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Top 10 books about circuses and spectacle | Elizabeth Macneal
These dazzling shows and their dark flipside have inspired novelists from Dickens to Angela Carter – and the true stories are no less outlandish, writes Elizabeth Macneal

Elizabeth Macneal

30, Jun, 2021 @9:00 AM

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‘It was like running away with the circus’ – the thrills, shocks and genius of Kneehigh
As the legendary Cornwall-based theatre company closes, the people who made its astonishing productions look back on four decades of mayhem and innovation

Interviews by Chris Wiegand

16, Jun, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Hottest front-room seats: the best theatre and dance to watch online
From live streams of new plays to classics from the archive, here are some of the top shows online now or coming soon

Chris Wiegand Stage editor

08, Jun, 2021 @7:34 AM

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The elephant vanishes: how a circus family went on the run
The long read: Dumba has spent her life performing in circuses around Europe, but in recent years animal rights activists have been campaigning to rescue her. When it looked like they might succeed, Dumba and her owners disappeared

Laura Spinney

08, Jun, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Circus Days and Nights review – Philip Glass’s latest sees spectacle triumph over substance
Glass’s new circus-set music-theatre work, based on the writings of poet Robert Lax, is sensationally staged but the music remains earthbound

Andrew Clements

31, May, 2021 @10:53 AM

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Self-proclaimed ‘Big Bird Bandits’ return $160,000 costume to Adelaide circus
Two men seen leaving the stolen Sesame Street costume with apology note were unable to be located by police dog squad

Mostafa Rachwani

21, Apr, 2021 @3:28 AM

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Gerry Cottle obituary
Showman and entrepreneur whose circus travelled to all parts of Britain and was a hit on television

Dea Birkett

29, Jan, 2021 @4:42 PM

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Gerry Cottle, circus showman and Wookey Hole Caves owner, dies of Covid aged 75
Cottle toured the UK and internationally for decades, promoting a variety of acts, before developing attractions at the limestone caves in Somerset

Chris Wiegand

14, Jan, 2021 @3:13 PM

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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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Choose your favourite UK theatre show of 2020
Tell us about your standout show of the year – we’ll feature a selection of your favourites later this month

Guardian Stage

15, Dec, 2020 @12:00 PM

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Play-Along Plink and Boo review – circus duo upend gender bias
Build yourself a cosy den and make your own props for an imaginative, stereotype-busting home theatre experience that can’t be confined

Chris Wiegand

11, Nov, 2020 @12:08 PM

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Arts Council England is supporting the best of the UK’s cultural sector | Letter
Letter: The funding body’s CEO, Darren Henley, on how the government’s culture recovery fund is helping struggling creative organisations of all shapes and sizes


19, Oct, 2020 @4:01 PM

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