Theatre and dining

Wilde About Food offers up classic theatre with lavish dining for the Brighton Fringe Festival.

Oscar Wilde’s short story, Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime, has been adapted by Manchester-based Rocket Theatre and can be enjoyed whilst dining in Brighton.

Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime is a tale of love, honour, duty, fortune telling and murder.

Rocket Theatre has turned it into a two-man show with artistic director Martin Harris playing Lord Arthur and James Anning his trusty valet Middlewick.

Martin said: “Audiences should prepare themselves to laugh at Lord Arthur’s anecdotes, marvel at the versatility of his valet (who is coerced into playing a variety of roles – male and female - in Wilde’s gripping tale) and gasp as sinister secrets are revealed that will have them squirming in their seats!

“It’s a great black comedy, full of Wilde’s wit and humour. It’s a real treat for lovers of theatre and food.

“Festival-goers will be able to see the play in the luxurious surroundings of The Paganini Ballroom in Brighton’s Old Ship Hotel and rather than facing a conventional stage, seating will be cabaret-style (around tables) as Lord Arthur and Middlewick roam among the audience, ensuring that at some point during the show everyone will have a front-row seat.

“Audiences have the choice of seeing an afternoon performance, which will include the serving of a refined afternoon tea with sandwiches, scones and cakes or an evening show which includes a sumptuous three-course dinner.”

Performances are: May 14, 21, 29 (7.30pm) – with three-course dinner (£33) or May 15, 22, 30 (3.00pm) – with afternoon tea (£22). Tickets are available from the Fringe Box Office: 01273 917 272 or online at

Following the festival, Rocket Theatre will be performing the play throughout the UK. More details on