Audacious Mr Astley - the man who invented circuses!
The man who invented circuses comes to #Bedfringe! With his wife, war hero and trick-rider Phillip Astley roped off a Ring in an open field in Lambeth, London, near today's Waterloo Station, and from Easter Monday 1768 performed astounding displays of equestrian expertise. Building on their early success, the couple added a clown, rope-walkers and acrobats to their presentation, and the circus was born. Professional ringmaster and actor Chris Barltrop performs his own one-man play in which the man himself tells his story and reveals his character and personality. Five-star rating at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, praised by the critics as 'fascinating, engaging' ; 'entertaining, informative, classy! Returning to Edinburgh for 2019 by special invitation - but Bedfringe comes first!
Tuesday 16th July at 9pm; Wednesday 17th July at 4pm; Thursday 18th July at 6pm. Each performance is 45 minutes. Suitable for all ages, but not recommended for under-7s. Tickets on Tuesday 16th and Thursday 18th: £8 to £10 / Wednesday 17th July £6 to £8. Online booking fee £1.50. No booking fee for offline / personal bookers.
Quarry Theatre Studio, St Peter’s St., BEDFORD, Bedfordshire MK40 2NN
Tue 16 Jul 2019 to Thu 18 Jul 2019