Year of Culture plays host to theatrical firsts and special one off performances

As part of the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019, The Capitol will be hosting a small number of particularly special one-off events. These may be larger shows than we might usually accommodate, or simply really special things that we think have a particularly interesting cultural appeal.

Some of our year’s most popular sell-out events have been the ones where we have taken the performances out to the audiences in outlying areas of the District.

The Red Lion, a humorous and haunting play about football, is such an event and is set to tour the District from August.

Originally produced at The National Theatre in 2015 this play, starring just one player, a coach, and a manager, is about the romance of the great English game and the love and passion that powers it.

It’s a play about semi-pro, non- league football, a world away from the wealth and television cameras of the national premiership. It features a young player touched with brilliance, an ambitious manager who is determined to make him his own, and a team dreaming of glory. This play is recommended for age 14 upwards as it contains some strong language.

As a Year of Culture special we are taking it out to local football clubs and village halls throughout Horsham District – catch it in Ashington, Broadbridge Heath, Henfield, Cowfold, Steyning, Horsham, and other venues. Check out

If you want to bring something different to your venue there is still time to sign up for a performance to come to you, so if you want to book this production for your club or hall please contact [email protected]

Moving from football to classic drama, The Year of Culture team and The Capitol are bringing together a great cast of talented actors for a week-long performance of the classic Alfred Hitchcock thriller The Lady Vanishes.

A devilishly fun stage adaptation of Hitchcock’s favourite play by The Thriller Theatre Company, you will be able to spot many famous faces in this classic.

It tells the story of the disappearance of Iris’ travelling companion and how she is bewildered to find that her fellow passengers deny ever having seen her. But with the help of musician Max, she turns detective, and together they resolve to solve this perplexing mystery. The play runs from 21 to 26 October.

A first for The Capitol, the Year of Culture, and its patron Julia Donaldson CBE, Julia will appear live on stage at The Capitol in a special performance of The Gruffalo, the Witch, and the Warthog.

Following a sell-out season at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the UK’s best-selling author and Year of Culture patron Julia Donaldson CBE presents her own live show featuring her famous books Room on the Broom, The Magic Paintbrush, The Ugly Five, Superworm, The Gruffalo and The Cook and the King.

The cast of five, including Julia’s guitar-playing husband Malcolm, bring Julia’s world-famous stories to life with songs, puppetry and a touch of magic. A real Year of Culture coup and not to be missed – so book your tickets early. Suitable for children aged 4-10 year, running from 28 to 29 October.

“This show captures all the magic of the books and much much more.” Edinburgh Festival For Kids.

Mad Shelley

It’s not often you get a play written especially for you, but when you are staging a celebratory Year of Culture that’s exactly what’s happened with this production – Mad Shelley.

Lights & Bushels, Horsham’s award-winning innovative theatre company presents the world premiere of this powerful and thought-provoking play by Kathryn Attwood. Written especially for the Year of Culture, Mad Shelley shines a light on the less well known but no less fascinating aspects of the life of our local poet Percy Bysshe Shelley – his first marriage and subsequent estrangement from his wealthy Horsham family.

Was he an unconventional misfit or an uncaring monster? Before Mary, before Byron, before Frankenstein, the life of Horsham’s most (in)famous son was already the stuff of scandal….

Bake with Jack

Next up is a super cool chap called Jack.

As part of the Year of Culture ‘52’ project, Jack will be demonstrating the intricacies of how to make a no-knead focaccia in the intimate setting of The Capitol Studio.

Jack demystifies the whole bread making process before your eyes. He regularly appears making bread on food festival stages including Eat Food Fest, the Surrey County Show, Fantastic British Food Festivals, Always the Sun, Woking Food Festival, Fleet Food Festival, and Foodies London, and his entertaining demonstrations earned him the title of Surrey’s Food Hero at the Sandown Park Food Festival presented by Nadiya Hussain. There will be an opportunity to taste at the end of the demonstration – so for the price of just £5 – it’s a bargain. Check him out on 7 September.

Working in conjunction with The Capitol, the Year of Culture team has worked hard to pull off some really special experiences. These are just a sample – to check out full events listings, timings and ticket prices for literally hundreds of different events and activities please go to our dedicated Year of Culture website

Or pick up the new #HDYOC19 programme from one of our many outlets across the Horsham District. Please check booking information and prices prior to attending an event as booking is essential for most events.

You can follow @hdculture2019 on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to stay up to date with the Year of Culture.

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