Brighton Dome’s autumn season packed with international artists & home-grown talent


Brighton Dome is hosting some of the world’s most renowned performers, authors and artists in our venue this autumn, coming from Africa, Australia, Canada, Europe and USA to showcase their new work live in Brighton.

 Australian stand-up and Netflix sensation Hannah Gadsby performs Douglas, a tale about a dog, and the hugely talented Tim Minchin performs for the first time in eight years. Canadian novelist and poet Margaret Atwood will discuss her career and the much anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale 34 years after it was published. Contemporary dance from Belgian-Burkinan choreographer Serge Aimé Coulibaly brings a highly-charged performance inspired by the life of musician Fela Kuti.From across the UK, Brit award-winning singers Sam Fender and Emeli Sandé, multi-Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Van Morrison, and former Brighton Festival Guest Director Kate Tempest will perform their latest releases and classic hits. Some of the biggest names in British comedy are coming back to Brighton including Eddie Izzard, Crawley comic Romesh Ranganathan, political news satirist Jonathan Pie will bring his own unique take on the ‘B’ word and Brydon, Mack and Mitchell will be hosting an unmissable evening of chat and general messing around.

Contemporary & Classical Music

Incredibly talented female musicians include renowned Lisa Stansfield celebrating the 30th anniversary of her first multi-platinum album; and pop-rock duo Shakespears Sister are back with their hits and reveal new material. Rising star Freya Ridings has been tipped as a big name to watch by Florence Welch and Taylor Swift; folk duo The Unthanks invite us into the darkly passionate world of Emily Brontë; and we welcome back Kate Tempest to perform her stunningly personal new album, The Book of Traps and Lessons.

Fans of 80s and 90s rock, indie, house and garage will enjoy gigs by Primal ScreamHappy Mondays, The Psychedelic FursThe Divine Comedy and The House & Garage Orchestra perform club anthems in a unique live experience that will get everyone dancing. Singer-songwriters Richard Hawley, Dermot Kennedy and Jack Savoretti will perform new material from their latest albums.

Classical pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi returns to the UK three years after his sensational world tour. London Philharmonic Orchestra bring two very different concerts: The Spirit of Beethoven features the heart-pounding Seventh Symphony, led by inspirational young conductor Kensho Watanabe with violin by Emmanuel Tjeknavorian. Film music maestro Anthony Weeden introduces a century of great British film scores from the elegance of Murder on the Orient Express to the sheer emotion of the love theme from Romeo and Juliet, experience the soundtracks to our lives as you’ve never heard them before.


Joining comedy favourites Ardal O’HanlonRob Beckett and Russell Kane across the autumn schedule line-up are new kids on the circuit bringing their own unique brand of humour – critically lauded John Robins bares his soul with personal tales of shame and Netflix sensation Daniel Sloss is a huge hit in America and performs X, his new ground-breaking show with strong adult themes. Fresh from a residency in London’s West End, improvised play Austentatious gives a comedic spin to the life and works of Jane Austen and promises that no two shows are ever the same.


This autumn sees a compelling range of international dance from Africa’s leading companies. South African choreographer Dada Masilo presents her fearless re-imagining of the iconic classic Giselle. As part of the national France Dance UK festival, Faso Danse Théâtre and Serge Aimé Coulibaly present the critically acclaimed Kalakuta Republik, an infectiously energetic performance inspired by the extraordinary life of Nigerian musician and political activist Fela Kuti.


Bring your tissues for Christmas romcom favourite Love Actually In Concert screened alongside a live orchestra score. Immerse yourself in the blue planet with the latest Ocean Film Festival World Tour showcasing the spellbinding power and beauty of our oceans in a series of curated short films featuring awe-inspiring cinematography.

Talks & Debate

Don’t miss the chance to join American storyteller and LGBT activist, Armistead Maupin as he recounts tales from the city in his first ever UK tour. TV personalities recount their inspirational life stories – from extreme SAS adventures by Ant Middleton to polar exploring with Ben Fogle. Young audiences will get an October half-term treat with Alex Ryder author Anthony Horowitz in conversation about the inspiration behind his phenomenally successful teenage spy books.  

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