The Spiegeltent has returned to the Old Steine for its annual residency as part of The Brighton Festival, boasting a line-up that includes award-winning cabaret La Clique, the theatrical Mikelangelo & The Black Sea Gentlemen and The Ray Charles Experience as well as Festival acts and club nights.
To find out more about this enchanting orginal Art Nouveau venue, we caught up with producer of The Famous Spiegel Garden, David Bates…
How old is the Spiegeltent that is in town for The Brighton Festival?
This spiegeltent is called The Moulin Rouge and was built in 1918 in Herentals in Belgium. The builders were Oscar Mols Dom and Louis Gorr.
What type of acts would have performed in the Spiegeltent in the late and early 19th and 20th centuries?
Spiegeltents were originally travelling dance halls so most of the entertainment was in the form of travelling dance organs and live dance bands. They travelled with the fairgrounds, which came to villages once a year. Spiegeltents collect the ghosts of their previous locations and these ghosts come out every time the containers are opened. So like may old buildings the sense of history is palpable and adds to the experience.Read the full story »
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