Emporium Brighton

Emporium is a theatre, café, bar, exhibition and hub for theatre and movie professionals and enthusiasts alike. When you visit Emporium you will discover, all under one roof:

Our theatre – the atmosphere of our magnificent warehouse theatre space helps the drama come alive.
Our café – open all day every day, serving a range of healthy meals, snacks and indulgent treats. All within the grandeur of a wonderful old church!
Our exhibitions – a chance to peek behind the scenes at incredible props, stunning theatre costumes and set pieces from famous movies.
Our bar – the place to relax, socialise and network. Open every evening, whether we have a show playing or not.

Emporium really is the place for lovers of film and theatre to relax, network and get creative.

We are currently enjoying our first full year of in-house productions and collaborations; a programme that includes Backett's 'Endgame', Orton's 'Entertaining Mr. Sloane', Sondheim's 'Into The Woods' and following on from the huge success of 'Cinders', our pantomime last year, our second traditional Christmas fairytale 'Sleeping Beauty'.

Having successfully brought panto back to Brighton last year this year we are well on the way to achieving our next ambition - that of becoming Brighton's Regional Rep Theatre.

Emporium's patron is actor and director Alan Rickman.


Thursday 4th

A seductive city woman urges a farmer to murder his wife and elope with her.
This screening of F W Murnau's classic Sunrise will be presented in its full glory - accompanied by the original live score, played by Heliopause, Stuart Warwick and Will Scobie

Friday 5th
Meisner Workout

Weekly drop-in class designed to flex your Meisner muscles. Run by experts from Brighton Meisner. Suitable for newcomers and experienced alike.

Wednesday 10th
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Live-scored screening of Robert Weine’s 1920 expressionist, legendary silent horror film.
Part of Scalarama 2014, presented by Bijou Electric Empire Forever, scored by Brighton four-piece The Plummets.

Thursday 11th
The Space

The unique, quarterly, Brighton-based entertainment and arts event hosted by Lisa Holloway with exclusive special guest interviews - this month leading screenwriter William Nicholson and Stanley Kubrick’s producer Jan Harlan join Lisa on the sofa.

Saturday 13th
It's Only A Way I've Got

An hilarious and eclectic cabaret programme with Fenton Gray accompanied by Charles Miller at the piano, featuring songs by Noel Coward, Ivor Novello, Gilbert & Sullivan, Charles Miller and many more.
An exclusive pre-London appearance before transferring to the St. James' Theatre Studio

Monday 15th & Tuesday 16th

A bitter black comedy about the pain and comprise which lurks beneath every relationship, and the resilience of the human spirit.
This one-woman show features Lucy Mepsted who was last seen at Emporium as Stepsister Innit in last years' panto, Cinders.

Wednesday 17th
The Gift of the Gab - rehearsed reading

Coming to Emporium in February 2015, The Gift of the Gab is a play set in Brighton, written by a Brightonian - Simon David Eden - inspired by characters the playwright encountered during a very valuable misspent youth in the late 1970s.

Thursday 18th
Lament for Lorca

A 110 minute spectacular of Flamenco, narration and dramatic poetry in Spanish and English. Cancion Gitana create a Flamenco dance theatre performance of a kind very rarely seen on UK stages.

Sunday 21st
Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

Hot from the 2014 Adelaide Fringe Festival Brigitte Baden-Rennie shares her stories of the big bad wolves that have crossed her path. Featuring songs by Peggy Lee, Carole King, Blossom Dearie, Joni Mitchell, Melody Gardot and others.

Friday 26th
Macmillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning

Emporium are thrilled and proud to be a part of, and offer our support to, the Macmillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning 2014. Join us for a morning of fundraising for a fantastic cause - all tea and coffee sales will be donated to Macmillan PLUS there will be a bit of a 'handmade' table sale with all sales going directly to Macmillan.


Friday 10th & Saturday 11th

One night of Freedom. A locked cemetery. Three players. No rules.
Direct from Salisbury Playhouse this play from Theatre6, co-producers of the West End hit The Scottsboro Boys,
takes a hard look at the fragility of youth. Contains adult themes, strong language and scenes of a violent nature. Recommended age 13+

Monday 27th - Friday 31st

Sing, croak and squeak along in this show for the young and young-at-heart. Meet our pint-sized heroine, a dastardly frog, a miserly mole and a heroic swallow brought to life with song, puppetry and plenty of audience participation!


Saturday 1st
The Seven Deadly Sins

You are cordially invited to Adam and Eve’s house for dinner… but this dinner party isn’t as prepared as they had planned!
Tom Jackson-GreavesPolly Motley present this vibrant dance comedy - a sensory explosion of physical dance, an original musical score by popular artist Pete Lyons, projected film, spoken word and delicious costumes.

Monday 10th
An Audience With Robin Askwith

The Misty Moon Film Society present a raucous evening of stories about the career of one of Britain's best loved comedy legends of the 70s Robin Askwith as told by the man himself.


5th December 2014 - 17th January 2015
Sleeping Beauty

All she has to do is dream…
As the nights draw in and the winds turn chill, Emporium bring you a world of winter wonder with their brand new interpretation of timeless classic Sleeping Beauty.

Support us

We have many plans, great and small, for improving Emporium, from upgrading our existing seating in both the café and theatre to creating a magnificent frontage worthy of what is rapidly becoming such an important building. If you enjoy what we have achieved so far and would like to help us move forward just click on this 'donate' button and pledge whatever you would like. Every little (and, let's face it, big) helps.
Please accept our enormous thanks and appreciation in advance.

For more ways to support Emporium click here.