What’s on - December 5 2014



Brighton Dome (01273) 709709: Alan Davies, 8pm Dec 6.

Komedia, 44-47 Gardner Street 0845 293 8480: The Maydays: Oh Boy! The Quantum Leap Show, 8pm Dec 5; Bent Double, 7.30pm Dec 7; Lee Nelson Suited and Booted: National Tour Warm-Up, 7.30pm Dec 8; Charity Chuckle, 8pm Dec 9; Joanna Neary vs Dyball & Kerr, Office Christmas Party, 7.30pm Dec 9; Krater Christmas Party, Dec 10-13.

Laughing Horse at The Quadrant, 12 North Street (01273) 733238: Big Saturday Night comedy Show with Sarah Bennetto, Paul T Eyres, Dave Bailey, Ian Miller, Sam Stone and Compere Dave Chowner, 8.30pm Dec 6.


Con Club, 139 High Street (01273) 473076: Comedy Night Christmas Special, 8pm Dec 11.



St Andrew’s Church: Lewes Choir Pro Musica, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols, 6pm Dec 7.


St Mary’s Church: A Celebration of Christmas in Music and Painting. An afternoon with Janet Canetty-Clarke. Sit down in the company of this inspiring musician and enjoy the many colours associated with Christmas, colours seen in the paintings and heard in the music that glorify the Christmas story. £7 (including refreshments). Tickets from Threads on 01444 811372 or on the door. All proceeds to St Mary’s Church, 3pm, Dec 7; ‘Rejoice and be merry’, Christmas candlelight concert of seasonal music and readings, with opportunities for the audience to join in with some of the traditional carols. The concert will be given by the English Arts Chorale, who have performed with some of the UK’s top orchestras on the South Bank. Tickets £12 (to include mulled wine and mince pies) from www.englisharts.org, from Threads on 01444 811372 or on the door. Enquiries: 01444 811370. 4.30pm, Dec 14.


Brighton Centre 0844 8471515: Brighton and Hove School’s Christmas Concert, 7pm Dec 8; Alfie Boe, 6.30pm Dec 9.

Brighton Dome (01273) 709709: Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, 2.45pm Dec 7.


The King’s Church, 33-35 Victoria Road: Sussex Chorus, Family Carol Concert, Dec 22, 6.30pm. Conductor: Alan Vincent. Accompanist: John Walker. Tickets: £12 (students and children under 16, £3). Refreshments included in the ticket price. Available from: www.sussexchorus.org, Ticket Manager 01444 412579, www.WeGotTickets.com/SussexChorus, Burgess Hill Help Point 01444 247726.


The Royal Hippodrome (01323) 412000: Christmas with the Salvation Army, 7pm Dec 5.

Under Ground Theatre, Grove Road: Mizuki String Quartet, 2.45pm Dec 7.


Fletching Church: Catrin Finch solo harp concert, 7.30pm Dec 6. Proceeds from the concert will go to Project Refresh. Tickets, priced at £18, to include a glass of wine and a canapé in the interval, can be obtained from Andrew Wright 01825 712803 or wrightag@sky.com: or (if still available) at the door for £20.


Holy Trinity Church: Christmas with Brighton Consort, 4pm, Dec 7. A programme of seasonal choral music and readings, including works by Clemens non Papa, Francisco Guerrero, Tomas Luis de Victoria, Michael Praetorius, Benjamin Britten and Gabriel Jackson. Tickets (£12/£10) from www.brightonconsort.org.uk, or call 01273 833746. Tickets also available on the door.


Lewes Saturday Folk Club, Elephant & Castle, White Hill (01273 476757, www.lewessaturdayfolkclub.org): Brian Peters. A wonderful singer and player of melodeon, Anglo concertina and guitar, firmly rooted in Northern traditional music. £7, Dec 6; Brian Peters melodeon workshop. 10.45am to 4.45pm. Places £35, Dec 6; Brian Peters Ballad Forum, 10.45am to 4.45pm. Places £25. Dec 7; Shepherds Arise! Sussex Carols from church manuscripts and oral tradition. £6, Dec 13.

St John sub Castro Church: East Sussex Bach Choir, Haydn, Nelson Mass and the Magnificat, 7.30pm Dec 6. Tickets at Lewes Information Centre or 07759 878562 www.bachchoir.org.uk.

St Michaels Church: Pestalozzi Christmas Concert, 7.30pm Dec 10. Choir, harp and organ. Admission at the door or in advance 475172.


Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea: The Adur Concert Band, ‘Christmas at the Ropetackle 2014’. 6pm, Dec 7. Lots of rousing Christmas favourites, including carol-singing with the band. Tickets are £8 for adults and £6 for under 14s, seniors and unwaged. Tickets: 01273 464440, www.ropetacklecentre.co.uk and www.adurconcertband.org.uk.


Village Hall: Glen Chorale Christmas Concert, 2.30pm Dec 1/3. Tickets £6 from 01323 502113.



De la Warr Pavilion (01424) 229111: Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott, 7pm Dec 9.


Brighton Centre 0844 8471515: Bootleg Beatles, 6.30pm Dec 5; Madness, 2.30pm/6.30pm Dec 6; Christmas with The Rat Pack, 6.30pm Dec 10.

Brighton Dome (01273) 709709: Kele, 8pm Dec 11.

Komedia, 44-47 Gardner Street 0845 293 8480: Too Darn Soulful, 11pm Dec 5; Drill: Brighton, 7.30pm Dec 5-7; Myminidisco, Cool Music for Cool Kids, 2pm Dec 7; Saint Saviour/Bill Ryder-Jones, 7.30pm Dec 10; William D Drake, 8pm Dec 11.

Latest MusicBar, 14-17 Manchester Street (01273) 687171: Greymatter, 8pm Dec 7; Hatful of Rain, 8.30pm Dec 8; The Qukulele Christmas Special, 8.30pm Dec 10; Catalyst Club, 8pm Dec 11.

Theatre Royal 0844 871 7650: Thank You For the Music, 7.45pm Dec 6.


Eastbourne College, Old Wish Road 01323 451931: The Christmas Swing Easy, 7.30pm Dec 9.

The Royal Hippodrome (01323) 412000: Kenny Ball Jnr and His Jazzmen, 8pm Dec 6.

Under Ground Theatre, Grove Road 0845 680 1926: Barber, Taylor & Reed at the regular coffee morning, 10am-noon Dec 6.


Clayton & Keymer Royal British Legion, Woodsland Road (01273 845829, ckrbl@btconnect.com): The Courtelles. ‘60s and ‘70s band covering songs from The Who, The Beatles, The Monkeys and many more. 8.30pm to 11.30pm, Dec 6.


Con Club, 139 High Street (01273) 473076: Curst Sons, Dec 5; the Long Tall Texans, Pussycat and the Dirty Johnsons + Go Go Cult, Dec 6; Elijah Blue Trio, 3pm Dec 7.


British Legion Club, Claremont Road: Seaford Folk Club – Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou, 8pm Dec 5.



Brighton Dome (01273) 709709: Chicks on Speed – Golden Gang, Dec 8-13.

New Venture Theatre, Bedford Place (01273) 476118: The Snow Queen, Dec 5-13.

Theatre Royal 0844 871 7650: The Full Monty, 7.45pm Dec 8-13 (Thurs/Sat mat 2.30pm).

The Emporium, 88 London Road: Sleeping Beauty, Dec 5-Jan 17.


Congress Theatre (01323) 412000: Russian State Ballet and Opera House presents The Nutcracker, Dec 5/6; Saturday Night Fever, 7.30pm Dec 8-13 (Thurs/Sat mat 2.30pm).

Eastbourne College, Old Wish Road 01323 451931: Elektra, 7.30pm Dec 8-10.

The Royal Hippodrome (01323) 412000: Pantoland, 4pm Dec 7.

Under Ground Theatre, Grove Road 0845 680 1926: Open Stage Night, 7.30pm Dec 11.

Winter Garden (01323) 412000: Willingdon School of Dance present Forever England, 2.30pm/7pm Dec 7; Great Big Christmas Sing 2014, 5.30pm/7pm Dec 8/10/11.


Lewes Little Theatre, Lancaster Street (01273) 474826: The Diary of Anne Frank, 7.45pm Nov 29-Dec 6 (2.45pm mat Dec 6).


Village Hall: Newick Amateur Dramatic Society present Flare Path by Terence Rattigan, 8pm December 3-6. Box office 01825 722359 or 722985, Internet bookings barbara@terrybone.co.uk. Tickets on door or from Newick Butchers.


LEWES Archaeological Group, The Neolithic of the chalk lands, Wessex to Sussex, environmental archaeology rewrites the textbooks by Dr Mike Allen, 7.30pm Dec 5 in the Lecture Room, Lewes Town Hall (fisher Street entrance).

LEWES Riverside Club, Wildlife Ambulance Rescue by Trevor Weeks, 2pm Dec 5 at St Thomas’ Church Hall, Cliffe, Lewes.

