Clowns

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‘Shake it and see what happens’: the confounding world of James Thierrée
The circus star turns singer in his new show, Room, which is designed to embrace chaos. He talks about the mystery of theatre and his movie missions

Chris Wiegand

25, May, 2022 @8:49 AM

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‘It’s hard to find a teacher for sword-swallowing’: the thrilling skills of circus showwomen
Pioneering female entertainers, including a 1930s clown and a Wall of Death stunt rider, are celebrated in a show by a fearless group of performers

Kate Wyver

09, May, 2022 @7:00 PM

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Room review – chaos reigns as circus superstar James Thierrée climbs the walls
Thierrée plays an architect whose building won’t behave and a director whose performers don’t listen in a playful if disjointed production

Chris Wiegand

30, Mar, 2022 @11:46 AM

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John Lambert obituary
Other lives: Impresario and local politician who founded a community theatre in Bradford

Tony McHale

17, Nov, 2021 @5:55 PM

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Wolfgang Fischer obituary
Other lives: Gallery owner who introduced the work of classical Austrian modernists to British art lovers

John Charap

15, Nov, 2021 @9:13 PM

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Double Murder review – ghoulish and gripping with hippy hugs
Hofesh Shechter presents two contrasting pieces: Clowns, which lambasts our seeming indifference to violence, and a tender antidote called The Fix

Sanjoy Roy

16, Sep, 2021 @1:21 PM

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Camels, clowns and sex education: what to see at Edinburgh fringe 2021
The festival has shrunk because of Covid but there are plenty of shows in person and online this summer – here’s our pick of the first to be announced

Chris Wiegand

01, Jul, 2021 @2:31 PM

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Mary Sandling obituary
Other lives: Civil service librarian and activist who took up clowning late in life

Anne Philbrow

02, Jun, 2021 @4:18 PM

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Sad faces: clowns who perform in conflict zones stuck at home amid Covid
Clowns Without Borders try to spread laughter in refugee camps and communities in crisis – but the past 12 months haven’t been fun

Soo Youn

23, Apr, 2021 @9:00 AM

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'Anything can happen at the seaside': the troupe who kept Britain grinning
Tony Lidington spent 30 years with the anarchic Pierrotters. He recalls trading songs for mackerel – and lifting spirits with a little lockdown flea circus

David Jays

29, Dec, 2020 @10:00 AM

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From an earth stage to a willow Globe: theatre goes al fresco in the UK
With the reopening of indoor venues delayed, it’s open season for outdoor performances with companies heading out into the sunshine

Chris Wiegand Stage editor

06, Aug, 2020 @8:00 AM

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Tweedy’s Lost and Found review – Giffords clown bursts into your lounge
A new show from Cirencester’s Barn theatre finds Tweedy swapping the circus for an office job and assisting Kerry Mucklowe from This Country

Chris Wiegand

25, Mar, 2020 @3:11 PM

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