Brighton Dome entertains the Shah of Persia

20 Sep 2020

To celebrate Heritage Open Days 2020 we are publishing a series of blogs researched and written by Brighton Dome's heritage volunteers. The blogs reveal the fascinating stories connecting Brighton Dome's history with the Royal Pavilion Estate and the city.Brighton Dome has been providing outstanding live performances in…

Envelope sent from the Indian Military Hospital, Royal Pavilion Estate, 1915

20 Sep 2020

This is an envelope dating from July 1915 addressed to the Kangra District in the state of Punjab, situated in Northern India. The ‘Pavilion & Dome’ stamp on the back confirms that the letter was sent from the Indian Military Hospital based at the Royal Pavilion Estate between 1914-1916. The Indian Army played…

Brighton Dome’s Discoveries from the Archives

19 Sep 2020

Before the coronavirus pandemic, our Heritage Volunteers were involved in the process of cataloguing and preserving the Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival archives. The archives contain a wide range of ephemera, ranging from concert programmes, posters and tickets to press photographs, architectural plans of the venue…

Brighton Dome’s Blooming Era of Horticulture

19 Sep 2020

To celebrate Heritage Open Days 2020 we are publishing a series of blogs researched and written by Brighton Dome's heritage volunteers. The blogs reveal the fascinating stories connecting Brighton Dome's history with the Royal Pavilion Estate and the city.In the early part of the 20th century, the Brighton, Hove and Sussex…

Digging for Victory - Brighton’s Wartime Allotments

18 Sep 2020

To celebrate Heritage Open Days 2020 we are publishing a series of blogs researched and written by Brighton Dome's heritage volunteers. The blogs reveal the fascinating stories connecting Brighton Dome's history with the Royal Pavilion Estate and the city.During the Second World War the Royal Pavilion Estate played its…

Interview with Romantics Anonymous Artistic Director Emma Rice

18 Sep 2020

Artistic Director Emma Rice has had a prolific career in theatre, as an actor/director with Kneehigh and further directing with the ENO and Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe (2016-2018). Her new theatre company, Wise Children, have produced the musical Romantics Anonymous, based on the film Les…

How did the Prince Regent’s stables compare with other stables of the time?

18 Sep 2020

To celebrate Heritage Open Days 2020 we are publishing a series of blogs researched and written by Brighton Dome's heritage volunteers. The blogs reveal the fascinating stories connecting Brighton Dome's history with the Royal Pavilion Estate and the city.The Prince Regent was passionate about horses and took great pride…

Hydrangeas Bring Japan to the Royal Pavilion Gardens

18 Sep 2020

To celebrate Heritage Open Days 2020 we are publishing a series of blogs researched and written by Brighton Dome's heritage volunteers. The blogs reveal the fascinating stories connecting Brighton Dome's history with the Royal Pavilion Estate and the city.The hydrangea was one of the plants selected by William Townsend…

Chinese Lanterns in the Royal Pavilion Gardens

17 Sep 2020

To celebrate Heritage Open Days 2020 we are publishing a series of blogs researched and written by Brighton Dome's heritage volunteers. The blogs reveal the fascinating stories connecting Brighton Dome's history with the Royal Pavilion Estate and the city.Of the imported plants chosen by William Townsend Aiton, who was…

A House Clearance Reveals an Opera Star’s Performance at Brighton Dome

17 Sep 2020

In August 2019, 39 concert tickets dating from 1901-1903 came up for auction at Brighton and Hove General Auctions in Woodingdean. They were discovered, along with six Edwardian era ‘Snap’ cards, under the floorboards during a local house clearance. The tickets are for a variety of events at Brighton Dome and the Music…

Maria Fitzherbert: A Secret Royal Wife

16 Sep 2020

To celebrate Heritage Open Days 2020 we are publishing a series of blogs researched and written by Brighton Dome's heritage volunteers. The blogs reveal the fascinating stories connecting Brighton Dome's history with the Royal Pavilion Estate and the city.George, Prince of Wales was first formally introduced to Maria Fitzherbert…

How Chrysanthemums found their way to the Royal Pavilion Gardens

16 Sep 2020

To celebrate Heritage Open Days 2020 we are publishing a series of blogs researched and written by Brighton Dome's heritage volunteers. The blogs reveal the fascinating stories connecting Brighton Dome's history with the Royal Pavilion Estate and the city.Early pictorial representations of the Royal Pavilion gardens show…

