Circus

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High hoops: how two brothers became Africa’s biggest circus duo
Bibi and Bichu Tesfamariam went from juggling at school in Ethiopia to dazzling audiences with their circus skills around the world. So what’s next?

Lyndsey Winship

19, May, 2022 @1:00 PM

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Ringling Bros circus returns after five years – without animals
Famous circus ended 146-year-run in January 2017 after customer sales declined in wake of criticism over animal acts

Staff and agencies

18, May, 2022 @3:43 PM

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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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‘It’s like Heathrow control room’: creating Wondrous Stories, Birmingham 2022 festival’s opener
Motionhouse artistic director Kevin Finnan reveals the challenges in preparing a spectacular start to a festival

Lyndsey Winship

14, Mar, 2022 @10:30 AM

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Digested week: a night out at the circus leaves lots to think about | Emma Brockes
Like other modern entertainment, a self-help script aims to lift the evening from merely diverting to inspirational

Emma Brockes

04, Feb, 2022 @11:52 AM

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Manipulate festival review – a wealth of delights for the imagination
Magical AR miniatures and a dream-like circus drama are among the impressive productions opening this celebration of visually led theatre

Mark Fisher

31, Jan, 2022 @12:01 AM

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Gandini Juggling: Life review – Merce Cunningham tribute is a little gem
Combining juggling and contemporary dance, this is a complex and accomplished homage to the late choreographer

Lyndsey Winship

13, Jan, 2022 @11:06 AM

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The Little Prince review – wistful and beguiling production casts a surreal spell
The stage adaptation of the 1943 novella may not be one for the cynics – but the melding of circus and projection will transport those open to it

Cassie Tongue

06, Jan, 2022 @1:15 AM

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John Turner obituary
Other lives: Playwright, director and musician long associated with the Albany theatre in east London

Stephen Turner

17, Dec, 2021 @6:20 PM

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What went wrong at Circus Oz? The story behind the veteran company’s ‘devastating’ downfall
After 44 years as Australia’s national circus, members voted to reject the reform proposed by its funding partners – reluctantly choosing to close shop instead

Elissa Blake

10, Dec, 2021 @7:00 PM

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La Clique review – intimate alt cabaret full of giddy thrills
From a sword-swallowing fire-breather to high-risk rollerskaters and the Incredible Hula Boy, this is sexy, edgy, head-exploding stuff

Lyndsey Winship

19, Nov, 2021 @11:54 AM

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