New Vic Theatre and partners have been awarded an Arts Council England grant to expand our ground-breaking Appetite programme into the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme! Click here to read the news story
When Philip Astley and Patty meet, both know their lives are about to change. As the couple begin their adventure together, they are unaware that they will become the legends of one of the greatest stories ever told…
This is an extraordinary story that starts from humble beginnings in Newcastle-under-Lyme, then spans the world as a spectacular phenomenon captures the hearts of millions of people.
This is the story of Philip Astley. This is the story of Circus.
Astley’s Astounding Adventures will be the New Vic’s most ambitious show ever. Filled with fast-paced action, humour, gripping drama and breathtaking circus spectacle, a large cast featuring faces familiar and new will bring to life this bold, colourful celebration of circus. Join us as we tell the story of our town’s hero who became the international impresario who invented circus…and conquered the world!
Thursday 26 July 2.15pm (Relaxed Performance – click here to read more)
Saturday 28 July 2.15pm (Audio Described)
“Action-packed...a joyous expression of hopes fulfilled…”— Clare Brennan, The Observer
“A joyous family show...Stupidly ambitious and gorgeously inventive …”— Kate Wyver, The Guardian
“Triumphant, humorous and warm-hearted …”— Anna Winter, The Stage
“Oh! What a circus! Oh! What a show!…”— Chris Eldon Lee, Staffs What's On
“An unbelievable show... suitable for all the family, it is imperative that you buy your tickets…”— Rob Stanway, At The Theatre
“Simply remarkable…This is more than a must see show…”— Sonya Farrall, Babababoon
“I can guarantee you a great show…”— Jenny Amphlett, The Sentinel
“I cannot recommend this wonderful show highly enough…”— William Stafford, Bum On A Seat Blog
“The best show I've seen all year!…”— Daniel Keen, UKTheatreReviews
“Gorgeous to watch…”— John Hargreaves, Market Drayton Advertiser
“A triumph of theatrical invention and storytelling…”— John Hargreaves, Market Drayton Advertiser
“Combines comedy, history, music and circus to produce an entertaining interpretation of Astley's life…”— Ruby Davies, Staffs Live
“Packed with comedy, it’s a riotous, spectacular celebration of the wonders o…”— Colette Warbrook, Yeah Lifestyle