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.

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 Sami Stone

Thursday, 18 October from 7:30 pm (show starts at 8:00 pm)

Purple Comedy returns with a mixture of brilliant ‘old hands’ and some very new, but very talented emerging comic talent (many from comedy coach Jill Edwards course which has produced the likes of Jimmy Carr, Seann Walsh, Angela Barnes and more) to entertain you. See the stars of the future!

Headliner will be Sami Stone, runner up audience choice award Brighton Fringe 2018), with Carl Carzana MC, runner-up Bath New Comedian of the Year 2018, and Anthony Ayton, Tom Smith, Rebekka Turner, Kate Barella, Emma Haines and Simon Dooley. Full bar.

The night as ever benefits the Grace Eyre charity which works with adults with learning disabilities.

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

Buy tickets for Purple Comedy Night with Sami Stone


Purple Club House

Friday, 19 October from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

The Purple Club House presents FRIGHT NIGHT! There will also be DJs, games, a quiz with prizes, Halloween fancy dress and a drinks bar.

This club is run by people with learning disabilities.

Cost: £4 (Carers free)

More info about the Purple Club House



Mr. Joshua Plummer’s Comedy Showcase

Tuesday, 6 November | Wednesday, 7 November | Thursday, 8 November | Saturday, 10 November at 7:30 pm

A series of sketches and vignettes exploring misunderstanding and mistaken identity, miscommunication, sexuality and people’s fantasies.

Cost: £8 (Advance online) or £10 on the door

Buy tickets for Mr Joshua Plummer’s Comedy Showcase



BS: Oh Holy Shite (The 12 Steps of Christmas!)

Thursday, 13 December at 7:30 pm

Written and performed by Barry Glennon and Sian Hutchinson with Brett Wellcome



‘A master class of character comedy.’ The Scotsman

BS bring you their debut seasonal show ‘BS: Oh Holy Shite (The 12 Steps of Christmas!)’. It promises to be a festive explosion of sketch and song, with a plethora of different characters, old and new, in situations familiar to all! So what are you waiting for? Buy a ticket; grab a drink and sit back and let us take you on the sleigh ride of your life! Start your yuletide as you mean to go on – out of pocket; slightly hung over and a little disappointed. 16+

Cost: £8 (Advance online) or £10 on the door

Buy tickets for BS: Oh Holy Shite (The 12 Steps of Christmas!)



The Dancing Machine starring Rory Jackson as Michael Jackson

Friday, 25 January at 7:30 pm

Rory J Jackson is a professional Michael Jackson tribute artist performing around the UK since 2007. He is a dancer, singer, look-a-like and impersonator. Also nick-named as “The Dancing Machine!!” which is a name and reputation that he truly lives up to!

Cost: £10/£8 (Advance online) or £12/£10 on the door

Buy tickets for The Dancing Machine



More upcoming events for your diary…save the dates!

Purple Comedy Night

Thursdays on the dates below from 7:30 pm (shows start at 8:00 pm)

  • 22 November 2018
  • 20 December 2018
  • 17 January 2019
  • 21 February 2019
  • 21 March 2019
  • 18 April 2019
  • 16 May 2019
  • 20 June 2019
  • 18 July 2019
  • 15 August 2019
  • 19 September 2019
  • 17 October 2019
  • 21 November 2019
  • 19 December 2019


Purple Club House

Fridays on the dates below from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

  • 16 November 2018
  • 14 December 2018
  • 18 January 2019
  • 15 February 2019
  • 22 March 2019
  • 12 April 2019
  • 17 May 2019
  • 21 June 2019
  • 19 July 2019
  • 16 August 2019
  • 20 September 2019
  • 18 October 2019
  • 15 November 2019
  • 20 December 2019


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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