Sussex Prairies is now closed. We shall open again on Wednesday 2nd June 2021. Then we shall be open five days a week - closed Mondays and Tuesdays.(except Bank Holiday Monday 30th August 2021) You are welcome to bring picnics. Dogs also welcome. *No need to Book.(* unless you are attending a special event requiring booked tickets and slots )

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Little Lily Harley with the Rude Mechanical Theatre Company

Sunday 20th June | 5:30pm - 10:30pm

Little Lily Harley with the Rude Mechanical Theatre Company

Outdoor theatre in Sussex Prairie Garden!

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At last something to get excited about! The wonderful Rude Mechanicals are planning to perform in Sussex Prairie Garden on Sunday 20th June at 7.30pm. Entrance to the garden is at 5.30pm for picnics. It will be something to give us a good laugh and raise our spirits – and we all need that! The play will be ‘Little Lily Harley’, postponed from last year, and is about Charlie Chaplin’s childhood in Lambeth. With a drunken but charismatic actor father who was rarely around & a beautiful young actress of a mother who had three children by different fathers, he had to learn along-side his big brother Sydney how to survive a very precarious existence. Sometimes fostered by other people, sometimes in a school for destitute children, sometimes separated from Sydney & sometimes living on the street (as a child!) he nevertheless managed to triumph over all this to become arguably the greatest film actor ever. Pete Talbot, the director, says, “When I wrote the play in 2019, I could not have known how apt it would be for today. The message of hope, triumph over pain, through the imagination and laughter, is really important for today because people are desperate to see theatre and escape for a while. That is why we must do it.” Tickets are available online from The Rudes website from 1st March. Because of social distancing spaces will be limited, so BOOK EARLY! You will get your money back if you can’t subsequently come. Prices will favour people booking in bubbles of four or more. Go to their website for details. It will make you cry, release all that tension and laugh out loud. Full of music hall and silent movie magic with a great team of professional actor/musicians! Featuring Chaplin’s powerful classic music, ‘Smile’.

The company say that the date might be delayed because we don’t know how the rules may change but that it is ‘highly likely’ to happen. Watch the company’s website – therudemechanicaltheatre.co.uk – for changes, or speak to the garden staff on 01273-495902, or ring The Rudes on 01323-5012560, or email them at therudes1948@gmail.com.

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