Brighton Dome Corn Exchange Window

Corn Exchange Transformation

The Grade I listed building has been carefully restored

Welcome Home to (and from) Brighton Dome

November 2023

Live performance returned to Brighton Dome's Corn Exchange.

A group of musicians on stage wearing penguin heads

May 2023

Brighton Dome's Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre re-opened with Van Gogh Alive on 20 May 2023. We welcomed over 77,000 people in to our magnificently restored and refurbished spaces.

A child inside Van Gogh Alive pointing at some art on the wall

September 2022

New retractable seating was installed, increasing the venue's capacity to 505 for seated shows.

Rows of retractable seating below the grand wooden beam ceiling of the Corn Exchange

January 2022

The flooring was updated.

Three builders working on installing flooring

September 2021

Following 18 months of extensive repairs and strengthening, the scaffold came down to reveal the stunning original timber frame.

April 2021

Scaffolding was removed from the venue's Church Street entrance, revealing its ornate facade.

December 2020

6500 linear meters of solid oak cladding were installed on the Corn Exchange walls.

October 2020

16,000 Welsh slate tiles (weighing 55 tonnes) were replaced on the Corn Exchange roof, to keep the building protected from weather damage

March 2020

Structural steel tie-rods were installed to strengthen the 200-year old timber frame, to help keep it standing for another 200 years.

January 2020

This intricate frame of scaffolding known as a 'bird cage' has been installed in the Corn Exchange to allow construction workers to access the widest span timber frame in the country for the first time in over 200 years.

December 2019

Close up of the building’s wooden frame taken from the new viewing balcony.

June 2019

The beautiful Corn Exchange windows.

April 2019

Restoration of the Art Deco statue depicting Ceres, the Roman Goddess of Agriculture, standing above the Corn Exchange entrance on Church Street.

January 2018 -

All under-floor areas were structurally complete including backstage access areas, storage and retractable seating, meaning more space and more variety of shows.

November 2017

All concrete flooring was in place, and steel foundations for the fixed balcony were installed.

May 2017

The builders started work on the demolition phase, clearing and excavating the the floor to prepare for the new storage and seating spaces.

January 2017

Work began to strip the Corn Exchange of all equipment, furnishings and technical lighting to prepare for the building works.

Support Our Past, Present and Future

There are many ways you can help to support this unique project either through a donation or corporate gift, naming a seat in our new spaces, or volunteering with our heritage team. If you are interested in becoming a major supporter or would like more details about naming a seat please contact our development team: