The West End By The Sea

Lynne Truss introduces a series of theatrical short stories, specially commissioned to celebrate the bicentenary of the Theatre Royal, Brighton.

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AR01The Road To Ruin2007022620080427

Lynne Truss introduces a series of theatrical short stories, specially commissioned to celebrate the bicentenary of the Theatre Royal, Brighton.

By John Peacock, read by Bernard Cribbins.

It's 1813, and the stage doorman has a tale to tell of backstage lust and treachery.

AR02A Stage In Life2007022720080504

By Cathy Feeny.

Penelope Keith plays Amy Sedgwick, a thrice-married Victorian actress famed for her dramatic recitations.

AR03Bela In Brighton2007022820080511

By Stephen Sheridan.

In 1951, Bela Lugosi visited Brighton to play Count Dracula.

This bittersweet black comedy is read by Timothy West

AR04Marlene And Me *2007030120080518

By Eric Pringle, read by Struan Rodger.

A suicidal manservant's life is transformed when he sees Marlene Dietrich on stage in 1965.

AR05 LASTNell's First Night2007030220080525

By Roy Apps, read by Thelma Barlow and Clare Corbett.

What better way for Nell to give her 13-year-old god-daughter a treat, than to take her to a 'proper' theatre?