LITTLE Chelsea and UGT Christmas Market and Music Event at Eastbourne Under Ground Theatre, below the library, Grove Road, 5.30pm-10pm Dec 5. Free entry.


ARTISTS and Makers Art Fair at Lewes Town Hall, Dec 6.

CHRISTMAS Fayre at The Swan, Lewes from noon Dec 6. Craft stalls, live music, food tastings, face painting, carol singing, street performers and more. All in aid of the Lewes Fund. Free entry.

FOR Karen, With Love. Benefit events at Latest MusicBar, 14-17 Manchester Street, Brighton. Fluffy Bird Family Funtime, 3pm-6pm; Snakepit Circus, 7.30pm Dec 6. Tickets from www.facebook.com/events/816307838431294

GUIDED Walk, Battles and Bonfires, history-based walk around Lewes. Meet outside the railway station, 11am/2pm Dec 6, 2pm Dec 7, leweswalkingtour.weebly.com 07792 645899

LEWES Farmers’ Market, Cliffe Precinct, 9am-1pm Dec 6. Fresh local produce.

LEWES Phoenix Rising Roadshow at Lewes House, 11am-3pm Dec 6, noon-3pm Dec 7, 5pm-9pm Dec 8/10. Proposals for affordable homes, employment and culture on the Phoenix Industrial Estate.

MID Sussex Ramblers, Rock and Rails, 5.25 miles with John 01444 483860. Meet at Finches Field car park, West Hoathly, 10am Dec 6.

NATIVITY Story, The Infant King, at Westgate chapel, Lewes, 7.30pm Dec 6. Carol singing followed by the Oyster Project’s drama group’s interpretation of the Nativity Story in mime and tableau. Free entry with retiring collection, booking advised at events.oysterproject.org.uk

SUSSEX Pathfinders walk, Chailey Common, 7.5 miles mainly level, woodland and fields. Meet in Chailey Common car park in Warr’s Hill Lane off the A275 north of North Chailey Village, 10.30am Dec 6.

VINTAGE Christmas at Middle Farm, Firle, 10am-4pm Dec 6/7. Vintage and bespoke gifts, a magical children’s show, swing bands and more. firlevintage@gmail.com 078858 27849.


BEACHY Head Ramblers, Nikolaus Walk, 10 miles. Meet at St Bede’s School, Meads, Eastbourne 10am Dec 7.

CAROLS on The Green, 2pm Dec 7 at Walmer Road Recreation Ground, Chyngton, Seaford. Free event.

LEWES Footpaths Group, Coleman’s Hatch, 4.5 miles with Clare 07743 472612. Meet at North Street car park, 9.30am Dec 7.

SUSSEX Pathfinders walk, Burwash, 8 miles no significant climbs. Meet in the car park next to the Bear Inn, 10.30am Dec 7.


LEWES History Group, The History of Sun Street, 7pm for 7.30pm Dec 8 at King’s Church building, Brooks Road, Lewes. www.leweshistory.org.uk.


MID Sussex Ramblers, Woodingdean, Falmer and The Downs, 10 miles with Erica (07885 595131 on the day). Meet at Drove Avenue/Falmer Road car park, Woodingdean, 10am Dec 9.

SEAFORD Lecture and Literary Club, Fossil Folklore by Ken Brooks, 7.30pm Dec 9. Taking place at St Leonard’s Church Hall, Seaford.

TEA Dance at the Winter Garden, Eastbourne 01323 412000, 2pm-5pm Dec 9.


BEACHY Head Ramblers, Christmas Walk and Lunch, 8 miles. Meet at Wilmington Priory car park, 9.30am Dec 10. Christmas lunch at the Giant’s Rest, Wilmington Village. Please email marilynnewman@hotmail to secure lunch booking.

LEWES Footpaths Group, Stroll with Bert 01273 473052. Meet at North Street car park, Lewes, 10.30am Dec 10.

SUSSEX Family History Group meeting, Mrs Beeton’s Victorian Christmas by Toni Mount, 7.30pm Dec 10 at the Ventnor Hall, Blatchington road, Hove.


LEWES National Trust Centre, The Wildlife of Lewes by Michael Blencowe at Lewes Priory School, Mountfield Road, 7.30pm, Dec 11.

POLEGATE Ramblers, Brownbread Street to Ashburnham, 5.25 miles with Howard 07766 116052; or, Pelhams, Parks and Poachers, 9 miles with Angela 504280. Meet at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, 9.30am Dec 11.