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The Marlborough Theatre

Brighton United Kingdom

The Marlborough Theatre is a unique venue in the heart of Brighton, a beautiful miniature proscenium arch stage complete with velvet curtains. The theatre is buzzing year round with theatre, comedy, music, workshops and literature events, we specialise in the weird, wonderful and unexpected. The theatre is also available for hire.

The Marlborough is also the home of Pink Fringe, producers of Queer and LGBT performance events year round. Visit for details of upcoming events.


HIP Trip of Brighton: A Psychedelic Wander

May 05, 2017 6:00 PM - May 28, 2017 3:00 PM

Last year's sell-out show returns as an interactive journey through Brighton's counterculture heyday, around the North Laine and beyond.
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The Poetry We Make

May 06, 2017 5:45 PM - May 07, 2017 5:45 PM

She loves Him. She gets him and he gets her... until the day he decides to be someone she refuses to recognise. Who did she fall in love with: a body, a soul, a gender? Can Elliott learn to love Robin as a woman? Flugelman Productions presents Jaswinder Blackwell-Pal's touching new play about love, loss, Dolly Parton and understanding yourself beyond your gender.
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Nicole Henriksen: Techno Glitter Penguins

May 06, 2017 7:30 PM - May 12, 2017 10:15 PM

Award-nominated alternative Australian comedian, Nicole Henriksen, makes her Brighton debut with 'Techno Glitter Penguins', a fresh serving of her trademark high-energy, pro-femme, absurd comedy goodness.
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Lucy McCormick's 'Triple Threat'

May 06, 2017 9:00 PM

Post-popular prodigy Lucy McCormick and her Girl Squad present a trashstep-dubpunk morality play for the modern world. Casting herself in all the main roles, Lucy attempts to re-connect to her moral conscience by reenacting the New Testament via a Nu-wave holy trinity of dance, power ballads and performance art. With trademark absurdism and enthusiasm in the face of existential deadlock.
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Carol Cates

May 06, 2017 10:30 PM - May 07, 2017 9:15 PM

Carol Cates has been performing all over the world since winning the Latest 7 Brighton Fringe Best Music Event. Returning, at last, to Brighton Fringe with a brand new show.
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Nicole Henriksen is Makin' It Rain

May 07, 2017 7:30 PM - May 13, 2017 10:15 PM

Alternative comedian Nicole Henriksen brings her highlyrated, unflinching, and cheeky theatre debut to Brighton. 'Makin' It Rain' is a frank look behind the scenes of life as a high-class tease and an examination of our society's relationship with sexuality, gender and image.
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The Room in the Elephant

May 08, 2017 8:00 PM - May 17, 2017 9:00 PM

An exact re-creation of three men's attempt to come up with an avant-garde performance leads to conversations about art, ambition, evolution and masculinity. Composed from taped conversations made in the heat of the moment, this louche celebration of male camaraderie dares to be about exactly what's on our minds
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Darkroom Diaries

May 12, 2017 7:15 PM - May 14, 2017 7:15 PM

Dutch comedian Johan Goossens is looking for love in all the wrong places. Dive with him into the darkrooms of Amsterdam.
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May 12, 2017 9:00 PM - May 13, 2017 9:00 PM

OUT is about shape shifting; to be black enough, straight enough, Jamaican enough... Challenging homophobia and transphobia within Caribbean communities, OUT is a conversation between two bodies, reclaiming dancehall and celebrating queerness amongst the bittersweet scent of oranges.
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Bad Master

May 16, 2017 7:30 PM - May 17, 2017 7:30 PM

Female sketch trio, viral video creators, and all around bad-asses, Muriel, bring you their offbeat brand of peculiar characters, political satire and pop culture parody. 'Bad Master' is a multi-media comedy show blending recorded and live sketch to parody the world of internet videos.
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I'm The Hero of This Story

May 20, 2017 6:00 PM - May 21, 2017 6:00 PM

CTRL ALT DEL: Restart, Repeat, Restart, Repeat... This is about not knowing where you belong. In this honest and powerful performance, Roxanne blends theatre, spoken word and music to open conversations about the expectations of young women. This is a work in progress. Supported by The Junction and The Marlborough Theatre.
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Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons

May 20, 2017 7:30 PM - May 21, 2017 7:30 PM

"I can't know you in one hundred and forty." "Try." The average person will speak 123,205,750 words in a lifetime. 'Lemons' imagines a world with a limit; a world where we are forced to say less. In a year of questionable politics and censored thoughts, Fight or Flight presents Sam Steiner's exploration of relationships, free speech and democracy.
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Sophie Willan: Edinburgh Preview

May 20, 2017 9:00 PM - May 21, 2017 9:00 PM

In this highly anticipated follow up to her 2016 smash hit debut 'On Record', this exciting new voice and force to be reckoned with is back with another bold and original show.
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May 22, 2017 7:00 PM

Its time for a show of radical gestures and tough words. Look and listen to the students of the MA Performance and Visual Practices as they return to the Marlborough Theatre with a show that smashes normality and attends to the smithereens. We will strut the stage, collect syllables and feel our way through the thicket. Something will emerge.
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The Dog and Pony Show (Bring Your Own Pony)

May 24, 2017 7:30 PM

A blend of autobiography, animal behavior, and bald faced lies, the show is a comic/poetic meditation on a midlife crisis in the key of canine. After several years as self-described professional homosexual spent preaching to the perverted and getting into the craw of the religious right, Hughes disbands her one (wo)man dog and pony show, takes a real job at a prestigious university, acquiring a small pack of dogs, and must ask herself: what is sound of one lesbian clapping? (Could it be barking?)
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Fran & Leni

