When the sun goes down on the Brighton Fringe and The Warren at Victoria Gardens on 11 July, the countdown is on for The Warren on the Beach. From 23 July to 30 August, The Warren on the Beach will be situated East of the Pier, next to the Volks Railway Aquarium Station, offering up another six weeks of theatre, cabaret, comedy and family shows, alongside an outdoor stage, street food and bars.
The open-air site is free to enter, allowing beach-goers to pop in for a drink at one of the sun-drenched bars, or check out free entertainment on the outdoor stage. Ticket buyers can enjoy the thrill of live entertainment within the COVID secure venue, The Oil Shed. The Oil Shed is an indoor/outdoor venue constructed from chequered, repurposed oil drums allowing free-flowing ventilation around the theatre.
Festival-goers can catch some of the UK’s leading comics and circuit regulars at The Late Show (23 July - 29 August). Fresh off their success at The Warren, where Resident MC Dave Fensome played host to Romesh Ranganathan, Milton Jones, Zoe Lyons, and Reginald D Hunter, The Late Show will continue to provide star-studded line-ups at its beachfront residence every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Confirmed acts include Marcel Lucont (29 July), Angela Barnes (26 August), Felicity Ward (27 August) and many more.
Iconic Brighton comedy night Krater Comedy (24 July - 28 August) will be trekking down to the beach from their usual home at Komedia for a weekly comedy night in the shadow of the Pier featuring top UK and international comedians, as seen on TV. Featuring Ian Stone (24 July), Marcus Brigstocke (21 August), and Maisie Adam (28 August).
Brighton Fringe favourites Circus Abyssinia (12 - 22 August) will return to Brighton with a brand-new, breath-taking show for all ages. Featuring dazzling feats of speed and flight, and rocking with the exuberant joy of its cast, ‘Tulu’ celebrates the true tale of an icon, Derartu Tulu, charting her rise from the humblest beginnings to become the first African woman to win Olympic gold.
Running across the Summer holidays, The Warren on the Beach is bringing fun for your little ones too. After a hugely popular run at The Warren, family favourites The Snail and the Whale (13 - 30 August) continue their national tour with a string of seaside shows. The Olivier award-winning cast brings Julia Donaldson’s much-loved picturebook to life.
Also headed to the beach is the stage adaptation of BAFTA award-winning CBeebies show Sarah and Duck (24 - 27 July). The familiar cast of colourful characters returns, transforming the enchanted on-screen tale into something far more magical.
Nicola Haydn, Artistic Director of Otherplace - the team behind the Warren on The Beach, says “We had a glorious summer on the beach last year and this summer’s festival site is set to be bigger and better than ever. I can’t wait to welcome theatre-goers, comedy fans, residents, and visitors back to enjoy more live performance”.
Warren on the Beach runs from 23 July - 30 August on Brighton Beach, East of the Pier, next to the Volks Railway Aquarium Station.