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 a Community Interest Company (CIC) associated with the Grace Eyre Foundation, which 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 Club House

Friday, 18 May 2018

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

The Purple Club House presents: a club night special with live music by Grace Eyre Rocks and by Barnaby and Louis! Dance to DJs, watch films and do a quiz.

There will be a drinks bar. This club is run by people with learning disabilities.

Cost: £4 on the door. Carers get in free.

More info about the Purple Club House


Strode’s College

Sunday, 20 May 2018 at 7:30 pm

An evening of new and exciting work from students nearing the end of their acting training at Strode’s College. Inspired by leading contemporary theatre practitioners, these aspiring performers from Surrey have devised a series of plays that aim to provoke, stimulate and entertain modern audiences especially for Brighton Fringe 2018.

Cost: £10 General / £5 Concession

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I Married an Alien Card Sharp

Tuesday, 22 May 2018 at 8:00 pm | Thursday, 24 May at 8:00 pm and 9:30 pm

I did the one-handed shuffle he’d shown me, which I’d spent a year practising. “In a poker game that’ll get you killed” he snarled, “you’re giving away the secret!” I just did card tricks, but uncle Sidney, US airman, was a hustler. “Magic isn’t about showing off. It’s about the effect you create, bending the laws of the universe. You don’t want them to think you have skills!” Award-nominated performance artist Anton Binder returns to Brighton Fringe with his latest devised piece, a mix of drama and close-up illusion. Like Derren Brown directed by David Lynch.

This project is supported by a Brighton Lions bursary.

Cost: £8 General / £6.50 Concession

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Grace Eyre Street

Wednesday, 23 May 2018 at 7:30 pm | Wednesday, 30 May 2018 at 7:30 pm

Following a successful debut in 2017, we’ll be taking another trip to ‘Grace Eyre Street’ to meet some new characters! A showcase of live short performances made by artists with learning disabilities from Brighton, Hove and beyond will be punctuated by intervals when people can explore a visual art exhibition and enjoy a drink from the bar.

This project is supported by the BN1 Magazine bursary.

Cost: £8 General / £6 Concession

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‘Bassett’ and ‘The Grandfathers’

Saturday, 26 May 2018 at 7:00 pm | Sunday, 27 May at 3:00 pm

Ariel Company Theatre are proud to make their Brighton Fringe debut. In ‘Bassett’, the supply teacher has gone a bit nuts, doing a runner and locking the pupils in. Tensions are high today, a day when a repatriation of fallen British soldiers is happening along the high street – as it has many times before through this quiet Wiltshire town. And this one is more personal than most. National service ended in the UK over fifty years ago, but young people worldwide are still conscripted into the armed forces.

‘The Grandfather’ follows nine young soldiers as they train to defend their nation.

Cost: £11 General

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The Fairy Prince

Sunday, 27 May 2018 at 11:00 am and 12:00 pm

Follow the adventures of ‘The Fairy Prince’ as he tries to prove to everyone that he is a Prince! The only problem is that nobody knows where the crown is. Come along and join in the fun! There will be singing and audience interaction and lots of laughs!

Cost: Free

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Dee Myself and I

Monday, 28 May 2018 at 6:30 pm | Tuesday, 29 May at 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm

Exciting new play exploring mental health and depression, by Women in Black Productions and Skyers Productions. Directed by Stephanie Fynn, winner of ‘Best of The Fest’ Winners at The International Youth Arts Festival 2017. ‘Dee, Myself and I’ tells the story of Thea, a young woman who is struggling to cope with everyday life… enter Dee. Thea’s internal battle is played out before the audience as Dee tries to infiltrate every aspect of who she is. Exploring the often taboo subjects of mental illness and depression, this play unapologetically tackles these issues in an all too real way.

Cost: £9 General / £5 Concession

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Thursday, 31 May 2018 at 6:30 pm | Friday, 1 June 2018 at 6:30 pm | Saturday, 2 June at 2:00 pm and 6:30 pm | Sunday, 3 June at 2:00 pm and 6:30 pm

No one talks about the parents. Your only child is getting married to someone of the same sex. Oh God, what will Grandad say? We are all so busy being there for our kids, we don’t think to examine how WE feel about it. Yes, we are happy for them, that they have found love and are secure, but it’s not what we saw when they were born. We saw grandchildren and wedding dresses and, dare someone say, a normal life? This beautiful and tender examination of one mother’s thoughts as she approaches her gay son’s wedding reminds us that families aren’t perfect. But love certainly is. A must see show.

Cost: £5 General

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Thursday, 31 May 2018 at 8:00 pm | Friday, 1 June 2018 at 8:00 pm | Saturday, 2 June at 3:30 pm and 8:00 pm | Sunday, 3 June at 3:30 pm and 8:00 pm

Are you black or white… girl or boy… straight or gay? Well? Or doesn’t it matter? Oh, it matters! Purple Theatre are dedicated to exploring the world of race and gender neutrality, the ‘no man’s land’, as it were, of identity. ‘Boxes’ drops you energetically into the world of two people who, faced with the task of organising a loved one’s affairs after their death, discover a wealth of information about their family and themselves. Featuring music, movement and sharp dialogue, the two polar personalities clash as they realise they are very different and exactly the same. Strap yourself in. Touch tours available on request, please email [email protected] to book.

This project is supported by an encoreinsure.com Brighton Fringe bursary.

Cost: £9 General

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Purple Comedy Night with Phil Lucas

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Doors open at 7:30 pm, Show starts at 8:00 pm

Purple Comedy returns in June with the fabulous Phil Lucas.

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

Tickets available soon

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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