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Songs, poetry and silliness at the Bookstack cafe

Browsing for a book on Saturday (24 April)? Pop in to Bookstack in Chapel Road, Worthing around 3pm and you'll get some free entertainment, too.

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Will Yes, Minister be upstaged by real politicians?

With the absurdity of duckhouses, MPs on Legal Aid and a general election which may end in a hung parliament, the double dealing MPs and civil servants explored in a brand new stage version of classic TV comedy Yes, Minister may have been upstaged by real politicians.

In the new play by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, the Prime Minister Jim Hacker, Cabinet Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby and his Principal Private Secretary Bernard Woolley face a country in financial meltdown. The only prospect of salvation comes from morally dubious allies leading to deliciously comic consequences.
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Top names headline Crawley Folk Festival

Crawley Folk Festival this year delivers some of the finest artists on the folk scene will be performing at The Hawth over three nights at “one of the must-see events in the folk calendar” (BBC).

Friday night (25 June) kicks off with a unique take on folk music from Adrian Edmondson and The Bad Shepherds who play songs by The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Stranglers, Talking Heads, Squeeze and more with Celtic folk feel. Ade sings and plays ‘thrash mandolin’ alongside Troy Donockley (Uillean pipes, cittern, whistles, vocals) and Andy Dinan (Fiddle).

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Tommy Cooper tribute show promises a magic night

Fans of comic legend Tommy Cooper will be flocking to The Hawth, Crawley on 27 April for Clive Mantle’s tribute show Jus’ Like That!

Twenty-five years since the gangling entertainer died on stage in London, Mantle star of Casualty, Holby City and The Vicar of Dibley, re-creates the iconic comic’s memorable act of bungling magic tricks, gags and good-natured daftness.

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Down Bottle Alley

There’s a ‘Bottle Alley’ in every town, but who are the people you find there, and what is a town to make of its vagrant alcoholics? As a Hastings town councillor put it, ‘no-one leaves school with an ambition to become a street drinker.’

‘Down Bottle Alley’ is a personal story, an adaptation of Brian Charles Harding’s extraordinary biography, which has proved to be an enlightening experience even for those who thought they knew all there was to know about alcoholism and vagrancy.

To celebrate the publication of local playwright Tom O'Brien's 'Down Bottle Alley', the London Irish Theatre are returning to Hastings and offering a free performance at the launch, hosted by the White Rock Hotel.

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History Boys bring pure Bennett class to Brighton

Alan Bennett’s The History Boys comes to the Theatre Royal Brighton from Monday 29 March to Saturday 3 April as part of a UK tour.

One of the great plays of the decade and now considered a modern classic, The History Boys is set in a school in the North of England, where a bunch of boisterous, bright, funny, sixth-form boys are attempting to gain entrance to Oxford or Cambridge whilst evading the distractions of sport and sex.

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Chichester Festival Theatre announces 2010 season

With the possibility of the country emerging from the shadow of the recession, a sense of optimism is reflected in Chichester’s Festival 2010 season.  The productions include satirical comedies, sumptuous dramas and a classic musical celebrating the glamour of Broadway.  This upbeat mood is balanced by dramas which examine politics, class and human psychology, as well as a new musical version of one of the most poignant romances of all time.  The fifth season from Artistic Director Jonathan Church and Executive Director Alan Finch includes four world premieres and the return of the runaway success from Festival 09.


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Tom Conti stars in Wife After Death at Theatre Royal

Tom Conti, one of the UK’s finest comic actors, leads the cast in the world premiere of comedy Wife After Death by Eric Chappell, BAFTA award-winning author of Rising Damp, Home to Roost and Only When I Laugh.

Wife After Death opens at Theatre Royal Brighton on Wednesday 17 March and runs to Saturday 20 March at the start of a 10-date tour of the UK.

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Veritable Verbosity as London Word Festival launches

What’s your favourite word? After years of consideration, I have narrowed mine down to a top five: ‘discombobulated’, ‘drat’, ‘serendipitous’ and ‘free food’. My particular passion for the last two led me to the launch of London Word Festival, a month-long celebration of verbal dexterity, lexicographical tomfoolery and linguistic expertise. Or ‘talking and writing’, for the laymen in the back.

Crammed into a teeny bar in Shoreditch was a crowd of hipster wordsmiths, who had taken a night off from reading the dictionary to meet up and affirm the fact that Words Are Cool. Plied with wine and lettered cupcakes, guests got down to the serious business of playing scrabble and ‘adopting’ the new words that lined the walls, while organisers let us know what to expect from the festival.


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Rosamund Pike to star in Ibsen's Hedda Gabler

International star of stage and screen, Rosamund Pike, takes the lead role in Henrik Ibsen’s classic Hedda Gabler in Brighton next month.