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The Old Market

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Address: Upper Market St, Hove BN3 1AS, England
Phone Number: +44 1273 201801
13:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 13:00 - 17:00

Welcome to The Old Market, Hove's independent, high quality live theatre...

Welcome to The Old Market, Hove's independent, high quality live theatre and venue.

In Brighton & Hove, The Old Market (or, as we like to call it, TOM) is the best place to see a show. Our diverse programme includes live music, great theatre and innovative comedy, all of which you'll enjoy in a welcoming and pleasant environment.

You only have to scan our track record of curated "TOM's" Shows to trust our future picks; we've brought you international theatre, big name comedians, and pioneering bands and musicians. Better still, our average ticket prices for this programme are just £11, making them some of the city's best value.

We're also proud to work with local artists, major cultural festivals, independent promoters and esteemed national arts organisations, bringing even greater breadth to our programme. Of course, we always keep an open mind for the future, too, and are always happy to discuss new relationships.

TOM's Bar meets all your refreshment needs throughout your visit. With high quality products at very reasonable prices, served by a friendly team, TOM's Bar is a place to enjoy, to discuss and to take in the atmosphere each event brings. TOM's Bar also provides an intimate setting for many smaller events, including exclusive show previews.

The Old Market is owned and managed by two of the city's most successful artists, the creators of the international smash-hit show STOMP. It is run by a passionate and skilled staff team, who aim to make your experience with us a great one.

As we grow and evolve, keep in touch with us by signing up for our fortnightly, hand-written e-Newsletter, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and Soundcloud. Alternatively, look out for our new print programme each season.

We look forward to welcoming you to The Old Market soon.

The TOM Team

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Great little venue.

Went to see a couple of bands here on a sunday evening. Friendly door people and bar staff and good sound.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Went to see a couple of bands here on a sunday evening. Friendly door people and bar staff and good sound.

Thank CT13Brighton
Brighton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I like the Old Market because its a small venue, you always get a great audience and good shows. We do like to sit with a good view but the level ground seating area chairs were set out very close to each other and not off set so your looking at directly at someones head! I did come out with... More 

Thank Jacksonsinbrighton
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent evening at The Old Market seeing Tape Faced Boy, he is absolutely excellent and a great theatre for his show. Friendly staff & an excellent bar.

Thank Hil L
Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great venue with a good variety of shows and a welcoming atmosphere. The bar is good for a drink too.

Thank SMP56
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Went to see a show at this quirky Theatre, The Old Market! The place is very warm and welcoming with the most happy and charming staff! The smiley bar staff are helpful and on the ball at all times and cannot wait to attend to you! The drink prices are extremely reasonable and great choices too! We sat at the... More 

Thank CKCK2011
Hove, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Over the past decade, I've been to see some excellent shows, some hot off the heels from Edinburgh Fringe, book tours from new and favourite authors, live music acts and more. The main space is big, with a smaller bar area. As a producer, it's been great to work with the TOM team, who are friendly & professional & helpful.... More 

Thank miss_scribbler
Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Great Venue, Great Staff and Reasonable priced drinks, had a fab night watching a band, really nice and enjoyable.

Thank Anne D
Greater London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

12th Night and a few bottles of vino tinto. The space is not bad but the bar is expensive and the loos are a bit of a trek below stairs no facilities for wheelchairs. Staff friendly and you can take your drinks into the theatre.

Thank Ultimate007
Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

Linked to the close by City Books. Theatre shows and lectures. Good venue with a bar and seating. Centrally located in Hove.

Thank Jilliana R
Hove, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

We are always made to feel welcome here. They have a great variety of performances and I've enjoyed every one of them that I've been to.

Thank Jenny B

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