Wondering what do over the next seven days? Here are ten of the best events.
1. Santa’s Little Trolls.
The award-winning puppet company Pickled Image present Santa’s Little Trolls at Worthing’s Connaught Theatre from December 21-23. A spokesperson said: “Jeremy really loves Christmas. All he wants is for each Christmas to be perfect; mince pies, stockings, mistletoe and especially lots and lots of snow. But, who exactly brings the snow? Santa? Rudolph? Jack Frost? No, it’s the one job left in the heavy hands of the Trolls of Winter.” Tickets cost £12.50. Call 01903 206206.
The Eastbourne 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 (fresh from West End hit Eugenius) as Cinderella, and Katherine Glover as Prince Charming. Tickets for Cinderella are priced from £14.50. Call 01323 412 000.
3. Thank You for The Music – The tribute to ABBA.
December 21, £25, 7.45pm, Worthing Assembly Hall, 01903 206 206. This smash-hit tribute show brings all of ABBA’s number one hits to the stage. It combines the popular harmonies, with some colourful costumes and dazzling performances by an all-star cast that’ll have you thanking ABBA for the music once again. You can expect all the hits including ‘Waterloo’, ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Super Trouper’, ‘Mamma Mia’ and ‘Gimme,Gimme, Gimme’.
4. The Kondoms Khristmas Party.
Saturday, December 22. Bar from 4.30pm, doors from 8pm, live music from 9pm, Lewes Con Club, 139 High Street, Lewes, 01273 473076. Popular indie/rock band The Kondoms bring their annual festive bash back to the Con Club. The Lewes-based musicians invite fans to come along and have a rocking good time with them. Find out more about the band at www.thekondoms.co.uk or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thekondoms.
5. The Con Club All-Stars.
Plus Christmas Draw. December 23, 3.30pm-7.30pm, free entry, Lewes Con Club, 01273 473076. This is the final ‘Sundays in the Bar’ gig of 2018. There will be a main band featuring John Marsh (guitar), Kate Turvey (vocals), Pete Messer (harmonica), David Bott (keyboards) and Paul Andrew (percussion), plus singer Kev Whatley. There will also be performances from the Contenders, the reformed Koils, Martian Jim, The Odd Couple, the Five o’Clock Shadows and more.
6. The Snowman and Peter and the Wolf.
Christmas Eve, £10-£18.50, 12.30/3pm, Brighton Dome, 01273 709709. A spokesperson said: “This double bill of family favourites starts with Prokofiev’s introduction to the instruments of the orchestra, told through the brave boy Peter’s quest to capture a hungry wolf. Then the classic Christmas film The Snowman shown on the big screen, with Howard Blake’s famous score, including the song ‘Walking in the Air’, performed by a live orchestra.”
7. Long Nose Puppets present Out of the Hat.
Until December 30, Brighton Komedia, 0845 293 8480. A spokesperson said: “When Doris and Delilah wake up to find something strange and sparkly has fallen from the sky, they are inspired to put on the world’s greatest magic show. But how do you make real magic happen? What ingredients do you need? Along the way they encounter some fabulous characters; a transformative moth, a giant singing frog, an artistic spider and a sassy glow-worm who all help to create their dream.”
8. Nellie Limelight and the Oysters of Time.
Until January 2, Theatre Royal, Brighton, 0844 871 7650. A funny, enchanting, seasonal adventure for four-to-seven year-olds. A spokesperson said: “When theatre detective Nellie Limelight receives an anonymous call for help she sets out to investigate and uncovers a story of stolen jewels, panto villains, a broken time machine and a misplaced sea creature! This magical tale unfolds as you follow intrepid investigator Nellie around Theatre Royal.”
9. Keep It Cash – Johnny Cash Tribute.
Thursday, December 27, 7.30pm, £17, Komedia, 44-47 Gardner Street, Brighton 0845 293 8480, www.komedia.co.uk/brighton. The UK’s finest tribute to Johnny Cash returns to perform a two-hour set of classic Cash tunes. Expect to hear ‘Ring of Fire’, ‘Thing Called Love’, ‘Boy Named Sue’, ‘Hurt’ and many more. This has been hailed as a must-see show for any Johnny Cash fan. Plus DJ Mumbles playing rock and roll. Find out more at www.keepitcash.net.
10. The Rocky Horror Show.
Until Saturday, 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 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.”