LATEST NEWS FROM 88 LONDON ROAD
Drama at Brighton theatre 88 London Road is not always restricted to the stage. Taking a rundown Methodist church and turning it into a theatre and working space for the community has been an epic journey so far for proprietor James Weisz, and the latest act is still unfolding.
For those who have visited, the theatre at the rear of the building was accessed through a large, quirky and impactful space used as a café-bar and community meeting place. Sadly, the curtains have had to come down on the café-bar now as the upkeep of the facilities and inconsistent income proved too much of a challenge for the 88 team and a drain on the theatre company.
“My passion is concentrating on theatre and the arts in Brighton and continuing to run as a CIC [community interest company],” says James Weisz, “and to do that and still keep 88 London Road operational, the company which ran the café-bar has had to go. We are now awaiting a new café operator to take over the front section of the premises.
On the positive side, our recent production of Treasure Island at Brighton Open Air Theatre (BOAT) was very well received and our new performances of Sweeney Todd are running to 29th October, also with great reviews. I remain committed to continuing to make home-grown theatre and professional productions at 88 London Road accessible, and the support already received from colleagues in the cultural sector locally are testament to the artistic heart and soul of this city.”
To enjoy the lighter evenings and plethora of events we have on over the Brighton Festival and Fringe period, 88 London Road will be changing its opening times. Still open daily, we will now open our doors at 11:30am Monday - Friday and from 10am Saturday & Sundays. We'll be closing at 12:30am Tuesday - Saturday and at 6pm on Sunday & Mondays.
Paul Levy from FringeReview popped into the venue last week to talk to Lloyd Ryan Thomas and Matt Devitt about playing Mum & Dad and why Berkoff's 40 year-old play is still igniting the interest of theatre-makers and audiences today. Listen to the full interview.
Our recent rebrand and upcoming plans were featured this month in Fine Magazine. The publication sat down with our artistic director, James Weisz to talk community interest theatre, the struggles involved in repurposing methodist churches, and the exciting developments going on here in London Road.
88 London Road celebrates its birthday this year by throwing open its doors to all, inviting customers to take advantage of this rare chance at a sneak-peak behind the scenes of the theatre.
88 London Road invited The Brighton Source into the rehearsal rooms for our upcoming production of Berkoff's inimitable EAST.
88 London Road is ecstatic to be bringing Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street to the venue later this year.