May 25, 2017 7:30 PM - May 26, 2017 7:30 PM

1976. Fran and Leni meet in a North London comp. Three years later they are The Rips; girls with guitars, bored of playing nice. Music, sex, tits and spitting. A two-girl escape from everything sugar and spice. Old Trunk provoked laughter and tears at Latitude and Edinburgh with this full-throttle tale of escape and lifelong friendship.
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Gypsy Queen

May 25, 2017 9:00 PM - May 27, 2017 9:15 PM

The story of 'Gorgeous' George O'Connell. A bare-knuckle ghter and traveller, who enters the world of professional boxing, putting him on a collision course with his roots, his identity and his greatest fear.
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Mrs. Oscar Wilde

May 27, 2017 5:45 PM - May 28, 2017 5:45 PM

Constance Lloyd: rarely remembered. A feminist, writer and mother, she is mostly remembered as the wife of infamous Victorian, Oscar Wilde. A one woman show, 'Mrs. Oscar Wilde' is told using letter excerpts - revealing a wit to rival her husband's, a dry humour and sense of self that will have every audience member rooting for a tragic heroine.
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How Eva Von Schnippisch Won WWII

May 27, 2017 7:30 PM - May 29, 2017 7:30 PM

Germanys greatest cabaret star transforms into Britains No.1 spy and is given the toughest mission of all: infiltrate to the top! Eva tells a "gut-bustingly funny, daring and witty" action-packed story of love, betrayal, the 'other' Eva...and debunks the bunker story in "a joyful night of hilarious anti-fascist feminist propaganda ***** (Everything Theatre).
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The Beauty of a Failing Body

May 28, 2017 2:00 PM

Starting from a physical quest, we will search for intentions and ways to communicate with your audience non-verbally.
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Sex Education

May 30, 2017 7:30 PM - May 31, 2017 7:30 PM

One parent refuses to talk about sex. The other parent buys their child gay porn DVDs. Revisiting the explicit films his dad bought him at fourteen, Harry Clayton-Wright explores the ways in which we learn about sex and how that shapes us later in life. "Genius" (Cosmopolitan).
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May 30, 2017 9:00 PM - May 31, 2017 9:00 PM

In this show, one woman will take over all the roles in Macbeth. She's sick of men getting all the good parts!
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The Girl From Oz

May 31, 2017 10:30 PM - June 02, 2017 10:30 PM

Courtney Act takes you over the rainbow and down under in her new show: 'The Girl from Oz' Chock-full of hits and high notes, you will leave this show realising theres no place like her home!
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June 01, 2017 6:00 PM - June 03, 2017 6:00 PM

Sex: we (almost) all do it, but we hardly talk about it. Theatre company Gehring and Ketelaars share, together with journalist Gian van Grunsven, new insights about what sexuality is and can be, in a playful and inspiring crossover between theatre and journalism.
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Who Do You Think You Are? Barbara Brownskirt.

June 01, 2017 7:30 PM - June 02, 2017 7:30 PM

Darkly funny, this pathos-fuelled poetry/theatre show follows Barbara Brownskirt, the unsuccessful selfappointed lesbian Poet-in-Residence of the 197 bus stop, as she attempts to discover who she is and why she is here. Fans of Rik Mayall and Tim Key will approve.
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A Jealous Lassie's Karma

June 01, 2017 9:00 PM - June 02, 2017 9:00 PM

A collection of mad cap poems, songs, skits and sociopolitical observations, all performed with linguistic relish, by the terrifically energetic Derek McLuckie. Derek morphs from dead Glezga neddy lassies into Marilyn Monroe's grotesquely glamorous assassin. Using vivid language and outrageous characters, Derek explores squalor, sex, and the gay man's idolatry of dead Hollywood stars.
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June 03, 2017 4:30 PM - June 04, 2017 4:30 PM

Amsterdam Fringe 2016 award-winners: two dancers take on a relentless, physically and mentally challenging dance duet, where they, and the audience, experience the infinity and emptiness of the 'Zero Mark'. Their energy and focus is complete and uncompromising - utterly absorbed, driven by the beat.
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June 03, 2017 7:30 PM - June 04, 2017 7:30 PM

'Stimela' has swept across the globe like a tidal wave of soaring voices and stomping feet. Gumboot dancing was born out of the oppressive gold mines of South Africa. The slave-labourers developed their own language by slapping their gumboots and rattling their ankle chains, celebrating the body as a musical instrument whilst highlighting South Africa's rich and complex culture.
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Just An Ordinary Lawyer

June 03, 2017 9:00 PM - June 04, 2017 9:00 PM

Nigerian Tunji Sowande quietly breaks through multiple barriers to become Britains first Black judge in 1978.
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Nick Capaldi - The Neon Heart Tour

June 09, 2017 8:00 PM

Nick Capaldi brings his tour to Brighton in support of his brand new album 'Neon Heart'. Expect an evening of quirky, melodic pop/rock from Nick and his Band.
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Absurdly Fabulous!

June 18, 2017 7:00 PM

Feature length show inspired by the hit 90s sitcom. A night of debauchery, fashion and celebrity created by you, the audience.
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Foghorn Unscripted Double Bill

June 18, 2017 7:00 PM

Buy tickets for both Absurdy Fabulous! & The Secret Life of Audience.
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The Secret Life of the Audience

June 18, 2017 8:30 PM

Ever wanted to see your life acted out on stage? Foghorn Unscripted will combine the memories, hopes and dreams of audience members to create a life story on stage. A show that is as funny as it is touching.
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The Marlborough Theatre
Marlborough Productions

4 Princes Street
Brighton BN1 1RD

01273 273870



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