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December Newsletter

24 Nov 2023

Coming up in December

It's coming up to December. And we all know what that means: panto time!


Oh, no it isn't! etc


But no, really, it's not just pantos at this time of year. As you'll see from our packed newsletter this month, there's fun for all the family in our corner of East Sussex this festive season.


It's been estimated that theatres and theatre companies earn up to 40% of their income during the Christmas season. And, after a tricky few years for the live entertainment sector, theatres need your support now more than ever! So instead of spending money today on Black Friday, why not book to see one of the below, and help to keep our arts scene in Hastings thriving?


And remember, if you want to feature your theatre news or events in the newsletter, visit this page ahead of the last Friday of the month and we'll do our best to include it.


First up, this newsletter does its job by sharing some very exciting news from Spun Glass Theatre, who have been announced as the new managers of the Stade Hall from January. They've said they want the space to "contribute to the cultural life of our town in a meaningful and practical way". Thumbs up all round.


And if you want to get a sense of what we've got to look forward to with them at the helm of Stade Hall, make sure you grab tickets to see Christmas Spirits at 11am or 4pm on 13th December.


The following Saturday, a little way down the seafront at the Mini Playhouse, The Littlest Elf tells the story of Pip, the littlest elf who wishes she wasn't so different. Three performances on Saturday 16th December, tickets available by clicking here.


And if you fancy travelling a little further afield to East Grinstead, Tales of Betwixtmass kicks of TOMORROW at Standen House, running until 23rd December. The event page for this multimedia adventure says that upon arrival you'll be "greeted by a Christmas Goblin". What's not to love?


If Christmas Victoriana is more your thing (and you can't stand Muppets), then the lovely folks at The Stables have a treat for you. Ben Randall's adaptation of Dickens' festive classic Christmas Carol plays from 12th-23rd December, filled with songs, ghosts, and humbugs. Get your tickets here.


And of course, of course, there's the White Rock panto, with Ben Watson, Tim McArthur, and Hannah Ponting, which kicks off on 15th December and runs over the Christmas period. This year it's Cindrella, so make sure you're home before midnight.


So that's it for December, and indeed for 2023 (yes, yes, we know how odd it is to be saying that on the twenty fourth of November). Your January newsletter could well be a little delayed as HTP might be lying in a pool of Baileys over the festive season, but keep an eye on those inboxes come the New Year for the low-down on January happenings in Hastings.


Until then, have a cool Yule y'all!

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