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A Guide to Must-See Venues at the Brighton Fringe
Image Credit: Sorcha Bridge

A Guide to Must-See Venues at the Brighton Fringe

23 May 2017 |

Every May, Brighton city centre becomes even more of a buzzing cultural hub with theatre, comedy, live music, cabaret, poetry... the list goes on. To help you navigate the sprawling array of events and activities on offer, we've plucked our must-visit venues from the hundreds that feature at this year's Fringe. From established year-round theatres, to cosy performance spaces and pop-up stages, it's all happening this month at Brighton's venues.

The Warren
 
Billed as a ‘festival within a festival’, The Warren is the largest free-to-enter site at the Brighton Fringe, centrally situated right by St Peter’s Church. Complete with performance spaces, a market town, kids’ area and various bars and eateries, The Warren encompasses four main venues and acts as the beating heart of the Fringe. This year they are hosting over 100 events for the festival, comprising comedy, theatre, cabaret and more, with over a million people due to walk through the site over the month of May.


Image Credit: Sorcha Bridge
 
See the Brighton Fringe listings for events at The Warren.
 
 
Junkyard Dogs & Backyard Theatre
 
If you like a cosy space to watch up-and-coming live acts, make your way to Junkyard Dogs on Edward Street - a venue that epitomizes independent theatre. Serving up American-style hotdogs along with a selection of locally produced beers, their bar and café area seats 50 and stages music, stand-up and cabaret. In addition to Junkyard, the owners have now opened the Backyard Theatre, a 35-seater black box theatre space specializing in small-scale and spoken-word productions, lending the stage experience an extra touch of intimacy.


Junkyard Dogs
 
See the Brighton Fringe listings for events at Junkyard Dogs.
 
 
Sweet Venues
 
Sweet is an Edinburgh venue operator who have been expanding into Brighton and beyond. This year there are several Sweet venues dotted around the Brighton town centre and heading towards Hove. The Sweet Dukebox Theatre opened in 2012 at The Iron Duke pub and guesthouse on the border between Brighton and Hove: open all year round, it’s a popular spot that seats 40 people for performances of music, comedy, cabaret and poetry. Directly opposite the Dukebox you’ll find the beautiful St Andrew’s Church, which Sweet transforms into a 100-seat venue come Fringe-time, as well as two further spaces at Jury’s Inn waterfront.


Sweet St Andrews
 
See the Brighton Fringe listings for events at Sweet Venues.
 
 
The Old Market
 
For bigger names and crowds to match, The Old Market theatre space is the venue to visit. Owned and managed by the creators of pot-banging international success STOMP, the venue hosts international theatre, bands and musicians, and stars of stand-up. During this year’s Fringe look out for their production of Othello, as well as performances from The Brighton Beach Boys and their Psychedelic Love Orchestra, plus the Instagram-inspired interrogation of masculinity, Dutch show Macho Macho.
 
See the Brighton Fringe listings for events at The Old Market.
 
 
 

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