Here we’ve summarised some of the key venues in Brighton & Hove. The House website has more detailed information on some venues, and it also includes a search engine. We’ve included links to each venue’s website below.

Sweet Dukebox Theatre / Sweet Venues @ St Andrew’s / Sweet@The Welly

A popular black box theatre in Hove. Venue of the year at Brighton Fringe 2013, the Sweet Dukebox has a loyal customer base and a variety of programming, from comedy to cabaret to theatre. The Welly is another year-round venue, an intimate space in the centre of Brighton. Sweet also manage bookings for St Andrew’s Church (based opposite the Dukebox) at various points throughout the year.

Capacity (Dukebox): 40
Capacity (The Welly): 20
Capacity (St Andrew’s): 200

Marlborough Theatre

The Marlborough Theatre is a long-established venue with above the Marlborough pub on the boundary of the city centre and Kemptown.

Capacity: 65

Lantern Theatre

The Lantern Theatre is part of the Academy of Creative Training, a professional drama school in Kemptown.

Capacity: 50 seated / 70 standing

The Old Market (TOM)

The Old Market is located just off Western Road in Hove, and regularly takes in touring comedians, bands and theatre shows.

Capacity: 300-500

Theatre Royal

Theatre Royal Brighton is a historic Grade II listed theatre in Brighton, Sussex. The theatre hosts musicals, plays, opera and ballet throughout the year, as well as creative learning events, workshops and courses.

Capacity: 952

Brighton Dome

The Brighton Dome is an arts venue in that contains the Concert Hall, the Corn Exchange and the Studio Theatre. The Dome regularly takes in touring comedians and international theatre acts.

Capacity: 1700

Sallis Benney

The Sallis Benney Theatre is part of the University of Brighton and is located in the city centre.

Capacity: 272 seated / 400 standing


The Rialto is located just a few yards from the clock tower in Brighton. It boasts two performance areas and “Bacall’s”, a fully licensed bar.

Capacity: 70-90

Brighton Little Theatre

Brighton Little Theatre is an amateur theatre that does not as a rule take in any external productions.

Capacity: 71

New Venture Theatre

Another amateur theatre that doesn’t generally take in external productions, though has been known to host one-off shows and events.

Capacity: 80

The Windmill Theatre

Based at Blatchington Mill School, the Windmill Theatre is home to the Windmill Theatre Group. The theatre is available to hire at weekends and school holidays.

Capacity: 300


Another black-box space, this time at Seven Dials. Suitable for small performances or rehearsals.

Capacity: 50

Purple Playhouse

Upstairs at Grace Eyre, a day centre for adults with learning disabilities, the Purple Playhouse is a fully-functioning theatre located near Seven Dials.

Capacity: 60 seated / 80 standing


Brighthelm is a complex of training rooms and conference facilities in the centre of Brighton. It is also home to a fully-functioning theatre, complete with dressing rooms.

Capacity: 230


Komedia is situated in the heart of the North Laine and is home to a number of regular comedy nights in Brighton. Komedia has several spaces that can be used for a variety of shows.

Capacity: 296 seating / 400 standing

Brighton Open Air Theatre (The Boat)

Located outside at Dyke Road Park, this new amphitheatre was the dream of local actor Adrian Bunting, who sadly passed away in 2013.

Capacity: 425

Wagner Hall

Managed by local social enterprise The Platform, the Wanger Hall is a 100-capacity venue that has previously featured as The Warren during Brighton Fringe.

Capacity: 100

Ralli Hall

Situation next to Hove train station, Ralli Hall boasts a number of spaces, including a fully operational theatre and a studio with a spring floor.

Capacity: 272


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