About

88 London Road

88 London Road is Brighton’s only professional producing theatre. Open year-round with a full programme of productions and events, including classic theatre, dance, spoken word & poetry, film, musical theatre, children’s theatre and new writing.

Theatre

88 London Road is proud to be Brighton’s only professional producing theatre, presenting all of our work under the roof of our magnificent warehouse theatre space.

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Light & airy, our café-bar is housed in the body of a wonderful old ex-Methodist church, and retains many of the building’s original features, including rose window, parquet flooring, wooden beams and stained glass windows. We were voted No. 1 café in Brighton by Brighton & Hove Independent and are Britain’s first Happy Café.


Meet the Team

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James Weisz
Artistic Director

James Weisz opened the doors of 88 London Road in spring 2015. Since then, the venue has played host to a year-round programme of varied events and productions.

His direction credits include: Endgame (2014), The Jungle Book (2015) and Aladdin (2015).

James is also the co-producer of 88 London Road Productions with Nathan Potter.

 

 

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Nathan Potter
Theatre Manager

Nathan Potter’s background is in choreography. His company Chocolate Box Theatre has produced two shows at 88 London Road over the last two years, Into the Woods (2014) and Once Upon a Wonderland (2015), both of which enjoyed sell-out runs.

Nathan joined the team in 2015 as Theatre Manager. He is also the co-producer of 88 London Road Productions with James Weisz.

 

 

 


History of the building

In the spring of 2015 James Weisz opened the doors of 88 London Road with the intention of bringing professional rep theatre to Brighton. 88 London Road Theatre’s mission has remained to create an industry hub in the city; to forge creative alliances and relationships, and to celebrate the arts locally and nationally. Since opening, the venue has played host to year-round in-house productions, visiting companies, drama, musicals, contemporary dance and festivals.

orig buildingThe venue lives in a re-purposed ex-Methodist church in the heart of the recently re-generated London Road area in Brighton. The theatre itself seats ninety and is based in the old Sunday school, while a bright and airy café-bar is housed in the body of the church. The building retains many of its original features: a high, gabled ceiling with exposed beams, original wooden wainscoting, a parquet floor and stained glass windows. Very few changes have been made to the structure of the building or to its layers of decoration built up over the years, thereby preserving its charm, integrity and general feeling of space, light and calm.

Last year, the theatre was awarded Best Venue at the Brighton Fringe Awards. Always striving to reach new audiences, at the end of last year, 88 London Road launched its very first in-house film strand and was delighted to be the recipient of the British Film Institute’s Neighbourhood Cinema Fund. The venue was granted £4K worth of new cinema equipment, installed in January 2016.