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Wednesday 8th March
THE NEVER-ENDING NIGHTMARE.
The Circus of Horrors celebrates its 21st anniversary as it takes to the road with its latest incarnation “The Never-ending Nightmare”. The spectacular features an amazing amalgamation of bizarre, brave & beautiful acts all woven into a Alice in Horrorland type story driven by a mainly original soundscape & performed with a forked tongue firmly in each cheek!
‘I loved it ‘. Simon Cowell.
‘Fantastic, that’s what I call entertainment’. David Hasselhoff.
‘That was incredible’ Ant or Dec (never know which ones which).
‘Totally Unbelievable’ Scott Mills, Radio 1
‘You have to go & see this if, one day something will go wrong & you will be able to say I was there’ Graham Norton.
Annually the Circus of Horrors plays over 100 UK theatres and this tour has expanded to take in festivals throughout the world including The Fuji Rock Festival in Japan (twice), the Wacken Festival in Germany plus shows in Chile, Uruguay, Holland, Belgium, Argentina, France, Italy, Ireland, Finland, Hong Kong and Moscow where it became the 1st UK Circus ever to perform in Russia. The show also played an astounding 10 nights at London's O2.
This is not the first time that The Circus of Horrors has created history as it became the only circus ever to reach the finals of Britain’s Got Talent and the first circus to perform in London's West End for over 100 years.
The Circus Of Horrors’ appearances on various subsequent TV shows have turned what started as a cult show into a household name – taking the extreme to the mainstream. Its’ TV credits now also boast The X Factor, The Slammer, Daybreak, Fairground Attractions, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Body Shockers, Fake Reaction, This Morning, Ant & Dec, The One Show & A Royal Command Performance.
The Circus of Horrors started it’s gruesome beginnings at the 1995 Glastonbury Festival and became an instant hit, touring all over the world from Chile to Chatham, Argentina to Aberdeen, Japan to Jersey including festival appearances with Alice Cooper, Eminem, Motley Crue, Oasis, Iron Maiden, The Manic St Preachers, Foo Fighters and many more.
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“If Quentin Tarantino had directed Cirque Du Soleil then you would be only half way there.”
‘The Circus of Horrors completely WOWED the audience’ The Daily Mail.
‘A Bloody Great Night Out’ The Times
‘Freaking Awesome’ The Sun
‘Bloody Good Fun - Barnum Would be proud’ Time Out
‘Circus Without A Condom’ The Telegraph
‘Bloody Marvelous’ Edinburgh Festival
‘Blood Thirsty & Burlesque’ The Independent
Tickets: £22 stalls. £20 Circle. £18 AA rows
Thursday 16th March at 7:30pm
Marking the bicentenary of the creation of Frankenstein, Blackeyed Theatre’s brand new stage adaptation of Mary Shelley’s gothic horror masterpiece embarks on a five-month UK tour.
Geneva, 1816 - Victor Frankenstein obsesses in pursuit of nature’s secret, the elixir of life itself. But nothing can prepare him for what he creates. So begins a gripping life or death adventure taking him to the ends of the earth and beyond.
Adapted by John Ginman, who penned Blackeyed Theatre’s hugely successful 2013 production of Dracula, this world premiere fuses bold ensemble storytelling, live music, puppetry and stunning theatricality to create a fresh telling of what has become a landmark work of literature.
A unique feature of the production is the use of Bunraku-style puppetry to portray The Creature. Designed and built by Yvonne Stone (Warhorse, His Dark Materials), the full size 6’4” puppet, which needs up to 3 people to manipulate it, adds an exciting new dimension to the retelling of the classic story.
Director Eliot Giuralarocca says, I’m really excited to be directing Frankenstein. It's a taut, gripping thriller, an exciting gothic fairy tale for grown-ups and a morality play all rolled into one. It’s always a daunting challenge to attempt to breathe new life into a classic but with a wonderful ensemble cast and a fusion of bold storytelling, music, sound and Bunraku-style puppetry I'm hoping we can bring Mary Shelley’s gothic fairy tale kicking and screaming into life!
John Ginman comments, Working on this has left me full of admiration for the achievement of the nineteen-year-old novice writer, who responded to the challenge of inventing a ghost story ‘to curdle the blood, and quicken the beatings of the heart’. This version seeks to provoke thought and discussion around many key issues that have renewed significance for us today including the ethics of genetic experimentation, and the causes of violent behaviour in some marginalised social groups.
The cast includes Ben Warwick as Victor Frankenstein (seasons at The National Theatre, Theatre Royal York, Royal Theatre Northampton, Watford Palace and The Finborough), Max Gallagher as Henry Clerval (Home Fires - ITV, James & The Giant Peach - Sell A Door, PIAF - Charing Cross/Bridewell), Lara Cowin as Elizabeth Lavenza (The Obfuscati - Theatre 503, Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom - Fiery Angel), Louis Labovitch (STOMP! - US tour, Leave Hitler to Me - Arts Theatre) and Ashley Sean-Cook (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas - Children’s Touring Partnership, My Pet Monster & Me – Blunderbus UK tour).
The production is supported by The National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Tickets: £16/£15 conc/£10 child
Tuesday 18th April to Saturday 22nd April at 7:30pm
The well loved story of the professor of linguistics who wagers that he can pass off a Cockney flower seller as a duchess after six months.
First performed in 1913, this play is a satirical take on the notions of class and a commentary on women's independence.
Tickets: £10 / £9 conc
Friday 7th, Thursday 13th, Friday 14th July at 7.30pm Saturday 8th & Saturday 15th July at 2.30pm
Lancaster Footlights' family production is 'The Demon Headmaster' adapted for the stage by Adrian Flynn from the popular children's book by Gillian Cross.
Strange things are happening at Lloyd and Harvey Hunter's school. When their new foster sister, Dinah arrives, she is determined to find out why........ but can she escape the Demon Headmaster?
Tickets: £9 /£8 / family £30
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