Art Deco Style Comes to Brighton Dome

15 Sep 2020

In September 2020, we commemorate the 85th anniversary of the Art Deco refurbishment of Brighton Dome. Architect Robert Atkinson (1883-1952) transformed the Concert Hall into the venue we recognise today. He also re-purposed the Corn Exchange and designed the building that would eventually become the Studio Theatre. Art…

The Gardens in the Royal Pavilion Estate

15 Sep 2020

To celebrate Heritage Open Days 2020 we are publishing a series of blogs researched and written by Brighton Dome's heritage volunteers. The blogs reveal the fascinating stories connecting Brighton Dome's history with the Royal Pavilion Estate and the city.During the 1780s George, Prince of Wales rented a small lodging…

'Hidden Nature' in the Prince Regent's Chinese wallpaper

14 Sep 2020

The Royal Pavilion Estate is renowned for its distinctive architectural style, drawing on a variety of oriental influences. This week, as we celebrate the theme of ‘hidden nature’ as part of Heritage Open Days 2020, we will be looking at how these Asian influences informed the design of the Pavilion gardens. In 1802,…

Brighton’s Connections to Slavery

14 Sep 2020

To celebrate Heritage Open Days 2020 we are publishing a series of blogs researched and written by Brighton Dome's heritage volunteers. The blogs reveal the fascinating stories connecting Brighton Dome's history with the Royal Pavilion Estate and the city.It is difficult to imagine that the beautiful seaside retreat of…
Brighton Dome, Royal Pavilion Estate Gardens

Brighton on Film: short videos of the city by British Pathé

13 Sep 2020

This week as we celebrate ‘Hidden Nature’ in heritage as part of Heritage Open Days 2020, take a look at how nature has inspired Brighton residents in the past and the role that the Royal Pavilion Estate has played in bringing people together to enjoy nature, in these short films by British Pathé.This first film from…

Restoration of Ceres, Roman Goddess of Agriculture

13 Sep 2020

To commemorate the 85th anniversary of the Art Deco refurbishment of Brighton Dome and the Corn Exchange, we’re revisiting the story of last year’s restoration of the statue of Ceres, the Roman Goddess of Agriculture, which stands above the entrance of the Corn Exchange on Church Street.Ceres was sculpted in 1935 by…

Boxing Legends Entertained the Crowds at Brighton Dome

12 Sep 2020

To celebrate Heritage Open Days 2020 we are publishing a series of blogs researched and written by Brighton Dome's heritage volunteers. The blogs reveal the fascinating stories connecting Brighton Dome's history with the Royal Pavilion Estate and the city.Did you know that world boxing champions have competed on numerous…
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How did Brighton Dome’s Corn Exchange get its name?

12 Sep 2020

To celebrate Heritage Open Days 2020 we are publishing a series of blogs researched and written by Brighton Dome's heritage volunteers. The blogs reveal the fascinating stories connecting Brighton Dome's history with the Royal Pavilion Estate and the city.Go to any market town and you are likely to find a corn exchange,…

Domes of Brighton

11 Sep 2020

To celebrate Heritage Open Days 2020 we are publishing a series of blogs researched and written by Brighton Dome's heritage volunteers. The blogs reveal the fascinating stories connecting Brighton Dome's history with the Royal Pavilion Estate and the city.Brighton Dome was built between 1803 and 1808 and stands 65 ft high…

Was the Prince Regent’s Mother our First Black Queen?

11 Sep 2020

To celebrate Heritage Open Days 2020 we are publishing a series of blogs researched and written by Brighton Dome's heritage volunteers. The blogs reveal the fascinating stories connecting Brighton Dome's history with the Royal Pavilion Estate and the city.Queen Charlotte Sophia is a notable figure in the history of the…

Secret History of Brighton Dome Revealed for Heritage Open Days 2020

10 Sep 2020

The secret history of Brighton Dome is set to be revealed online for national Heritage Open Days running from 11 to 20 September 2020. Due to our current closure, we are disappointed not to be able to offer events in our venue this year so over the next week, we are publishing a series of daily blogs on our website that…

#BringBackBrightonDome  Crowdfunding Campaign Launches  

8 Sep 2020

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival (BDBF) has joined the national #SaveOurTheatres crowdfunding campaign launched today (8 September 2020) by the Theatres Trust to help prevent the permanent closure of UK theatres. Some theatres have gone into administration or have made staff redundant in an attempt to survive…

