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Theatre Performance, Thu 23 - Sat 25 May 2019

American Idiot

American Idiot


Performance dates for this show have changed with American Idiot now playing Thursday 23 - Saturday 25 May. Ticket holders for rescheduled performances should contact box office.

Following two critically acclaimed West End runs and a sell-out UK Tour, Green Day’s explosive rock musical American Idiot returns to mark the show’s 10th anniversary and the 15th anniversary of the Grammy Award winning original album.

Winner of two Tony Awards® and the 2010 Grammy Award winner for Best Musical Show Album, American Idiot is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9/11 world. The show features the music of Green Day with the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong and book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer. This thrilling musical has had Green Day fans in rapture and introduced a generation of theatregoers to their powerful and moving musical style.

This epic tour comes from Selladoor Productions producers of Flashdance, Fame, Avenue Q and Little Shop of Horrors.

Contains strong language and drug references, not suitable for under 14s

Contains strong language and drug references, not suitable for under 14s

"While the album’s themes of alienation and frustration in a post 9/11 world play out, the audience is fed two hours of orchestrated chaos, as the show crashes through the barriers of the traditional musical set-up. Through all of this, however, there are still opportunities for both wit and warmth, and this homage to lasting friendship in the most difficult of circumstances is likely to win over even the most traditional theatregoer." ****

"If you prefer Tarantino or Danny Boyle movies to theatre then this is the musical for you... Powerful, gritty and sometimes a little uncomfortable to watch, this is certainly not a traditional musical. There’s minimal talking as the roaring soundtrack, provided by the punk-rock opera concept album ‘American Idiot' from Green Day, compels you hurtling through the story narrative. 3 disillusioned teenagers choose their path to escape the dreary suburbs post 9-11, with war raging in Iraq, and their sole highlight: drinking in the local store car park.

Themes of drug-taking, alter egos, military conflict and teenage fatherhood are expertly portrayed by a phenomenal cast to represent the disillusionment from the collapse of the ‘can-do’ spirit of the American dream. Leading man ‘Johnny’ played by Tom Milner is utterly convincing as his drug habit spirals out of control, in part due to his alter-ego St.Jimmy (played with expert empowerment by the talented Luke Friend as the devil on his shoulder). Sam Lavery strikes a great balance between confident independent woman and love-torn girlfriend desperately trying to save Johnny from himself.

Despite occasionally being an uneasy watch (a testament to how well those scenes were acted) this was the most enjoyably entertaining and affecting live theatre I’ve seen for a very long time!" Sharon Thompson, Press Officer, Eastbourne Theatres

Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (with charge)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsTelephone (public)Accepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Thu 23 - Sat 25 May 2019
Thur 7.30pm
Fri 8.30pm
Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Thur 7.30pm & Sat 2.30pm £24-£36
Fri 8.30pm & Sat 7.30pm £27-£39

Concessions £3 (Thur 7.30pm & Fri 5pm, top 3 prices only)
Groups 10+ £3 off, 20+ £4 off, 30+ £5 off (Thur 7.30pm & Fri 5pm, top 3 prices only)

Price inclusive of £1 per ticket booking fee

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Carlisle Road,
East Sussex,
BN21 4BP



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Map reference: OA 611838  Lat: 50.76266 Long: 0.28342

Located in Compton Street, just yards from the seafront Wish Tower area and 10 mins walk from the railway station. Follow theatre signs. The theatre has a pay and display car park in College Rd (free of charge in the evenings). There is also a limited amount of free on street parking.

Parking: free

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Eastbourne station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality

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