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Things to do in Sussex this month

PUBLISHED: 10:59 30 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:59 30 January 2018

The Kite Runner at devonshire Park Theatre (Photo by Irina Chira)

The Kite Runner at devonshire Park Theatre (Photo by Irina Chira)


We round up some of the best events and things to do across Sussex this month


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Portraits by Oliver Messel - Now until 3 June

Nymans, Handcross

11am-3.30pm. In the Nymans gallery this winter is an exhibition featuring a varied selection of Oliver Messel’s portraiture. Widely revered for his groundbreaking theatre design, Oliver Messel was also a prolific portrait painter. Exhibits include intimate portraits of famous friends and family members. Normal admission applies.


Gus Cummins: Off The Wall - 27 January-15 April

Jerwood Gallery, Hastings

An expansive retrospective of the work of Royal Academician and contemporary artist, Gus Cummins.

Jerwood Gallery’s show will trace Cummins’ early work, much of which is remarkably small, to his latest pieces, monumental in size and theme. They reveal Cummins’ fascination with a technique that both he and artist Marcus Harvey refer to as “two and a half D” – works that stand out from the canvas.


Annual Art Sale - 27 January-24 February

Green Tree Gallery, Borde Hill Garden, Haywards Heath

The Annual Art Sale is the traditional start to the gallery’s year and 2018 marks the start of their tenth birthday celebrations. Regular artists are selling their work at greatly reduced prices, including paintings, sculptures, glasswork, jewellery and ceramics.

To celebrate its birthday, the gallery is supporting Sussex children’s hospice Chestnut Tree House throughout 2018. As well as donating ten per cent of takings on the opening day of the sale to the hospice (and on all 2018 exhibition launch days), the gallery is also planning a series of fundraising events.


Natural Selection - 2 February-22 April

Towner Gallery, Eastbourne

An exhibition of new work created by emerging British artist Andy Holden and his father Peter Holden, one of the UK’s leading ornithologists. From the building of nests to the collecting of eggs, Natural Selection explores connections between ornithology and art and offers different ways of thinking about what constitutes nature, collaboration and parental influence.



American Masterpieces - 2 February

Worthing Symphony Orchestra, Assembly Hall, Worthing

Bernstein Candide Overture | Barber Essay No 1 | Gershwin Piano Concerto | William Alwyn Penn of Pennsylvania – suite | Bernstein West Side Story – Symphonic Dances. 7.30pm. Gershwin’s Piano Concerto features the pianist Poom Prommachart, winner of the second Sussex International Piano Competition, as soloist. Tickets: £19, £25, £28, 16-25 £6, under 16s £1.


Dear Esther Live - 2 February

The Dome, Brighton

8pm. A deserted Hebridean landscape; memories of a fatal crash; a book written by a dying man . Explore a haunting, deserted island shrouded in mystery in a live performance of the video game Dear Esther.

With the play-through of the game onscreen accompanied by live narration and a live performance of BAFTA-winning composer Jessica Curry’s powerful score, the story of the acclaimed video game is brought to life as a performative work. Tickets: £15, £18.50, under 26s £10.


The Winslow Boy - 8-17 February

Festival Theatre, Chichester

7.30pm. Having been expelled from the Royal Naval College for stealing a five-shilling postal order, young cadet Ronnie Winslow’s entire family is pulled apart by the repercussions of this charge. Set against the values of 1910 Edwardian London, the Winslow family fight to clear his name or face social ostracism, as the case becomes a national scandal.

Based on a real-life event, The Winslow Boy is a courageous and often delicately humorous window into the class and political hypocrisy of the time. Sat and Thurs matinees 2.30pm. Tickets from £15.


Robin Hood - 9-17 February

Half-term family show, Old Market, Hove

This stunning new production of Robin Hood, presented by New Mutiny Theatre Company, brings the classic story of outlaws and adventure bang up-to-date, with original music and a vibrant cast. Times vary. Suitable for ages seven years plus. Tickets: £8.50 (£30 family of four ticket, minimum of one adult).


The Kite Runner - 13-17 February

Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne

7.45pm. Based on Khaled Hosseini’s international bestselling novel, this haunting tale of friendship that spans cultures and continent follows one man’s journey to confront his past and find redemption. Wed and Sat matinee 2.30pm. Tickets: £17.50-£29.50.


Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel - 16 February

Minerva Theatre, Chichester

7.45pm. Magical and dark, this is perhaps the most popular operatic fairy tale of them all. Brother and sister Hansel and Gretel are drawn into the idyllic yet dangerous world of the forest, where they encounter the Sandman, the Dew Fairy and, most frightening of all, the Witch. Humperdinck’s music magically evokes the contrasting worlds of the story that will enchant and thrill. This wintry delight is brought to life by the critically acclaimed Pop-Up Opera, sung in German with English captions. Tickets from £20.


Brendan Cole: All Night Long - 18 February

The Dome, Brighton

7.30pm. Strictly Come Dancing’s Brendan Cole takes to the stage to wow audiences with his latest spectacular production, All Night Long.

Brendan is joined by his sensational cast of guest dancers, leading lady and 14-piece band and singers, to whip up an extravagant mix of Latin fever and ballroom charm. Tickets: £31, £41.


