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Audacious Mr Astley

31st Jul 2019 - 25th Aug 2019

The Cellar - Pleasance Courtyard

10:50am

Overview

Meet the man who invented circuses!

From cavalry hero to circus founder, Sergeant-Major Philip Astley is the real Greatest Showman, telling first-hand of the dawn and spread of circus from simple beginnings in London 250 years ago when he and his wife presented their trick-riding on an open field, then took their new entertainment to the royal courts of Europe.

Actor and respected professional ringmaster Chris Barltrop's very lively one-man play, meticulously researched. A unique view of popular culture in the making from inside the circus community.

***** (BritishTheatreGuide.info)

 

Age Guideline: 8+ 

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