Thrills, mysteries and laughter on Eastbourne stages this autumn

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It’s still the middle of summer but Eastbourne Theatres are already announcing shows for autumn.

At the Devonshire Park Theatre the season opens with a new production of Sherlock Holmes – The Scandal of the Scarlet Woman (September 30 - October 4).

The world’s most famous detective meets the world’s most dangerous woman.

Things take a sinister turn with an all-star cast in a J.B Priestley’s thriller Dangerous Corner (October 6-11). From the author of An Inspector Calls, this production features Michael Praed (Robin of Sherwood, Dynasty) and Colin Buchanan (Dalziel and Pascoe).

The chills continue with the stage adaptation of the Peter James book The Perfect Murder (October 13-18). This comedy thriller is the first in the popular Roy Grace series and is based in Brighton, with Robert Daws (The Royal), Dawn Steele (Wild at Heart), Gray O’Brien (Coronation Street) and Thomas Howes (Downton Abbey).

Pitcairn (November 4-8) comes to Eastbourne direct from Chichester Festival Theatre. This play from Richard Bean, author of One Man, Two Guvnors, follows Fletcher Christian and crew after the famous mutiny on the Bounty. An idyllic modern society of equals in the remote Pitcairn island turns from a new Eden into brutal dystopia.

Woman in Black writer Susan Hill’s The Small Hand (November 10-15) comes to the Devonshire Park in a chilling and haunting new production.

Over at The Congress Theatre the variety of shows on offer is vast, from operas with Ellen Kent’s Madama Butterfly (September 26) and Verdi’s Rigoletto (September 27) to Rock ’n’ Roll Heaven (September 29 - October 4), which features a dream line-up.

Comedienne Dawn French (October 9) also makes an appearance and the United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra perform on October 21.

Musical highlights in the Congress season have to be the classic Bee Gee’s musical, Saturday Night Fever (December 8 – 13) and, of course, Dirty Dancing (January 13 - 24), the classic story on stage.

For more information, to book tickets or to ensure that you receive a new copy of the autumn brochure call the box office on 01323 412000.

People can also log on to www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk.