Our Story

The Purple Playhouse Theatre near Brighton’s 7 Dials is a fully licensed, fully accessible and centrally located community resource. It is the ideal venue to host a diverse range of musical gigs, performances and events with lovely acoustics in a comfortable and welcoming setting. Our programme aims to be as diverse and inclusive as possible.

transparentThe Purple Playhouse is also much more than a theatre – we’re part of the Grace Eyre Foundation, a charity supporting people with learning disabilities that also has a range of spaces available for hire from the theatre and meeting rooms to training kitchens and even a beach hut!

All profits from performances in the Purple Playhouse Theatre, the café/bar and room hires are reinvested in Grace Eyre’s many projects and programmes supporting people with learning disabilities in Brighton & Hove and beyond.

The Purple Playhouse Theatre is also one of only three venues in Brighton to have attained Attitude is Everything’s Bronze Standard Charter of Best Practice for showing commitment to venue access to our customers and performers. Learn more about accessibility at the Purple Playhouse Theatre.

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What’s On

Purple Comedy Night with Dave Fensome

Thursday, 16 August from 7:30 pm (show starts at 8:00 pm)

Purple Comedy returns with another super stand up line up in the Purple Playhouse. It’s our very own mini Edinburgh Fringe right here in Hove ( think of all the travel and hotel costs you’re saving!). Our headliner is local star Dave Fensome shortly before his run at the Edinburgh Fringe. Compere is the fab Charmaine Davies, fresh from her stint in Edinburgh plus the fantastic Graeme Collard, Sha Wylie, Josh Dillon, Jack Abela, Patrick Hore and Kathryn Spencer.  The night as ever benefits Grace Eyre, a charity which works with adults with learning disabilities. Licensed bar.

Cost: £4 online in advance / £5 on the door

Buy tickets to Purple Comedy Night with Dave Fensome


Purple Club House

Friday, 17 August from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

The Purple Club House presents a tropical disco night! Come in fancy dress if you want to! There will also be dancing to DJs, films and a quiz. There will be a drinks bar.

This club is run by people with learning disabilities.

Cost: £4 (Carers free)

More info about the Purple Club House


Billy Bishop Goes to War

Thursday, 6 September and Friday, 7 September at 7:30 pm

The show tells the true story of Billy Bishop a Canadian World War I pilot.

“An absolute triumph: not since Journey’s End has there been a piece of theatre which conveys with such searing power what it must have been like to be a fighter and hero in the first World War.” – The Guardian

Cost: £12/£10

Buy Tickets for Billy Bishop Goes to War


Music for a While

Thursday, 11 October at 7:30 pm

Join Martha Clayton (soprano), Howard Beach (piano) and friends for a charity benefit concert in aid of Grace Eyre. Enjoy music from Purcell, Handel, Mozart, Brahms, Britten, Berstein and more.

Cost: £8/£6 in advance online or £10/£6 on the door

Buy Tickets for Music for a While


Hire the Theatre

The Purple Playhouse Theatre is a fantastic space to hire near Brighton’s 7 Dials and is an ideal place to host your performances, birthday parties, wedding parties, corporate events and more! The Purple Playhouse Theatre and café/bar are fully licensed and can be hired together.

All profits from the hiring of our spaces are reinvested into Grace Eyre’s many projects and programmes supporting people with learning disabilities in Brighton & Hove and beyond.

More information:

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Get involved

Volunteer at the Purple Playhouse Theatre

At the Purple Playhouse Theatre, volunteers are fundamental to enriching our projects. The addition of new skills and life experiences helps make a big difference to the lives of the people we support.

It’s a great way to improve your skills, build up your CV and broaden your experience for a job, college or university application. So why not increase your confidence and do something important? All our volunteers contribute to the development and direction of the projects and in return, we offer regular support as well as many training opportunities.

At the moment, we’re specifically looking for Purple Club House Volunteers.

Volunteers get involved with Grace Eyre for so many different reasons, from wanting to make a difference, to meeting new people, or to simply share your skills, for whatever reason, we would love to hear from you!

Please email [email protected] for more information or ring the Volunteer Manager at Grace Eyre on 07436 093 170.

Find us

The Purple Playhouse Theatre is conveniently located in Hove (near Brighton’s Seven Dials), approximately 15 minutes’ walk from both Brighton and Hove railway stations.

Several Brighton & Hove bus routes stop nearby including the 7, 14, 14C, 27, 37, 37B, 56 and 77.

There is on-street pay & display parking.

We are proud to be one of the most fully accessible venues in Brighton. Read more about accessibility at the Purple Playhouse Theatre.

The Purple Playhouse Theatre
36 Montefiore Road

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Tel: 07736 273 402
Email: [email protected]

Viewings of our spaces are generally available from noon to 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm Tuesday to Thursday. Please contact us to set up an appointment.


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