Wondering what do over the next seven days? Here are ten of the best events.
December 15-23, Brighton Dome, 01273 709709. Pirates of the Carabina, the company of musicians and acrobats behind FLOWN, now take to the stage with HOME. They promise something enchanting, with an animated set and absorbing live score, as HOME delves into the fantastic lives of a neighbourhood of acrobats. Featuring vertical-swinging trapeze, never-ending ropes, a spinning carousel and a very temperamental staircase, HOME presents a playful tale about the joys of letting go.
2. East Sussex Community Choir.
December 15, 7.30pm, £15 (£5 for under 18s), Lewes Town Hall, tickets from Lewes Tourist Information Centre. The biggest choir in town presents a Christmas Cracker concert. Featuring opera star and Lewes resident Sir John Tomlinson, the choir of Wallands Primary School and world-famous trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins, the choir hopes to raise more than £2,000 for Dementia UK. Visit www.eastsussexcommunitychoir.org to find out more.
3. John Otway and His Big Band.
Dec 15, 7.30pm, Lewes Con Club, 139 High Street, Lewes, 01273 473076. Plus special guests POG. Dictionary Pudding present this traditional Lewes Christmas concert. This year has been great for John Otway and The Big Band. In January, they celebrated 25 years together as a band without a line-up change and Otway took the band, followed by a group of his dedicated fanbase, over to Barcelona where they performed the 25th anniversary show.
4. Cockney Rejects.
December 16, 7.30pm, £22, Lewes Con Club. The Cockney Rejects exploded onto the punk rock scene in 1979. A spokesperson said: “These four kids from London’s East End were battle hardened veterans of the streets, smoky boxing clubs, and West Ham’s bearpit terraces, with experiences beyond their tender years. They were the first and original band to weld driving rock rhythms to terrace singalongs, and they crashed out of the East End like a demented freight train.”
5. Suspiciously Elvis Christmas Special.
Tuesday, December 18, 6pm, £24 (cabaret seating ticket with meal £49), Komedia, Brighton, 0845 293 8480. A spokesperson said: “Eat, drink, dance and worship at the altar of the King of Rock ’n’ Roll with a themed Christmas night to remember. Ivor Potter is Suspiciously Elvis, an act that simply blows other similar tributes out of the water.” The concert features a six-piece band and backing singers who will re-create one of Elvis’ Vegas era shows.
6. Krater Christmas Party.
Komedia, 44-47 Gardner Street, Brighton 0845 293 8480. Friday, December 14: Laura Lexx, Marcus Birdman, MC Stephen Grant. December 15: Laura Lexx, Marcus Birdman, MC Stephen Grant. December 19: Ben Norris, Zoe Lyons, MC Stephen Grant. This is a special festive version of the Krater Comedy Club that includes a three-course Christmas meal, two top stand-up acts and a compere, plus dancing to the biggest party anthems until late.
7. The Rocky Horror Show.
Until January 5, Theatre Royal Brighton, 0844 871 7650. The Rocky Horror Show is the big Christmas event at Brighton’s Theatre Royal this year. A spokesperson said: “The Rocky Horror Show tells the story of Brad and his fiancée Janet, two squeaky clean college kids who meet Dr Frank’n’Furter by chance when their car breaks down outside his house while on their way to visit their former college professor. It is an adventure they’ll never forget, with fun, frivolity and frolics.”
8. The Rowland Singers.
Thursday, December 20, £10, 7.30pm, Assembly Hall, Stoke Abbott Road, Worthing, 01903 206206. Visit worthingtheatres.co.uk. The Rowland Singers Choral Society offers an evening of festive music. The choir will be performing a mix of Christmas songs (old and new) and aim to get your feet tapping to the music. This year’s very special guests will be the versatile Worthing Steel Pan Band. Find out more about the group at www.rowlandsingers.co.uk.
9. Five Star Swing at Christmas.
Thursday, December 20, 7.30pm, £14-£16, Clair Hall, Haywards Heath, 01444 455440. This is a thrilling concert featuring Five Star Swing, as seen at London’s Leicester Square Theatre and the BBC’s Children in Need. All your favourite Christmas tunes will be given the big band treatment, with Glenn Miller, Sinatra, Basie and Nat King Cole all jazzing up those jingle bells. Visit www.placesleisure.org/centres/clair-hall to find out more or purchase tickets online.
Eastbourne’s panto runs until January 13. It stars funnyman Tucker as Buttons and Martyn Knight as one half of the ugliest sisters. Scott St. Martyn makes his Eastbourne debut as Floribunda Hardup. Impressionist Hilary O’Neil takes the tiara as Fairy Godmother with Laura Baldwin as Cinderella, and Katherine Glover – who many will recognise as Dick from last years’ Dick Whittington – as Prince Charming. Tickets £14.50 on 01323 412 000.