Famous venue may be back in Brighton

The Argus: Famous venue may be back in Brighton for Fringe Famous venue may be back in Brighton for Fringe

An iconic travelling venue is set to return for this year’s Brighton Festival and Fringe – four years after it last appeared.

Organisers are said to be in the advanced stages of securing the world famous Spiegeltent to be pitched on the Old Steine throughout May.

The wooden and canvas structure, of which there are just a handful left worldwide, will host a mix of cabaret, musical acts, circus performers and burlesque shows.

The venue was last part of the Festival and Fringe back in 2009.

Its owners pulled out of the event the following year due to poor sales figures and it hasn’t appeared since.

Brighton and Hove City Council’s economic development and culture committee is expected to agree landlord’s consent when they meet next Thursday.

Councillor Geoffrey Bowden, who chairs the committee, said: “This is a really welcome return for a feature of the Fringe which has been sadly missing in recent years.

“It’s brilliant that it’s coming back.”

The news has also been welcomed by arts bosses across the city.

Julian Caddy, Fringe director, said that there were still a few “bits and pieces” to sort out but added that he was “excited” and “hopeful” for its return.

He said: “Things are looking up and hopefully in May we will have the Famous Spiegeltent in Brighton.

“It’s at an advanced enough stage to appear on council papers so we’re very hopeful.

“It is currently in Sydney for their festival before it travels to Melbourne and Canberra. I think it’s a case of ‘watch this space’. It would be fantastic.”

The hand-hewntent travels across the world to various arts events.

Primarily made of wood and canvas they also feature numerous mirrors and leaded glass – often detailed in velvet and brocade.

The original Spiegeltents were constructed in the Flemish Region of Belgium in the late 19th century and used as mobile dance halls.

Promoters would take them to the towns and villages of the Low Countries and host lavish parties.

The venue, which will hold 350 people, will be situated on the south side of the Old Steine between May 3 and June 2.

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4:14pm Sat 5 Jan 13

Cave Johnson says...

Anything with 'famous' in it's title clearly isn't.
Anything with 'famous' in it's title clearly isn't. Cave Johnson

1:51pm Sun 6 Jan 13

Patsyr says...

Hope that if this "famous and iconic " venue does come that ticket sales will make it all worthwhile.

Do the people of brighton and Hove realise how very lucky we are to maybe be getting this venue? !!
Hope that if this "famous and iconic " venue does come that ticket sales will make it all worthwhile. Do the people of brighton and Hove realise how very lucky we are to maybe be getting this venue? !! Patsyr

2:47am Tue 8 Jan 13

Posh Dave says...

Actually this venue hasn't been in Brighton since 2005 when it hosted the acclaimed "La Clique". Later visitors include the "**** Parlure" which is a modern copy of the historic Spiegeltents such as "The Famous". What distinguishes this iconic venue from many others is it's authentic "wear n tear" and the consistently high production values and attention to detail of it's owner/operator and crew.
Actually this venue hasn't been in Brighton since 2005 when it hosted the acclaimed "La Clique". Later visitors include the "**** Parlure" which is a modern copy of the historic Spiegeltents such as "The Famous". What distinguishes this iconic venue from many others is it's authentic "wear n tear" and the consistently high production values and attention to detail of it's owner/operator and crew. Posh Dave

3:04am Tue 8 Jan 13

Posh Dave says...

The Famous Spiegeltent is owned and managed by Australian pianist and theatrical producer David Bates, who first utilised the tent as a venue at the 1996 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. After a successful visit to Melbourne in 2001, Bates bought the tent from previous owners Scottish & Newcastle and set it up as a unique travelling venue - Wiki - The Famous Spiegeltent. Website - http://www.spiegelte
nt.net.
The Famous Spiegeltent is owned and managed by Australian pianist and theatrical producer David Bates, who first utilised the tent as a venue at the 1996 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. After a successful visit to Melbourne in 2001, Bates bought the tent from previous owners Scottish & Newcastle and set it up as a unique travelling venue - Wiki - The Famous Spiegeltent. Website - http://www.spiegelte nt.net. Posh Dave

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