Russian State Ballet of Siberia - 19-21 February

Theatre Royal, Brighton

• 19 Feb: Romeo and Juliet 7.45pm

• 20 Feb: Cinderella 7.45pm

• 21 Feb: Swan Lake 2.30pm and 7.45pm

Russia’s acclaimed ballet company returns to Brighton with Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella and Swan Lake. The Russian State Ballet of Siberia has quickly established itself as one of Russia’s leading ballet companies. The soloists and corps de ballet are superb and never fail to delight audiences with their breathtaking physical ability and dazzling costumes.


Hair - 20-24 February

Brighton Theatre Group, The Old Market, Hove

Brighton Theatre Group (BTG) celebrates its 50th anniversary in February 2018 by presenting Hair, the ground-breaking musical of the 1960s. It is a show built on optimism, with songs that fill your heart and songs that will break it. Based in New York’s Greenwich Village, it tells the story of a group of flower children fighting a peaceful revolution – a movement as relevant today as it was then. Times vary. Tickets: £15-£18.50, concessions available.


Griff Rhys Jones: Where Was I? - 27 February

The Old Market, Hove

8pm. Griff Rhys Jones recounts stories, anecdotes, reminiscences and outright lies from 40 years of travelling – down rivers and up mountains, into Africa, out of India and across the arid wastes of the BBC canteen. Tickets: £18, 14 years plus, under 16s to be accompanied by an adult.


Chinese New Year Extravaganza - 27 February

The Hawth, Crawley

7.30pm. Touring across the country to celebrate the biggest festive event on the Chinese calendar, the Extravaganza features a team of performers showcasing amazing Chinese performing arts. From the cheerful spirit of the auspicious Lion Dance, to daring stunts of Chinese acrobatics, the show is a colourful display of Chinese cultural tradition. Tickets: £24, over 60 £22, child £18.


Stereophonics - 27 February

Brighton Centre, Brighton

One of Britain’s best live bands Stereophonics comes to the Brighton Centre as part of their UK tour following the release of their new album Scream Above the Sounds. Doors open 6.30pm. Tickets from £48.95.



Nymans in February

Nymans, near Haywards Heath

In this beautiful spring garden you’ll spot displays of snowdrops as well as camellias and magnolias under-planted with daffodils and grape hyacinths. The bulb meadow in the walled garden is littered with snowdrops and early narcissus and there are rare hellebores all around the garden. By Valentine’s Day, more than 150 different types of plant varieties are flowering at Nymans, offering cool contrasts to fiery witch hazel oranges and the rich red stems of the dogwoods.


Hastings Fat Tuesday - 9-13 February

In New Orleans they call it Mardi Gras, in Venice it’s known as Carnevale di Venezia and Hastings has Fat Tuesday. From its conception in 2009, Hastings Fat Tuesday has become the largest Mardi Gras celebration in the UK, benefiting and drawing from the incredibly diverse and well-developed music scene locally to become one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the town’s cultural calendar. The festival borrows heavily from the New Orleans take on Mardi Gras, combining the enjoyment of good music, a flair for dressing up and partying.


Brighton Science Festival - 10-18 February

Brighton Science Festival returns for its 14th year with a programme packed with scientific magic and magical science for young people across the city. The festival is celebrating the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein with a festival that’s electrically charged and bursting with life.

The festival kicks off with Bright Sparks at Hove Park School, a two-day celebration of science with everything from cockroaches to coding, via chromatography, chemistry and consciousness. It’s a hands-on extravaganza for ages seven-13 that should leave kids and parents inspired and enthralled.

This is followed by a week of workshops allowing young people to explore concepts in greater depth. Whether it’s building rockets, making monsters, teaching computers to sing and dance, learning shadow puppetry or gazing into the cosmos, it’s an action-packed week that looks set to be a feast for the senses and a workout for the brain.

The final weekend sees the White Heat strand take over the Sallis Benney Theatre to tackle heavy topics in a light-hearted manner.


Winter Half-Term Family Activities - 12-16 February

Weald and Downland Living Museum, Singleton, near Chichester

11am-3pm. Five days of creative activities and countryside skills, including trails, arts and crafts, and spectacular stories to inspire all the family.

Most activities are under cover and wet weather will not spoil play. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Dogs on leads are welcome and there is ample free parking. Please wear clothes and shoes that are suitable for playing outdoors. Regular admission charges apply.


Sussex Wildlife Trust: Brilliant Birds - 13 February

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

10am-noon. Enjoy a birdy morning making treats for your garden birds and trying to spot some winter birds on the nature reserve. Suitable for accompanied children of all ages. Drop in at the kiosk in the Rye Harbour village car park. No booking necessary. Donations appreciated.


Valentine’s Supper - 14 February

Sheffield Park and Garden, Uckfield

Enjoy a romantic fire-lit, three-course supper in the cosy Oak Hall. Includes a glass of sparkling wine on arrival. Sittings at 7pm and 7.30pm. Cost £25, for bookings tel: 01825 790231.


Date Night at the Museum - 14 February

True Crime Museum, White Rock Caves, Hastings

Take part in the Valentine’s Day Love and Death Tours – £20 per couple with a glass of bubbly included. Tours last an hour and begin at 7pm.


Rye Bay Scallop Week - 24 February-4 March

Rye Bay Scallop Week in Rye, East Sussex offers the perfect opportunity to indulge in seafood delights! Scallop events include cookery schools and demonstrations, tasting events and live music. Many of the restaurants in Rye will also be showcasing an array of different scallop dishes for you to try.



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