicking off a hot summer of live music acts – West Coast Country Rock band the Illegal Eagles bring the very best from the Eagles’ catalogue of classics including Hotel California, Desperado and Take It Easy (10 August), BAFTA award-winning entertainer Jane McDonald reclaims the stage 13 August with live band and backing singers in her Let the Light In Tour and experience the UK’s longest running musical theatre concert tour Beyond the Barricade this August (14 August). If swings your thing the Len Philips orchestra, regulars on BBC Radio 2 and Jazz FM, celebrate a century of swing from Duke Ellington and Count Basie to Michael Bublé and Harry Connick Jr. (22 August) and Rumours of Fleetwood Mac bring a night of pop-rock on 26 August. September shows include That’ll Be the Day (9 September), Sixties Gold (11 September), Elvis tribute The King is Back (16 September), Go West & T’Pau (17 September) and Joe Brown (29 September).

Do you hear comedy calling you? Start your summer with guaranteed smiles as the famous fictional drama group Cornley Polytechnic present the hilariously haphazard Magic Goes Wrong (3 – 8 August). This latest award-winning comedy drama from the Mischief Theatre company is in association with world-class magicians Penn & Teller! (Warning: this show contains real magic done brilliantly as well as eye-wateringly wrong and is not for children under 11 years). The show that started it all for Mischief, The Play That Goes Wrong also heads to Eastbourne (30 August – 4 September) following previous sell-out successes. Enjoy stand-up with Jongleurs Laugh Out Loud hosted by Sean Williamson (21 August) and more big names including Rob Brydon (10 September) and Jon Richardson (25 September).

Taking it outdoors are local amateur dramatics company EODS who present classic Shakespeare The Taming of the Shrew in the atmospheric surroundings of Eastbourne’s outdoor Italian Gardens (23 July – 7 August), and new for 2021, Devonshire Quarter is delighted to host the world premiere of a specially written piece of music to be performed outdoors on the rooftop of the Congress Theatre – experience Music for Rooftops created by Eastbourne composer Clive Whitburn, and performed by internationally acclaimed Onyx Brass on 28 August.

Families can include the magic of theatre in their summer plans with the brand-new Dragons and Mythical Beasts (21-22 July) from the creators of Dinosaur Live. Discover the colossal Stone Troll, the mysterious Indrik and Japanese Baku, the Tooth Fairy (not as sweet as you would think) and who doesn’t need to meet an adorable unicorn right now!? 

Magic fans too young for the ‘Goes Wrong’ version can delight in Sooty’s Magic Show (21 August) as Sooty, Sweep and Soo perform impossible tricks and side-splitting jokes and Classic TV character Fireman Sam invites youngsters to come along to Pontypandy and watch the adventures unfold as the circus visits Pontypandy (27 August).

Theatre is just getting started! Check out more about these shows and find out what other great entertainment is coming your way in 2021/22 at eastbournetheatres.co.uk. The doors are open, venture in.