What's on in Sussex - May-June 2009
PUBLISHED: 13:14 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:52 20 February 2013
Find out what's on in the county throughout May and June. From festivals to wildlife walks and all things in between Sussex Life brings you the best the best the county has to offer every month...
Gardens Week 2009 is the second annual celebration of the beautiful Grade II listed gardens at Brighton's Royal Pavilion and a chance to hear from some of the region's experts on everything from design to coppicing.
Gardens Week - 2 for 1 ticket offer
The Royal Pavilion, Brighton
Monday 25 - Sunday 31 May
Many events will be held under the cover of a traditional Swedish Hat Kåtas tent which will be erected in the Pavilion Gardens for the final three days, Friday 29 to Sunday 31 May. Here are some of the other highlights at the event:
2 for 1 tickets
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The Guitar Whisperer, Richard Durrant
"The Guitar Whisperer" is an innovative show of impeccable musical credentials, performed by one of the foremost classical guitarists of his generation. This is an indoor event from 6.30pm Tickets are £22.50 and include pre-concert drinks and canapés. 01903 883355. Supported by
Out & About ...at the Brighton Festival
2 - 24 May
The 43rd Brighton festival promises another action-packed programme of events across the city providing three weeks of non-stop fun for all the family.
This year's festival will be under the new direction of chief executive Andrew Comben and the guest artistic director will be the internationally celebrated Turner Prize-winning artist Anish Kapoor, who has provided new work for the festival.
Kapoor's work will feature in a whole series of events, including his much admired C-Curve, Sky Mirror, Blood Relations created with Salman Rushdie, and 1000 Names, which will be brought to Brighton and serve as starting points for the whole programme.
The festival will also include numerous innovative commissions and site-specific productions from leading artists, including the following highlights:
Hofesh Shechter Dance Company, now resident at Brighton Dome, will present two newly commissioned works.
Rimini Protokoll, Germany's innovative documentary theatre producers make their first visit to the UK with Breaking News, a fascinating theatrical look at daily news reporting.
Les ballets C de la B from Belgium presents the UK premiere of Ashes as well as the recently-acclaimed Aphasiadisiac.
Celebrating the 250th anniversary of the composer Handel's death, the Academy of Ancient Music conducted by Christopher Hogwood give the first performance in their European tour of Arianna in Creta with a stellar line-up of soloists including Angelika Kirchschlager, Lisa Milne and Miah Persson.
Philharmonia Orchestra will be performing Mahler's Sixth Symphony and Mozart Piano Concerto No 18 in their first season with new principal conductor and artistic adviser Esa-Pekka Salonen. They are joined by the remarkable pianist Piotr Anderszewski.
Former Mercury Prize winners Antony and the Johnsons kick off the tour of their new album The Crying Light, dedicated to the dancer Kazuo Ohno at Brighton Dome's Concert Hall on 21 May.
Cuban Orquesta Aragon is celebrating their 70th anniversary in 2009. This is an exclusive performance at Brighton Festival by the masters of the cha cha cha.
Walk the Plank will present the world premiere of a magical installation with fire and light commissioned by the Brighton Festival, where the audience walk along a designated path at night leading them to explore different areas within Queen's Park.
Books and Debate Programme will feature a number of fascinating figures including Marcus du Sautoy, Emmanuel Jal, Jenni Murray, Joan Bakewell, David Attenborough, Marcus Zusak and Alaa Al Aswany, as well as debates on topical subjects.
Ticket office: 01273 709709
Country food market
Asparagus season begins in May and to celebrate Trading Boundaries is launching its own country food market. Situated in its award-winning courtyard, the market will feature locally made quality produce. Companies taking part include The Giggly Pig Company, Nut Knowle Farm, Ouse Valley Foods and the Asparagus Man.
The monthly market will start on 15 May and will be held on every third Friday of the month - make a note in your diary now.
Trading Boundaries, Sheffield Green, nr Fletching, East Sussex: 01825 790200
Mica Paris, a soul star for more than two decades, is soon to be back with a new album.
Singing sensation as well as a TV and radio presenter and actress, she has collaborated with top artistes such as Prince, Natalie Cole and Anita Baker. Mica's television appearances include Gok Wan's hit UK show Miss Naked Beauty, What Not To Wear and performing Christmas songs as a duet with Lesley Garrett on BBC1.
She has also reported on the starry night of the Oscar presentations from Los Angeles.
Theatre Royal, Brighton
08700 606 650
The Joe Stilgoe Trio
He's young, he's highly original and he's tipped as the next big thing in the jazz world.
Joe Stilgoe is a singer and songwriter as well as a pianist who has burst upon the UK scene and taken it by storm.
The son of Richard Stilgoe, Joe has inherited some of his father's affinity for writing quirky lyrics, but he also plays the standards and arranges some unusual material to great effect.
With bass player Chris Hill and drummer Ben Reynolds this is a trio that's really going places.
Underground Theatre, Eastbourne 01323 737677
Male voice choir
The Brighton Welsh Male Voice Choir will be appearing at a special fundraising event this month. Organised by the ladies of the West Chiltington Royal British Legion, the event promises a wonderful mix of music from the choir. All funds will go to the charity, formed in 1945 to raise money in support of widows and dependents of ex-servicemen.
