Live Is Alive!
Artists announced

29 Sep 2020

Find out who's playing at each Live Is Alive! event - four consecutive Saturday evenings of live music at Brighton Dome, from 17 October to 7 November 2020. Each event features local emerging artists and bands, programmed and presented in collaboration with grassroots music venues.Tickets on sale nowFind out more…
A microphone on stage for Hydrocker's Masterclass Stand Up Comedy

Live Is Alive!
Brighton music re-takes our stage

29 Sep 2020

Tickets on sale now Brighton’s music venues are joining forces to programme a series of live gigs to support and protect the city’s vibrant music scene. Live Is Alive! will take place at Brighton Dome and via livestream over four consecutive Saturday evenings from 17 October 2020. Each event will feature…

Brighton Dome Employee Creates Artwork to Support Our Future

25 Sep 2020

As part of our #BringBackBrightonDome Crowdfunder campaign we’ve interviewed some of the people who have donated their work or offered their in-kind support to help secure our future re-opening.Graham Cameron has been a Visitor Services Assistant at Brighton Dome for nearly 20 years. During lockdown Graham has been working…

Artists Support our Crowdfunder #BringBackBrightonDome with Brighton Festival Prints 

24 Sep 2020

A series of exclusive, high quality screen prints now available! We selected four art works after surveying our nearest and dearest which they preferred from our 54-year back catalogue of Brighton Festival brochure covers.The favourites were:Visual artist David Shrigley’s illustration from 2018Leading design agency Johnson…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

'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…

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…
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…
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange Window

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,…

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…

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…