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.


Life Drawing
Thursday 25th September / 10:30am / 3 hours / £15

Our monthly, three hour, life drawing workshop.
Featuring a fabulous costumed model as your muse - the glamorous Ruth in 'Showtime' inspired costume.

Friday 26th
Meisner Workout

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

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 13th - Sunday 19th
Taking Steps

A fast moving, rib-tickling revival of Alan Ayckbourne's only farce.
Set over three floors of The Pines - a haunted Victorian brothel - with all three floors compressed on to one, and staged in the round.

Saturday 18th
Casablanca: Take 2

Based upon what happened after the famous 1942 film Casablanca: Take 2 brings together plot lines from the film as well as bridging the gap between the end of the film and the end of the war in an afternoon of 'live radio' entertainment.

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!

Friday 31st

Join us for a day celebrating thrills, chills and all things seasonably fiendish!
Events include our Macabre Market for all your scary supplies; spooky screenings suitable for all ages; costumed characters; special goulish guests with signings and chilling chat.... and plenty of floorboard-creaking extra surprises.
Full details to be released soooooooooon!


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.

Thursday 6th - Saturday 8th
Unwholesome Things

'Pleasingly atmospheric' rehearsed readings of two eerie tales from the pen of celebrated master of the Edwardian short story, William Wymark Jacobs. Two cautionary, supernatural 'curtain raisers' which promise to delight and enthrall.

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

The timeless classic... re-awakened.
As the nights draw in and the winds turn chill, Emporium bring you a world of winter wonder with their brand new interpretation of everybody's favourite - Sleeping Beauty.

Monday 8th
The Space

The unique, quarterly, Brighton-based entertainment and arts event hosted by Lisa Holloway with exclusive special guest interviews - this month Director Ben Wheatley and half-of-Orbital Paul Hartnoll join Lisa on the sofa.

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.