From Saturday 4 to Saturday 18 May step inside the Salon Perdu for two weeks of circus, music, theatre, variety, workshops and more.
Nottingham has a long history of hosting touring pop-up venues, with its famous Goose Fair being a mecca for live entertainment for over 700 years, long before the thrill rides of today. The Magnificent Spiegeltent continues to build on this tradition, with its fourth modern-day visit to the City.
This beautiful, century-old travelling dance hall – made of wood and complete with ornate decoration and mirrors – will host its biggest-ever programme in Nottingham, featuring big names such as Milton Jones (Thursday 9 May) and Andy and the Odd Socks (Saturday 11 May) as well as Edinburgh Festival Fringe favourites and heaps of home-grown talent.
Alongside an already sold-out event from Spiegeltent regulars Bamalamasingsong and with just a few tickets left for the famous Gilded Merkin Burlesque and Cabaret, 2019 will see a whole host of other Nottingham-based acts take centre stage.
Music lovers can catch kid-friendly four-piece Johnny and the Raindrops on Sunday 5 May as well as Acoustickle’s jazz and soul spectacular on Saturday 11 and folk band Silk Roots on Sunday 12. For those looking for something a little different, local theatre company New Perspectives present ‘part-melancholic love story, part-deliciously deadpan comedy’ The Man Without A Past on Monday 13 May and the Nottingham Guild of Magicians will host an evening of close-up illusions and mind-blowing stage magic on Wednesday 15.
This year, public funding from Arts Council England through the National Lottery is supporting the Spiegeltent’s family programme, including FREE performances and walkabouts as well as low-cost workshops for adults, children and young people alike.
On Sunday 5 May meet the characters from Rhubarb Theatre’s The Bookworms outside the Spiegeltent and on Sunday 12 join Phileas Fogg and his valet Passepartout as they attempt to circumnavigate the world… in Old Market Square!
Following a FREE performance at 1.15pm on Saturday 4 May, book to take part in BeatFeet’s African drumming and Bhangra dance workshops and join Nottingham Playhouse for children’s workshops in music, movement, dance, storytelling and drama between Tuesday 7 and Monday 13.
Grown-ups can get moving and shaking in the ’tent too, with a range of exercise sessions led by local instructors including Sunrise Morning Yoga on Wednesday 8 and 15 May as well as Zumba, bootybarre and Yogalates workshops (Thursday 9 and Saturday 18 May).
Hugh White, Director of Sport and Culture at Nottingham City Council said: ‘It’s fantastic to have The Magnificent Spiegeltent back in Nottingham. This year’s programme has something for everyone, presenting even more local talent and opportunities to get involved. Don’t miss out on what’s guaranteed to be a unique experience in this really special venue.’
Check out the programme below:
Saturday 4 May: Story Explorers, 10am | Story Explorers, 11.30am
Saturday 4 May: FREE African Drumming performance
Saturday 4 May: African Drumming Workshop
Saturday 4 May: Family Bhangra Dance Workshop
Saturday 4 May: Bamalamasingsong
Sunday 5 May: The Bookworms
Sunday 5 May: Johnny and the Raindrops
Sunday 5 May: The Gilded Merkin: Burlesque and Cabaret
Monday 6 May: Carboard Carnival: 10:30am | Cardboard Carnival: 2:30pm
Monday 6 May: Gem Radio Silent Disco
Monday 6 May: The Greatest Nottingham Circus Show
Tuesday 7 May: Children’s Workshops with Nottingham Playhouse
Tuesday 7 May: Living Room Circus – The Penguin and I
Wednesday 8 May: Sunrise Morning Yoga
Wednesday 8 May: Vulvarine
Wednesday 8 May: Bubble Schmeisis
Thursday 9 May: Zumba Workshop
Thursday 9 May: Milton Jones: Work In Progress
Friday 10 May: Detonate 20th Birthday Party
Saturday 11 May: Andy and the Odd Socks, 1pm | Andy and the Odd Socks, 4.30pm
Saturday 11 May: Acoustickle – Jazz and Soul
Sunday 12 May: Silk Roots and Black Peacock
Sunday 12 May: Children’s Workshops with Nottingham Playhouse
Sunday 12 May: Dizzy O’Dare’s Giant Balloon Show
Sunday 12 May: Stone Foundation
Monday 13 May: Children’s Workshops with Nottingham Playhouse
Monday 13 May: The Man Without A Past
Tuesday 14 May: Vagabond: Hannah Moisala
Tuesday 14 May: Salon du Chocolat – Scary Little Girls
Wednesday 15 May: Sunrise Morning Yoga
Wednesday 15 May: BeBops Music and Movement Workshop
Wednesday 15 May: Rainbow Stripes Live Music Workshop
Wednesday 15 May: Nottingham Guild of Magicians
Thursday 16 May: Bulsara and His Queenies
Friday 17 May: Sing me a story: 1:30pm | Sing me a Story: 2:30pm
Friday 17 May: The Gilded Merkin: Burlesque and Cabaret
Saturday 18 May: Bootybarre Workshop
Saturday 18 May: Yogalates Workshop
Saturday 18 May: Circus Skills Workshop
Saturday 18 May: The Worst Little Warehouse in London
Saturday 18 May: Cabaret of Dreams
Pick up a flyer from the box office or Nottingham Tourism Centre.