Audacious Mr Astley

1st Aug 2018 - 27th Aug 2018

Pleasance That - Pleasance Courtyard



In this, the 250th anniversary year of the world's first circus performance, the 'father of the modern circus' Serjeant-Major Philip Astley is reincarnated by his mordern-day equivalent.

Real-life ringmaster, circus personality and professional actor Chris Barltrop has painstakingly researched and written Astley's story and now performs it at first hand in a characterful and atmospheric presentation. A respected life-long exponent gives his unique historical view from inside the world of the classical circus, bringing the story to vivid life.

'Fascinating... kept the audience engaged throughout' (Gerald Armin, Artistic Director of Waterloo East Theatre).

'A triumph!' (Professor Marius Kwint).

Recommended age guidance: 8+

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This is a fascinating story told in an engaging style, drawing us into the time and place and giving us a flavour of the life and times of this most interesting man...A delightful hour!
5 stars
British Theatre Guide

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