Brighton Dome Re-Opens with Team Domenica Café Partnership

3 Sep 2020

Brighton Dome will be re-opening its doors for the first time since lockdown in a special partnership with social enterprise charity Team Domenica. Café Domenica at Brighton Dome will be based in the venue’s Foyer on Church Street from 15 September offering visitors a selection of freshly made food and drinks four…

Critically acclaimed musical Romantics Anonymous partners with Brighton Dome on Livestream Tour

20 Aug 2020

As part of our commitment for sharing and supporting new theatre, Brighton Dome is pleased to announce it will be a promotional partner for Emma Rice’s critically acclaimed musical adaptation of Romantics Anonymous during its digital tour.Produced by Wise Children, Bristol Old Vic and Plush Theatricals, Romantics Anonymous…

Miss Represented awarded COVID-19 funding from Youth Endowment Fund

11 Aug 2020

Brighton Dome’s award winning creative learning project, Miss Represented has received a grant of £44,200 from the Youth Endowment Fund to support young women in Brighton & Hove.The funding will help facilitate the project’s work across five schools to offer small groups of vulnerable girls…
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Brighton Dome Successful with Government Funding for 5G Cultural Research

5 Aug 2020

Brighton Dome’s 5G testbed has received a financial boost from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport’s (DCMS) latest round of funding to develop 5G technology across the UK.The venue is one of several partner organisations involved in Digital Catapult’s 5G Festival project bid…
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Livestream Events from Brighton Dome and Fane

17 Jul 2020

Brighton Dome has partnered with Fane Online for a curated series of livestreamed events featuring celebrated authors, actors and podcasters direct to audiences in the comfort of their own home.Fifteen livestream events will take place from August to November 2020, with tickets on sale now.Internationally renowned…
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We are very grateful for Arts Council England’s financial support

7 Jul 2020

Brighton Dome has received vital support from Arts Council England's Emergency Response Fund - part of their allocation for National Portfolio organisations - which is in response to the closure of cultural venues countrywide caused by the Covid-19 crisis.As a registered arts charity, this additional funding of £445,000 …

Freelance Task Force Gets Underway with Brighton Appointment

12 Jun 2020

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival is part of the national initiative to establish a Freelance Task Force to help support and raise awareness of the importance of theatre and performance creatives during this period of uncertainty for the arts profession. Read the Open Letter here. We are delighted to announce…

Future Creators Collective Invests in Young Peoples’ Skills and Well-Being

8 Jun 2020

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival is proud to partner with Future Creators to offer employment skills and opportunities for children and young adults across the region.Future Creators, formerly known as 'Our Future City', is a collective of organisations spanning the creative industries, local businesses, youth groups,…

Corn Exchange Building Refurbishment Update

5 Jun 2020

Contractors working on the refurbishment of Brighton Dome Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre have continued to progress with essential works to protect and conserve the historic Grade I and Grade II listed buildings. Since lockdown was implemented, Westridge Construction have been complying with government guidelines on…
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Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival Supports #FreelanceTaskForce

29 May 2020

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival is committed to supporting freelance theatre and performance creatives during these uncertain times. Along with more than 138 other arts organisations we signed this open letter and are offering a paid freelance contract for three months this summer.The Freelance Task Force member…

Brighton Festival looks forward to 2021 with Lemn Sissay returning as Guest Director

28 May 2020

Following Brighton Festival’s digital programme during lockdown, poet and author Lemn Sissay MBE has confirmed he will return as guest director in 2021. Brighton Festival at Home featured a selection of artists and events that were due to take place across the city in May. The alternative version attracted…

Photographer Jamie Macmillan’s Top 5 Brighton Dome Gigs

22 Apr 2020

Jamie Macmillan is a freelance event and portrait photographer and regular at Brighton Dome. We look back at some of his favourite gigs at Brighton Dome. IDLES IDLES are a band very close to my heart and were actually the opening act at the very first gig I got to shoot, at Concorde 2 back in 2016. I’d been lucky…

Interview: Freelance Photographer Jamie Macmillan

21 Apr 2020

Jamie Macmillan is a freelance event and portrait photographer based in Brighton. We caught up with him to find out more about his work and to take a look back at some of his favourite moments at Brighton Dome.What do you love about your job?I love capturing the energy and the atmosphere of the night. The happy faces in…

Teachers Get Ready to Help Young People Keep Making Music During Lockdown

20 Apr 2020

School children and young people across Brighton & Hove and East Sussex are being offered online lessons during the Covid-19 lockdown to help them keep making music. The education music service run by Brighton & Hove Music & Arts (BHMA) and East Sussex Music (ESM) normally teaches over 5,000…

