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 Comedy Night with Dan Fardell

Thursday, 19 July 2018

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

Purple Comedy returns to the Purple Playhouse Theatre in Hove with another fantastic line up. Our headliner is the fantastic Dan Fardell.

(Please note that character comedian Colin Hoult who was due to headline as his brilliant creation, the star of stage and screen ANNA MANN will return later in the year).

MC is Carl Carzana, runner up Bath New Comedian of the Year 2018. Plus the fabulous Charmaine Davies, Anthony Ayton, Tom Smith, Jade Gebbie and Shelagh Mumby.

The night as ever benefits the Grace Eyre charity which supports adults with learning disabilities. Licensed bar.

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

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Purple Club House

Friday, 20 July from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

The Purple Club House presents a summer bingo night! There will 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



The Leading Man

Thursday, 2 August and Friday, 3 August

Doors open at 6:00 pm, show starts at 7:00 pm

A new stage play LGBT+

Two full-cast readings

Producer: Philippa Hammond

Author: Eugene Doyen

1952: Tony Thomas is England’s biggest film star, a matinee idol, a romantic leading man: he is adored by his female fans everywhere. This is Tony’s public life. His private life is secret and concealed. This is because Tony is in love with Johnny Melrose, and in Britain two men cannot have any form of open intimate relationship: it would be punished with imprisonment and public ruin. Johnny Melrose is married to the leading screen actress, Rosalyn Green. She is expecting her husband, Johnny, to go with her to Hollywood. Tony is not going to let that happen.

First public performance: The Leading Man, a new full-length play. It will be performed for the first time in public as a stage reading with a professional cast, and without rehearsal, staging, costume or props. The initial inspiration for The Leading Man was the life of the British film actor and movie star Dirk Bogarde and essential to this his 50 year ‘secret’ relationship with Tony Forward. However, The Leading Man is a fiction. The play is an original story written by Eugene Doyen in the tradition of Terence Rattigan and Noel Coward: light drama, melodrama.

Running Time: 90 minutes in two acts (+ 30 minutes for intermission)

All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Grace Eyre Foundation, a Hove-based charity supporting people with learning disabilities. 

Cost: £5

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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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