Rottingdean Drama Society has been going strong for over half a century, performing plays to entertain not only the people of Rottingdean but ever-widening audiences in Brighton and surrounding areas. The Society's aim is to present a balanced program each year, including great classics, costume dramas, contemporary plays, comedies and pantomimes.

“Rottingdean Drama Society must be one of the bravest groups in the county” – Jeremy Malies, Sussex Express 2007

The Society was founded in 1948 and aims to perform three plays and a pantomime each year at the Rottingdean Village Hall.

High standards are sought and, over the years, entries for the annual Brighton and Hove Arts Council Drama Competition have received ten awards including recognition of the warm and welcoming theatrical environment, Best Supporting Actress, Best Actor, Best Stage Setting and three times in ten years for the Best Overall Production.

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Next Production

Rottingdean Drama Society is proud to present, The Sleeping Beauty, by Simon Nunan and directed by Neil Border. Performances start on 12th January 2018.

We are spinning the wheel to sew together a hugely entertaining new version of a traditional panto. Our new take on this family favourite will be its world premiere. The show will be full of colourful characters, live music, laughs and audience participation.

The Rottingdean panto is one of the biggest in Brighton and the surrounding area. The Society prides itself on delivering a very high standard of production every year.

Continuing his run of pantomimes, Neil Border has the privilege of bringing this brand new script to Rottingdean. Neil aims to follow the successes of Frankenstein the Panto, Beauty and the Beast, Leonardo da Panto, Dick Whittington, The Three Musketeers - Le Panteau, and Aladdin by injecting life and excitement into this well-loved panto.

Full of jokes - groan-inducing and great - wordplay, slapstick and songs, this is very much the traditional family panto but with plenty of pace and energy.


Rottingdean Drama Society welcomes new active members throughout the year. If you are new to drama or have years of experience, please do not hesitate to come along to an audition or rehearsal and meet the other members. You will find a friendly and supportive atmosphere. [more]

Associate Membership

If you are a regular theatre goer or would like to attend annual social events, while supporting a local drama society, Associate membership is for you!

“RDS redefine the word 'amateur'! They are always so professional” – Robert Scratchley, Hove

As an Associate Member of Rottingdean Drama Society, you not only join a membership of over 100 people, you also receive four tickets for the price of three and at least one exclusive social performance every year. [more]

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