Rescheduled and Cancelled Shows

19 Apr 2020

Despite the current disruptions due to Coronavirus, we are pleased to announce the following events have been rescheduled and will still take place at a future date. Tickets for the new dates are on sale and all tickets from the original dates are still valid. If you booked one of these events, you will have been emailed. See…
History & Heritage

From Horrible Histories to Famous Faces Discover Brighton Dome’s Fascinating Heritage Facts

14 Apr 2020

Brighton Dome boasts a 217-year long history, learn more about the venue with our ten fascinating factsWhen it was first built in 1806, the Brighton Dome roof was constructed of thousands of panes of glass. At the time it was the second largest dome shaped building in the country, after St Paul’s Cathedral. The 174-metre-long…

Wrestling with Brighton Dome's Sporting Past

30 Mar 2020

Forget The Rock and Hulk Hogan, Brighton Dome has it’s own legendary wrestlers – Francis ‘the Cornish Wonder’ Gregory and John ‘Italian’ Devalto. We've enjoyed delving into our extensive archives and stumbled across quite a surprise – in addition to our past lives as a stable, military hospital and postal…
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Thank You For Your Support

23 Mar 2020

It is with great sadness that we have had to close the doors of Brighton Dome and cancel Brighton Festival in light of the current climate. As you can imagine, this wasn’t an easy decision to make but something we felt was right for not only our audience but staff and artists involved. Since sharing…

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQ

15 Mar 2020

Frequently Asked Questions | 15 Mar 2020What is Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival doing in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)?Brighton Dome continues to be open as usual. Unfortunately, some of our events have been cancelled or postponed by organisers and artists who are unable to fulfil commitments due to disruption…

Brighton & Hove’s Cultural Summit Aims to Open Up the Arts

6 Mar 2020

Artists, writers, performers, arts organisations, community networks and those who run venues in the city will come together to explore how to involve more people in the arts.Brighton & Hove’s Cultural Summit takes place on Mon 30 March at the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts at the University of Sussex,…
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International Women’s Day 2020: Women and the Climate Emergency

26 Feb 2020

On Sat 7 Mar, Brighton Women’s Centre (BWC) will host the city’s largest annual International Women’s Day celebrations in partnership with Brighton Dome and Royal Pavilion & Museums.With gender equality firmly on the agenda, this free and inclusive event celebrates women’s achievements while raising…
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Brighton Dome Access Scheme Launches at Open Day

20 Feb 2020

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival has launched a new service to assist visitors with disabilities and other access needs to make their experience at the venue easier and more enjoyable. The Access Scheme enables customers who have additional requirements to book accessible seats, arrange for venue staff to assist…

Welcome to the Imagine Nation with Lemn Sissay Brighton Festival 2020

11 Feb 2020

The acclaimed British and Ethiopian poet, playwright, broadcaster and speaker, Lemn Sissay MBE has launched Brighton Festival 2020 welcoming everyone to the Imagine Nation from 2 to 24 May 2020.Brighton Festival is the largest annual, curated multi-arts festival in England and will feature over 120 events taking place…
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Get to know: Saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis

6 Feb 2020

Pee Wee Ellis is heading on tour this spring with a new show that tells the story of funk. FUNK: A Music Revolution kicks off at Brighton Dome on Sat 29 Feb. Pee Wee leads the show, with co-curator China Moses and a line-up including world-renowned musicians, Brighton local Omar MBE, rapper Lady Sanity and dance…
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Who were the suffragettes found hiding in Brighton Dome's organ?

6 Feb 2020

Brighton Dome was an important centre of activity for Brighton members of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in the early twentieth century, with suffragette leaders Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst, Emmeline Pethick Lawrence and Lady Emily Lutyens at the forefront of the WSPU. In 2018, Brighton Dome was officially…

The end of the world will be broadcast from Worthing in Brighton Festival 2020 theatre show

30 Jan 2020

The classic science fiction story, The War of the Worlds is playfully reimagined for the Fake News generation.Adapted by Rhum and Clay Theatre Company, the show comes to Worthing’s Connaught Theatre next May as part of Brighton Festival 2020. Inspired by H.G. Wells’ novel and Orson Welles’ legendary…

Carlos Acosta brings his critically acclaimed Cuban dance company to Brighton Dome

29 Jan 2020

Following the success of Acosta Danza’s Brighton debut in 2017, the critically acclaimed Cuban company return to Brighton Dome on 17 & 18 Mar 2020 with Evolution as part of a UK-wide spring tour. With a programme of four new and existing dance works, the company will be joined on stage by world renowned…
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Bring on the FUNK! A music revolution kicks off at Brighton Dome this February

