Music & Entertainment with Joe Fuller
1 Choral music fans might want to try a concert this Saturday featuring the brilliant Brighton Consort. The evening is titled Requiem Royal and includes Henry Purcell’s Funeral Sentences For Queen Mary, as well as different instrumental music featuring a chamber organ and a brass ensemble.
Brighton Consort, St George’s Church, 22 April, 7.30pm, £12-£14
2 For a heavier gig there’s Meat Wave at The Joker, whose recently released album The Incessant was produced by the great Steve Albini of Big Black and Shellac fame. The band enjoy playing the UK because the “hospitality and respect for punk bands is unparalleled”, so they should be in a happy mood.
Meat Wave, The Joker, 21 April, 8pm, £7
3 This new production of Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead marks the 50th anniversary of Tom Stoppard’s situation comedy play. The live screening from the Old Vic stars
The Boy Who Lived, Daniel Radcliffe, as well as Joshua McGuire and David Haig.
NT Live, 20 April, Odeon, 7pm, £15-£17.50
4 On the back of rave reviews for its Sadler’s Wells run, choreographer Jasmin Vardimon’s adaptation of the classic fairy tale Pinocchio comes to the Theatre Royal. The visuals and movement look striking, so the one-off Brighton night could be something special.
Pinocchio, Theatre Royal Brighton, 22 April, 7.30pm, £16.90-£32.90
Comedy with Victoria Nangle
5 Simon Brodkin’s geezer alter-ego Lee Nelson brings his new show to town – Serious Joker. Having gained more attention of late for his gonzo-style pranking of the X Factor, Donald Trump, and – most famously – FIFA’s Sepp Blatter, Brodkin is back on familiar ground mining the guile and outspokenness of Nelson for acclaimed comedy.
Theatre Royal Brighton, Wednesday 19 April, 7.30pm, £24.15
6 Book now for this Edinburgh preview treat. A show of two halfs – part one is taken up with Suzi Ruffell, a Pompey favourite comedian and one half of popular podcast ‘Like Minded Friends’. Part two welcomes The Two Stupids, made up of experienced comics Michael Legge and Caroline Mabey having anarchic fun with new material.
Caroline Of Brunswick, Tuesday 25 April, 7.30pm, £5/3
Arts with Brighton’s Arty
7 Take part in a striking creative response to Brexit, Trump and the wider challenges we’re facing at ONCA Gallery. It’s currently hosting SWAY, a community art exhibition that features paper swallows suspended from the ceiling, which the public can add to over the course of the show. At 14 St George’s Place until 23 April.
8 A witty pastiche of Jack Vettriano’s Bluebird at Bonneville, ‘The Brighton Bluebird’ is by Kemp Town artist Terry Horton and replaces the original’s mountainous backdrop with our beloved Victorian Seafront Arches currently under refurbishment, where car rallies are held every year. For more Vettriano classics with a local twist, go to hortonart.wordpress.com. www.artymagazines.com