Life in Brighton

Brighton is one of the UK’s foremost cultural hubs and an epicentre for the arts. This open-minded and forward-thinking seaside haven attracts creative talent and industry figures in equal measure, earning its nickname of ‘London by-the-Sea’.

For creatives, the city boasts key events each year such as Brighton Festival, Brighton Fringe, The Great Escape and more; all of which pull international musicians, artists, actors and creatives to the city.


Vibrant city

Welcome to Brighton. One of the most liberal and friendly cities in the UK.

Home to all manner of performers and artists, this vibrant and dynamic city is a capital for creativity. From local street art to international stage shows, Brighton is the place to pursue your passion.

For decades, Brighton has been a magnet for forward-thinking innovators and creators of all kinds.

Today, it is widely regarded as one of the UK’s premier talent hubs as well as a significant focal point within the creative industries.

Find your stage

Together with a vivid history, Brighton is known for its free-thinking ethos. This is mirrored in an eclectic roster of creativity and performance in both traditional and contemporary spaces throughout the city.


Theatre Royal
New Road

One of the longest-running traditional theatres in the country, playing host to West End productions, musicals, dramas, ballets and comedies.

Gardner Street

An award-winning venue that hosts comedy, music, cabaret and theatre almost every night.

The Marlborough Theatre
Prince's Street

Producing and supporting queer and LGBTQ performance events throughout the year.

Sallis Benney Theatre
Grand Parade

A key venue for exciting live events in the city including theatre, comedy, dance and live music.

The Old Market
Upper Market Street

Brighton's independent, high-quality live theatre and music venue.

A city come alive

Throughout the month of May, the city hosts England’s largest arts festival with The Brighton Festival, Brighton Fringe and the No 1 new music festival in Europe, The Great Escape bringing together musicians, artists, actors and comedians.

These festivities generate a fantastic melting pot of talent to inspire you and ICTheatre offer many opportunities to be involved.

Living here

Brighton has over 30,000 students currently studying here. There are endless possibilities with the beach at your doorstep, North Laines and The Lanes both of which are full of independent shops and entertainment businesses selling everything from clothes, music, furniture and art.

There are many theatres and live performance venues across the city, hundreds of bars, pubs and clubs and a vibrant LGBTQ scene, it’s a place where being you is celebrated in line with our ICTheatre ethos. Brighton is the digital capital of the UK. It is a hub of creativity and an epicentre for the arts.

Any questions?

For any questions regarding Brighton student life or if you’d like more information on how to apply to ICTheatre, please contact our Admissions Team on 01273 603 333 or email


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