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Audacious Mr Astley at The Quarry Theatre

Tuesday 16 July 2019

Venue: The Quarry Theatre Studio, 26 St Peter's Street, Bedford MK40 2NN

Awarded 5 stars by reviewers at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of other awards – Serjeant-Major Philip Astley is saddling up to head to #Bedfringe, Bedford's own performing arts festival, to tell first-hand how he and his wife Patty founded the world's first modern circus.

Audacious Mr Astley is meticulously researched and costumed, full of the richness of the Classical circus itself.  It's written and performed by modern-day professional ringmaster Chris Barltrop, whose unique 'insider' view reveals the character of the 'father of the circus' as well as his story.  Stubborn, cocksure, proud, jealous…   Barltrop has meet a few circus proprietors in his time, and Astley may well have been their archetype. 

Audacious Mr Astley performs as an Edinburgh Fringe Preview at the Quarry Theatre Studio, St Peter's St, Bedford MK40 2NN on 16th, 17th and 18th July.  Details and tickets at / 01234 362337.


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