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February Newsletter

9 Feb 2024

Coming up in February

Okay, so yes, we've been a bit lax with these newsletters for the past couple of months. Your last instalment was back in the heady days of panto season, and now all we have is the questionable promise of the rest of February to look forward to.


But never fear! Because this month we have some positive, exciting news to share with you about theatre in Hastings, to kick start what promises to be an exciting year for the performing arts in our town.


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.


Let's kick off with the big guns: last week, the Portsmouth Guildhall Trust took the reigns of the White Rock Theatre with a glitzy launch party (to which HTP was generously invited). It was an afternoon of celebration and camaraderie, and with the venue now run by by a charitable trust there are myriad new opportunities on the horizon. We also understand there are plans afoot to utilise the Sussex Hall as a second performance space, which has been in the offing for years, so keep an eye out for a different kind of programming downstairs.


And of course there's plenty of piano concerts and Music Festival performances later in February to keep us going in the meantime.


Just along the coast, Spun Glass Theatre are now open for business as the new managers at Stade Hall, promising to "maximise its potential for local groups and families." In the interests of full disclosure, HTP Founder Dan Hutton (hello!) is part of this team, so if you ever want to say hi or see how Spun Glass or Hastings Theatre Project can help you out, you know where to find us.


The Stables is as busy as ever too, with the final performances of Yasmina Reza's multi-award winning comedy Art tonight and tomorrow.


Later in the month, on 20th and 21st Feb, you can catch the world premiere of Harvest, which is excitingly described as being "inspired by the people and acting talent of [the] Stables community."


So lots of exciting new beginnings to kick off 2024, and many more, I'm sure, to come. We'll be back in your inboxes in a matter of weeks with the lowdown on what's coming up in March.


Until then, have a great Fat Tuesday to all who celebrate.

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