It’s hard to believe that it is nine years since we lost the truly inspirational Adrian Bunting, one of the most brilliant theatre makers this city has ever seen. But there is little doubt that he would be wearing that magical grin knowing that his legacy, Brighton Open Air Theatre, has become such a resounding success. And the six month long season for 2022 is testament to that.

Looking through the digital brochure it is hard to work out how one might possibly get to see all the shows that appeal. There’s a wealth of theatre, old and new, local and touring, there’s a truly stellar line up of stand-up comedy with names that we will all know and love and there’s even a season of drag if that’s your bag.

Here’s are just a handful of shows that I cannot wait to see…


Having see Sarah Mann’s extraordinarily accomplished production of  The Lady In The Van and Abigail’s Party I cannot wait to see what they do  with this TV comedy classic.

“If there was any justice, instead of farting about on SAGA cruises we would be doing loads of drugs and bonking ourselves into oblivion!”

The characters from the famous BBC sitcom Waiting for God are brilliantly re-imagined for 2022, facing the challenges that come with growing old disgracefully in the era of the silver surfer. At Bayview Retirement Village, feisty, retired war zone reporter Diana Trent conspires with new and eccentric resident raver Tom Ballard to give the conniving manager Harvey Baines his comeuppance with unexpectedly heart-warming results.

Wednesday 17 -20 August, Matinee on Saturday


Having seen the Brighton Beachboys recreate the classic albums Blue by Joni Mitchell and Tapestry by Carole King at PierFest of Brighton Palace Pier last summer I am drawn to Gen Richardson’s One Man Live Aid, the epic concert of hope, charity and rock legends? Well, Glen Richardson has decided to recreate the Wembley Stadium bit at BOAT – single handed! It’s going to be the charity singalong to end them all!

Sunday 8 May 1pm


Funny That! Is back once again and promises to be a sell out hoot. Returning for a third year running, Funny That’s previous sell-out shows have included Russell Howard, Al Murray, Sara Pascoe, Seann Walsh, Mark Steel, Milton Jones, Stephen K Amos, Zoe Lyons, and Angela Barnes. Expect to see many of those faces returning in 2022, with some more big names too!

Keep an eye peeled for an amazindg line-up as seats are bound to sell out fast for this opportunity to catch those big names in the intimate setting of BOAT.

There’s so much more to see, shows for kids, a huge Brighton Fringe presence and a feast of fun for all the family, although not necessarily at the same time.

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