Find out about theatres in Eastbourne, Lewes, Seaford, Peacehaven and Wivelsfield
Eastbourne has four theatres which, together, can seat more than 4,500 people. Each theatre has its own character and style, from the purpose-built Congress theatre to the Victorian Devonshire Park theatre.
Official website and contact information
For full information on shows, pantomime, ticket booking, press and further contact information, please visit the Eastbourne Theatres website. You can also call the theatres box office on 01323 412000.
The Congress theatre in Carlisle Road is a purpose-built modern theatre and conference venue with a seating capacity of 1689. It has a licensed bar, cloakroom facilities, disabled facilities and public phones are available in the foyer.
Devonshire Park Theatre
The theatre has a seating capacity of 936 and has disabled facilities which include an audio description service. There is a fully licensed bar and coffee and tea are also served to patrons in their seats during performance intervals.
The Winter Garden in Compton Street consists of two main parts:
- the Floral Hall, originally used as a skating rink in winter and concert hall in summer
- the Gold Room
Both parts are now used for performances and as conference venues.
The Royal Hippodrome is owned by Eastbourne Borough Council but, unlike the other theatres, is run by a separate production company - RHT Management.
Lewes Little Theatre
Lewes Little Theatre, home of Lewes Theatre Club, is in the heart of Lewes. They put on between six and eight main stage productions per year and host additional touring events.
Seaford Little Theatre
Seaford Little Theatre in Steyne Road puts on four plays a year, from broad farce to subtle thrillers, gentle comedies, all time classics and serious drama.
Seaford Musical Theatre
Seaford Musical Theatre at The Barn Theatre stage three adult shows and two junior shows a year.
Peacehaven Players are a musical theatre group who stage two shows a year.
Wivelsfield Little Theatre produces two plays a year and organises social events, such as play readings, for its members.