Events & Exhibitions

Ticketing Information

St Mary in the Castle does not have a permanent box office on site at the moment but there are several outlets you can buy tickets from, if available an icon appears in the relevant section, by clicking these icons you will be taken to the relevant online ticket sales site. They are often sold online at our Music Glue page or at the Hastings Tourist Information Centre in the town.


W.A.Mozart - Don Giovanni

Saturday 3rd June, and Sunday 4th June - Doors Open at 6:30pm (3rd) and 4:30pm (4th)

After the huge success in 2016 the Ensemble OrQuesta Opera Academy brings to Hastings another one of the Mozart/Da Ponte operas. Singers coming from all over the world will take part in two performances of the opera in St. Mary in the Castle.

With an Italian libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte, Don Giovanni is based on the legends of Don Juan, a fictional libertine and seducer. It was premiered by the Prague Italian opera at the Teatro di Praga (now called the Estates Theatre) on 29 October 1787. Da Ponte's libretto was billed, like many of its time, as dramma giocoso, a term that denotes a mixing of serious and comic action. Mozart entered the work into his catalogue as an opera buffa. Although sometimes classified as comic, it blends comedy, melodrama and supernatural elements.A staple of the standard operatic repertoire, Don Giovanni is currently tenth on the Operabase list of the most-performed operas worldwide. It has also proved a fruitful subject for writers and philosophers.

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Hastings Celebrates- The Best of Hastings

Wednesday 7th June - Doors Open at 6pm

Our Mayor, Judy Rogers
invites you to A FREE CONCERT
celebrating some of the very best things
she, and we, love about Hastings!

Hastings Celebrates- The Best of Hastings!

To begin the evening The RX Shanty Men will be performing in the St Mary in the Castle Café and Bar along with free tea, coffee, and cakes from 5:30pm!

The evening includes performances by: Polo Piatti, The All Saints Choir, Mad Jack's Morris, The Christ Church Choir, a showing of the Glen Veness's Film 'I Love this Town', HOT Uke Band, Pete Prescot and Friends, and The Strings, 

followed by entrance of The Cinque Ports Mayors.

Marking the June Full Moon

Friday 9th June - Doors Open at 7:30pm

Leszek Sulich willtake you to the magical place of personal harmony with a performance of Tibetan Music.

Share this opportunity to relax and recover your mind and body in balance with the amplification of the Moon and the Chakra's and exceptional acoustic of St Mary's

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Highly Inflammable

Saturday 10th June - Doors open 7:30pm

An original play influenced by the music of punk legend Poly Styrene.

Set in two equally explosive eras - 1977 and post-Brexit Britain - Highly Inflammable uses Poly’s prophetic lyrics and ideas to explore very modern day problems. Or are they?

‘Highly Inflammable’ will be the centrepiece of a unique day dedicated to the X-Ray Spex frontwoman who saw the Sex Pistols on Hastings Pier in 1976 and was inspired to form her own punk band.

An exhibition in St Mary’s crypt will feature private memorabilia, unreleased recordings and Poly’s last interview. A panel discussion will explore Poly’s influence on a new generation of musicians, writers and artists. Live music by local bands playing Poly will round out the evening.

‘Highly Inflammable’ - waiting to explode under the dome in St Mary in the Castle.

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Ticket prices £10 (conc) /£12 adult on Music Glue.

Tickets available on the door at £15

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East Sussex Music Service

Friday 30th June - Doors Open at 7pm

East Sussex Music students from Hastings & Rother Area Music Centre present A Summer’s Evening Concert for Friends will include nearly 200 musicians and singers and will feature the Hastings Area Youth Wind and Jazz Orchestras, Hastings Area Youth Guitar Orchestra, Youth Singers, Paganini Violin Ensemble, Double Bass Ensemble, combined String Chamber Ensembles, Vivaldi String Orchestra and the Hastings Area Youth Symphony Orchestra.

The evening’s concert will be an opportunity for East Sussex Music to celebrate the high levels of achievement of students aged 8 –18 from schools & colleges across Hastings & Rother.

Tickets £6, Concessions £3 from the Hastings Tourist Information Centre (01424) 451111.

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Liane Carroll - The Right to Love Album Launch with Big Band and Strings

Saturday 22nd July - Doors Open at 7pm

Liane's stunning new album 'The Right To Love' will be released later this year, and St Mary in the Castle has been chosen to host one of her three launch evenings! More Information to come!

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The Drawtones + Deptford Rivieras

Saturday 23rd September - Doors 7:00pm

2 Top Jazz, Funk and Soul Organ Bands.

With 2 Jools Holland Saxophonists Derek Nash and Phil Veacock!

The Drawtones featuring Rod Pooley (Jazz Organ), Derek Nash (Saxophone from Jools Holland R&B Orchestra), Emily Farrar (Vocals), Andy Williams (Guitar), Simon Brewin (Bass) and Jessica Dann (Drums.

The Deptford Rivieras - Leading East London Hammond Organ Trio featuring Gary Baldwin (Hammond Organ), Phil Veacock (Saxophone from Jools Holland R&B Orchestra) and Alan Savage (Drums).

The show will be a showcase of top class musicianship from award winning Jazz musicians. Original compositions from The Drawtones/ Derek Nash new album "Down the Line" plus all the jazz greats including Jimmy Smith, George Benson, Lou Donaldson, Miles Davis, John Scofield, Jimmy McGriff, Herbie Hancock and many more...

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The crypt gallery at St Mary in the Castle is an exhibition space unique to the building. With its rich history as a burial for members of the Churches congregation, the crypt is brimming with atmosphere and intrigue. The alcoves make it a perfect space for group shows, or for dividing different aspects of your work, and lends itself to the installation of multi-media artworks.

The space has been used to exhibit the art of international and local artists and has been a key location for local arts festivals, including Coastal Currents and the PhotoHastings season.

St Mary in the Castle has played host to numerous high profile exhibitions, most notably a Lee Miller and Roland Penrose Surrealist Exhibition that ran alongside a performance in our auditorium of ‘The Angel and the Fiend’, a dramatic reading of the life of Lee Miller.

Running concurrently with major exhibitions at the De La Warr Pavilion, St Mary in the Castle has begun hosting exhibitions in partnership with Project Artworks.

As well as being located in the centre of Hastings, the space receives through traffic from the St Marys restaurant and attendees to the many St Mary in the Castle events.

Here at St Marys we endeavour to have an excellent visual arts program that compliments the beauty of the building and places us at the centre of the emerging arts scene here in Hastings.

Thom Kofoed Exhibition at St Mary in the Castle 2017

Thom Kofoed

untitled (Miss. Ms. Other)

22nd April - 28th May
10.00am - 4.00pm

A collection of paintings, drawings and film exploring disparate experiences of gender, and celebrating women. 

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