Preview: September in the Rain at Brighton Theatre Royal

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Claire Sweeney and John Thomson star in this heartwarming, bittersweet comedy gem, written and directed by the Olivier Award-winning John Godber, which visits Theatre Royal Brighton from Monday, October 7, to Saturday, October 12.

Considered a master of observational comedy, John Godber’s classic September In The Rain was inspired by his parents’ holidays to Blackpool during the golden era of the British seaside.

September In The Rain charts the life of Yorkshire couple Jack and Liz, told through their annual summer holiday jaunt across the Pennines to Blackpool, which has been a ritual for over 40 years.

It’s the age of donkey rides, talent contests, saucy postcards, stripy deckchairs, ice cream, rolled-up trousers and knotted hankies.

Jack and Liz dip in and out of time together, recalling their first holiday as newlyweds to their last, sharing memories filled with tears and laughter, fish and chips and wet and windy promenades in September. 

Claire Sweeney stars as Liz. Claire is one of the country’s theatre and television favourites with recent credits including a national tour of Educating Rita with Matthew Kelly, Tell Me on a Sunday and Legally Blonde.

John Thomson stars as Jack. His television credits include the comedy classics Cold Feet and The Fast Show as well as Coronation Street and Waterloo Road. September In The Rain will be his first UK tour.

John Godber is considered a master of observational comedy and his plays have won numerous awards including and an Olivier and 7 Los Angeles Critics Circle Awards.

He is one of the most performed playwrights in the English language.

His plays include: Bouncers, Up ‘n’ Under, April in Paris, Teechers, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Cramp, Happy Jack, September in the Rain, Salt of the Earth, Passion Killers, Happy Families, Up ‘n’ Under ll, Gym & Tonic, Dracula, Lucky Sods, Hooray for Hollywood, Weekend Breaks, It Started With A Kiss, Unleashed, Thick As A Brick, Big Trouble in Little Bedroom, Season In The Sun, on A Night Like This, Our House, Departures, Men of the World, Reunion, Screaming Blue Murder, Black Ties & Tales, Perfect Pitch Going Dutch, Christmas Crackers and Crown Prince.

Show information

Evenings: 7.45pm, Thursday and Saturday matinees: 2.30pm.

To book tickets call 0844 871 7650 or log on to (both subject to a booking fee).

Tickets cost £10 - £25.