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Ashleigh Gray will be your good fairy this Christmas!

Last time she was at the Mayflower, Ashleigh Gray was the green-faced Elphaba. Now she’s back in panto – and loving every minute of it.
Theatre and Comedy
Michael Jayston

Thursday: Festival of Chichester fundraiser tonight!

A special seasonal treat of words, music and mince pies is heading Chichester’s way when the Festive Jazz Café takes off in the atmospheric setting of historic St John’s Chapel on Thursday, December 8.


Chichester crime writer Peter Lovesey is honoured

The Detection Club, Britain’s oldest club for crime writers, has honoured award-winning Chichester crime writer Peter Lovesey with an 80th birthday tribute, a collection of short stories by its members.

Sunny Afternoon

Sunny Afternoon is unmissably brilliant - Southampton and Brighton

REVIEW: Sunny Afternoon, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, until Saturday, December 10.


LISTINGS: 8 December - 15 December

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Speak and Spell

Depeche Mode tribute in Worthing

A first-time promoter is bringing a Depeche Mode tribute band to Worthing.

Presents under the Christmas tree set the ball rolling in December 1

Advent Windows light up Whyke area

Advent windows have returned to the Whyke area of Chichester following the success of last year’s project.

Whats on
Sami Green and Freddie Hill

Meet Chichester's Peter Pans!

Sami Green and Freddie Hill will be alternating in the role of Peter Pan for Chichester Festival Youth Theatre on the main-house stage at the CFT this Christmas (December 17-31).

Theatre and Comedy
Anne (left) and co-star Vicki Michelle

"Frosty knickers" takes to the stage in panto

Known as The Governess on ITV1’s quiz show The Chase and nicknamed Frosty Knickers by its presenter Bradley Walsh, Anne Hegerty takes to the panto stage for the fourth time this Christmas.

Theatre and Comedy

Boy band star in Portsmouth Christmas show

After his first pantomime in Worthing last year, Mark Read, member of Brit award-winning boy band A1, makes it two in two years when he takes to the stage in the Christmas show Santa Claus – The Musical at Portsmouth’s New Theatre Royal.

Royal Marines Band

Chichester's Christmas Concerts offer fantastic start to festive season

REVIEW: Christmas Concerts, Chichester Festival Theatre, until Saturday, December 10.

Theatre and Comedy

Vicky's back for Bognor panto

Vicky Edwards is relishing the thought of pantomime in Bognor Regis this Christmas.

Theatre and Comedy
Celebrity chefs show you how to make exotic dishes at home

VIDEOS: Boring Brits? Think again! Celebrity chefs show you how to make exotic dishes at home

The majority of Brits jump at the opportunity to try new cuisine when they go on holiday, TV chef and author Phil Vickery and MasterChef finalist Emma Spitzer both use their time on holiday to expand their culinary knowledge, drawing inspiration from local chefs cooking regional dishes.

Peter Vaughan in Game of Thrones SUS-160524-120537001

COUNTY NEWS: Tributes to Game of Thrones actor Peter Vaughan

Tributes are being paid to Sussex actor Peter Vaughan - best known for roles in Game of Thrones and Porridge - who died this morning (Tuesday December 6), aged 93.

Gentle, chair-based exercises are an optional part of the social morning

New social morning for older folk in Chichester

Age UK West Sussex has launched a new exercise class and social morning in Chichester.

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Follower of George Smith of Chichester

Inspired by a celebrated Chichester painter

Chichester inspiration can be seen in a painting coming up for auction.
Creatures of the Revolution

Creatures of the Revolution in Brighton

Stephen Barnett will be offering Creatures of the Revolution at the Fabrica Gallery in Dukes Street, Brighton on Thursday, December 8 at 7.30pm.

Classic comedy

Classic comedy for Wick

One Man, Two Guvnors is the next challenge for Wick Theatre Company.

Theatre and Comedy

Christmas with the Walberton Players

It sold out last year. It really is by popular demand that it is back for 2016.


Christmas concerts in Worthing and Lancing

Harpist Alexandra King joins the Rowland Singers Choral Society for their Christmas celebrations concerts.

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