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

Update 24/4

The Purple Playhouse Theatre remains closed, but will be ready to start hosting events once again when the government allows venues to re-open. For Brighton Fringe we will follow any dates once confirmed by the festival organisers and will work with our hires to reschedule shows where possible. We are looking forward to seeing you again!

Update 17/3

We now know that the Brighton Festival and Brighton Fringe have been postponed to later in the year so all bookings relating to these events are currently postponed as the Purple Playhouse Theatre will remain closed from now until the end of May. The Brighton Festival and Fringe are hopeful that they can reschedule to later in the year, possibly September/October.

Hopefully when there is more clarity on the situation we will be able to work with you to provide the opportunity to reschedule your events. As things develop we will be in communication with all hirers to discuss options.

Update 16/3

Following advice from the government relating to the spread of the coronavirus for people to avoid gatherings in pubs, clubs, theatres and other social venues, we have reached the decision to close the theatre until the end of April 2020.

This means bookings you may have for the Purple Playhouse Theatre will not be able to go ahead in that period.
We realise that this is a difficult time for all and would like to thank you for your support of the Purple Playhouse Theatre. We will look to work with you to reschedule any bookings that fall in this timescale for later in the year.
We will update you further as we review the impact from this ongoing changeable situation.

Please contact us on 01273 201 909 if you have any questions or email [email protected].

Many thanks, Purple Playhouse

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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.

Click on the links below for more information about hiring the spaces, including cost, capacity, facilities and more:

Get involved

Volunteer at the Purple Playhouse Theatre

At Grace Eyre, 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!

For more information, please contact Cleo Dibb at [email protected] or on 07921 095 492 .

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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Emma Willcocks (Service Manager) or Martin Toft (Team Leader)

Tel: 01273 201 909
Email: [email protected]

Viewings of our spaces available by prior appointment only.


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