Life in Brighton

Eclectic, creative and certainly ‘never normal’

Brighton is at the forefront of creative expression and contemporary performance, providing a living stage for an eclectic range of artistic talent. From the flourishing drag scene to a well-established music and performing arts culture, we’re proud to be part of Brighton’s ‘never normal’ ethos.

ICTheatre Brighton reflects the city’s open-minded and inclusive spirit, and we celebrate diversity across all of our performing arts degrees and contemporary theatre courses. All our students are hand-selected based on their unique expression, and no two ICTheatre performing artists are the same – just as it should be. Brighton is the place where individuality is celebrated, and ICTheatre will help you explore, experiment, and discover your place as a performer.

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The capital of creativity

With creative talent and industry figures heading to Brighton in their droves, it’s no wonder the city is nicknamed ‘London by-the-Sea’ – but it’s so much more. Boasting exceptionally quirky venues and theatres, Brighton hosts some of the most important annual performing arts and literature events in the UK. A thriving cultural calendar pulls international musicians, artists, actors, and creatives to the city, giving you the opportunity to perform and network every night of the year.

Begin your career at performing arts school in this dynamic capital of creativity. Alongside our core paths, we offer a range of extra-curricular modules – from mime to stand-up comedy. Brighton is the perfect stage for you to progress in an accepting, encouraging environment.

Today, Brighton is regarded as one of the UK’s premier talent hubs, as well as a focal point for the creative industries. At ICTheatre Brighton, we offer performing arts training for all levels of higher and further education, as well as our accredited performing arts degrees. We’ll help you to explore, develop and take ownership of your ideas, giving you the best possible chance at a successful career in the industry.

Find your stage

Experience an vibrant roster of creativity and performance in both traditional and contemporary theatres in Brighton.


Theatre Royal
New Road

This stunning Regency theatre is one of the oldest traditional theatres in the country. Playing host to West End productions, musicals, dramas, ballets and comedies, there’s always something exciting on offer.

Gardner Street

Brighton’s premier live performance venue with one of the most diverse programmes in the country. Komedia is an award-winning venue hosting comedy, music, cabaret and theatre almost every night.

The Marlborough Theatre
Prince's Street

Brighton’s home for queer art and culture, this small but fabulous theatre is the place for cutting-edge performance and “the jewel in the crown of Brighton’s queer and non-binary scene.”

Sallis Benney Theatre
Grand Parade

A key venue for live events in the city including theatre, comedy, dance and music. The Sallis Benney Theatre is an impressive venue with expansive production equipment and a helpful experienced team, located in the heart of Brighton.

The Old Market
Upper Market Street

Brighton's independent, high-quality live theatre and music venue was created by the performers of the internationally acclaimed group, STOMP. The Old Market (TOM) gives back to the local arts ecosystem with its impressive programme.

The pulse of the city quickens

Every May, the city hosts several of England’s largest arts festivals. Not only will you find yourself immersed in The Brighton Festival and Brighton Fringe – but the number one new music festival in Europe, The Great Escape, has set up home in Brighton.

These festivities bring the city to life like no other month of the year, generating a melting pot of talent to inspire you and offer amazing opportunities to network. Our partnerships with BIMM Institute Brighton and Screen and Film School present a plethora of opportunities to get involved with local performances and events to gather hands-on industry experience.

Living in Brighton

Join over 30,000 students living in Brighton. Not only can you boast the beach on your doorstep and the beautiful South Downs National Park just a short bus ride away, you’ll also find yourself less than an hour on the train from London – making it easy to pop into the capital for a day trip or an evening show.

You’ll be spoiled for entertainment, with theatres and live performance venues strewn across the city, as well as hundreds of bars, pubs and clubs and a vibrant LGBTQ+ scene. Brighton is an exciting place to explore, expand and enjoy while you study.

Join The Movement

Want to know more about life at ICTheatre Brighton and the opportunities available to you as a performing arts student in this city? Need more information on how to apply to ICTheatre?

Contact our Admissions Team on 0344 2 646 666 or email


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