West Chiltington Village Hall, West Chiltington. £8 - 01798 813108
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Beethoven Leonore Overture No 3
Mozart Violin Concerto No 5 in A, K219 (Turkish)
Dvorák Symphony No 8
Simon Streatfeild, conductor
Kolbjorn Holthe, violin
'The crown of Dvorák's work' and 'one of the considerable achievements of symphonic literature' are both critical descriptions not of Dvorák's famous Ninth Symphony, but its immediate predecessor, the Eighth, with its infectious finale fashioned as a pot-pourri of Czech folk tunes.
Congress Theatre, Eastbourne 01323 412000
The Violet Jive
The Violet Jive are led by guitarist and singer Steve Spall. Also featuring double bass and drums (and occasionally sax or trumpet to make a four-piece) theirs is a jazz sound but with an alternative dark twist based on songs with colourful lyrics, riffs and melodies that appeal to a wide audience of music lovers.
Trading Boundaries (The Elephant Café), Sheffield Green, near Fletching, East Sussex: 01825 790200
Paul Merton's Silent Clowns
Join Paul Merton as he screens hilarious extracts from the very best silent comedians in some of their funniest films. Charlie Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy, Harold Lloyd and many others are presented by Paul, whose infectious enthusiasm and knowledge of these films guarantees a splendid time for all.
And then Buster Keaton's uproariously funny Steamboat Bill Jr will be shown in its entirety, with a fantastic live accompaniment by the world-renowned pianist Neil Brand.
Assembly Hall, Worthing 01903 206206
19 - 23 May
A View from the Bridge
Acknowledged as one of the great classics of the 20th century, Arthur Miller's electrifying and deeply moving play A View from the Bridge proved to be a milestone in American theatrical history: it is rediscovered in a new production starring Ken Stott, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Hayley Atwell and directed by Olivier Award-winning Lindsay Posner.
Brighton 08700 606 650
25 - 30 May
Written by Willy Russell, the legendary Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with tragic consequences. Starring Maureen Nolan in the lead role of Mrs Johnstone the incredible score includes Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It's Not True.
The Hawth, Crawley 01293 553636
8 - 30 May
Cyrano de Bergerac
Directed by Trevor Nunn
Joseph Fiennes will play the title role of Cyrano de Bergerac, one of the most iconic characters in drama. Cyrano is soldier, poet, philosopher and duellist, equally at home with the sonnet as with the sword. But of one thing he is incapable - he cannot tell the exquisite Roxanne that he loves her, and for only one reason. His nose. His huge, his ridiculous, his grotesque nose.
Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester 01243 781312
2 - 6 Jun 2009
Win tickets to see My Fair Lady at Brighton's Theatre Royal
Local musical theatre company the Brighton Theatre Group is to stage their production of this classic musical at the Theatre Royal, Brighton.
This timeless story of bachelor linguistics professor Henry Higgins' bet to turn a Cockney flower girl into a social butterfly was immortalised in the film by the legendary Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn and is poised for a remake with Keira Knightley as Eliza - such is its appeal.
7.45pm, Thur and Sat mats 2.30pm
Theatre Royal, Brighton: 08700 602516
Sussex Life has one pair of tickets to give away for Wednesday June 3. For your chance to win, pick up a copy of the May 2009 issue.
Same Sky community arts group
One of Brighton Festival's most enduring spectacles - the annual Children's Parade - enters its 19th year in 2009 with another cavalcade of costume, colour and fiesta-style fanfare. This year's theme is the elements: earth, air, fire and water. So expect a force of nature as more than 4,000 participants from 70 schools and community groups parade through the city's streets to the pulsing beat of samba.
Procession: Sydney Street to Madeira Drive. Free event.
Mozart: The Magic Flute
For many years Glyndebourne has introduced young people to the world of opera. This year, in collaboration with Brighton Festival, Glyndebourne Education presents a special family performance of Mozart's The Magic Flute. Part pantomime and part fairytale, this classic opera conjures a cast of plucky heroes searching for truth and the enlightenment of the new day. Three Glyndebourne singers retell this bewitching tale with a little help from the audience. Age range six to 11 years.
Pavilion Theatre, Brighton
Murray Lachlan Young's Cautionary Tales for Children
Written and performed by Murray Lachlan Young. Radio 4's favourite poet's celebrated stand-up interactive poetry show is for children aged from five to ten and ex-children.
Komedia, Brighton 0845 293 8480
The Big Family Race Day at Fontwell Park
The Big Family Race Day features seven exciting jump races and plenty of entertainment for the whole family. There will be fun fair rides, a mascot race, pets' corner, bouncy castles and face painters.
Fontwell Park racecourse, Arundel 01243 543335
Sussex Wildlife Trust
Go Wild in the Woods at Stanmer Park. Learn how to use a range of tools safely. Meet at the main entrance gate. Booking essential 01273 497561.
May 2 and May 3
From Dusk to Dawn. Family sleepover in Friston Forest, Seven Sisters Country Park, Seaford. Booking essential 01273 497561.
Low Tide at Cuckmere Haven. Celebrate low tide day beneath the breathtaking Seven Sisters. Meet at Cliff End, Seven Sisters Country Park, Seaford.
Wildlife Watch Roadshow. Explore Ashdown Forest's special wildlife. Ashdown Forest Centre, Forest Row. Booking essential 01273 497561.
Gruffalo Pie! Stroll through the wood with mouse and meet the other animals in Friston Forest, Seven Sisters Country Park, Seaford. Booking essential 01273 497561.
Into the Woods - Around the Campfire. Spend a day in the woods and learn how to light a fire, build a shelter and more. Seven Sisters Country Park, Seaford. Booking essential 01273 497561.