27 Jan 2020

James Brown collaborator Pee Wee Ellis and singer China Moses bring FUNK: A Music Revolution to Brighton Dome on Sat 29 February, celebrating the genre’s influence featuring a line-up of renowned musicians channelling the spirit of funk across the generations. Renowned saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis co-wrote the…

Get to know: Poet Joelle Taylor

24 Jan 2020

This March, we present spoken word showcase Trope in partnership with leading spoken word and poetry organisation Apple and Snakes. Headlining Trope is award-winning poet, playwright and author Joelle Taylor. Joelle has performed her poetry internationally and is host and editor of Out-Spoken…

Memory Making with Brighton Dome’s Umbrella Club

22 Jan 2020

Umbrella Club is a Brighton Dome initiative for children and young people with long-term illnesses and life-shortening conditions and their families or carers. The club provides free invitations to a range of Brighton Dome events to offer fun experiences in a safe space that creates meaningful memories. In previous…
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Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation supports Brighton & Hove young musicians to ‘unlock hidden talents’

21 Jan 2020

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival’s music education service, led by Brighton & Hove Music & Arts (BHMA) has received a grant of £15,000 from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation to support children who wouldn’t normally have access to music making.The SoundCity Young Musicians Bursary Scheme provides…

Zog and Peppa take centre stage at Brighton Dome family shows

16 Jan 2020

Families looking for things to keep little people entertained over the spring school holidays can find a whole range of events at Brighton Dome. During February half term, everyone’s favourite dragon, Zog takes to the stage in a new adaption by Freckle Productions. Based on the bestselling children’s book…
Brighton Dome Concert Hall after its 1867 transformation by architect Philip Lockwood

Heritage Talk: Women in Entertainment with Louise Peskett

14 Jan 2020

Louise Peskett joins us on Fri 7 Feb for a lunchtime talk delving into the history of women entertainers who have appeared in some of Brighton’s much-loved venues, including our very own Concert Hall. We speak to Louise to find out more about the notorious women of Brighton and what to expect from her talk. Hi…

Music at Brighton Dome

13 Jan 2020

We have an array of musical talent coming to Brighton Dome. From fresh, upcoming artists to artists that will make you nostalgic. Here is a quick look at who’s coming to town…ClannadMon 23 MarClannad fuse elements of traditional Irish music with more contemporary folk, new age, and rock. The Grammy and BAFTA award…

Amadou & Mariam and the Blind Boys of Alabama

11 Jan 2020

Malian duo Amadou & Mariam will be performing with Grammy award-winning the Blind Boys of Alabama exclusively at Brighton Festival in May ahead of their London date.Amadou & Mariam made a name for themselves playing Malian blues. They have released a string of acclaimed albums, working with…

First Show Announced for Brighton Festival 2020

10 Jan 2020

Brighton Festival, the biggest annual multi-arts festival in England returns next year from 2 to 24 May 2020 with a world première by Hofesh Shechter Company.Double Murder is a thrilling new two-part contemporary dance for our times, led by the multitalented choreographer Hofesh Shechter OBE and performed by ten…

Brighton Festival 2020 Guest Director is acclaimed poet Lemn Sissay MBE

10 Jan 2020

Lemn Sissay is a passionate and powerful voice whose performances are humbling and exhilarating.– Kate Tempest, 2017 Brighton Festival Guest DirectorThe acclaimed British and Ethiopian poet, playwright, broadcaster and speaker, Lemn Sissay MBE has been announced as the twelfth Brighton Festival Guest Director,…

Everything you need to know about Lemn Sissay

10 Jan 2020

The much-loved British and Ethiopian poet, playwright, broadcaster and speaker, Lemn Sissay MBE is Brighton Festival’s Guest Director in 2020. Here are a few interesting facts about Lemn’s life and work.Aged 21, Lemn published his first book of poems, Tender Fingers in a Clenched Fist, and sold it in pubs, at political…

From Tea Dances to Rock n Roll, Bring Your Stories to Life for Our Heritage Project

9 Jan 2020

Were you mesmerised by Pink Floyd’s first performance of Dark Side of the Moon? Did you sneak into David Bowie’s infamous 1973 Ziggy Stardust gig as a teenager? Have you got a special memory of taking part in Brighton Festival Children’s Parade? Or did you ever perform on the Brighton Dome stage?Brighton Dome &…