PREVIEW: Spotlight on Eastbourneā€™s new theatre offerings

Brian Butler January 19, 2022

That iconic creator of Dame Edna, Barry Humphries shows the man behind the mask as part of a great theatrical season at Eastbourneā€™s Congress and Devonshire Park Theatres.

The season includes a one-night stand-up from Josh Widdicombe ( 12 February), and the UK tour of Kander and Ebbā€™s 1920ā€™s razzling dazzling musical Chicago, starring Russell Watson and Dancing On Iceā€™s Faye Brookes.( 14-19 February).

The London Philharmonic will be in concert with the genius Sheku Kanneh-Mason, playing Shostakovichā€™s Cello Concerto (20 February). Strictly dance stars Anton and Erin tread the boards in a spectacular show featuring the music of Elton, Tom Jones, Bassey and the Spice Girls (25 February). And March opens with the touring version of ABBA musical Mamma Mia! Itā€™ll be the time of your life ( 1-12 March).

Griff Rhys Jones and Janie Dee star in the comedy An Hour And A Half Late ( 7-12 March), which is also presented in Brighton, so youā€™ve got double the chances to catch it. A new exciting take on the story of Frankenstein is at the Devonshire Park from 15-19 March, presented by Blackeyed Theatre.

Other highlights include the Russian State Opera, comedian Jasper Carrott, Astor Big Bandā€™s Glenn Miller Story, and Julian Claryā€™s hilarious Born To Mince.

Barry Humphries – The Man Behind The Mask brings the Dame Edna Everage creator to the stage as himself in what promises to be an evening of revelations and surprises. Heā€™s on at the Devonshire Park on 28 and 29 April. Dallas legend Patrick Duffy and Linda Purl from Happy Days star in a mystery about a missing wife and an impostor in Catch Me If You Can (9-14 May).

Another act thatā€™s been the rounds and still entertains massively – Fascinating Aida – are on at the Congress on 20 May, starring Dillie Keane, Adele Anderson and Liza Pulman – worth it just to hear Cheap Flights. And thereā€™s another chance to see the stunning Six The Musical – a rocking romp of girl power at the court of Henry VIII (31 May-5 June).

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