Roll Up, Roll Up for The Famous Spiegeltent

Returning to Arts Centre Melbourne Forecourt
Wednesday 5 February – Sunday 21 April 2013

MELBOURNE, TUESDAY 9 OCTOBER 2012—The Famous Spiegeltent will once again adorn the Arts Centre Melbourne Forecourt from Wednesday 5 February to 21 April 2013, with its signature mix of circus, cabaret, theatre and live music, with additional programs for children, and food and wine events. Tickets for the first shows go on sale at 9am on Tuesday October 23.


“The Famous Spiegeltent – widely regarded as the most beautiful of the Spiegeltents – has a long history with Melbourne, which was the first city in Australia to host it.” said Tim Brinkman, Executive Performing Arts, Arts Centre Melbourne. “The Famous Spiegeltent season has since become a much anticipated annual event in Melbourne’s performing arts calendar, and its mirrored interiors a mecca for quirky and idiosyncratic local and international artists.  It’s a joy to program this historic tent and we are pleased to be able to welcome it back  to our city and offer up a fresh and unique program in 2013, including acrobatics, burlesque, jazz concerts and 1930s glamour.”

New in 2013:

Renowned French American acoustic group Moriarty, whose unique sound has been described as ‘Depression era American folk/cabaret’ meets early Neil Young.

The Dark Party, three-man show of extreme visceral, punk-inspired ‘sideshow noir’ fusing sideshow stunts and contemporary comedic theatre, where staple guns, singing saws, power tools and car batteries all make a cameo appearance.

Spiegel favourite Lior performing with Melbourne vocalist/composer Gian Slater and her choral ensemble ‘Invenio’ for three magical evenings in March

Favourites of the international swing dance circuit Tuba Skinny, a raucous seven band direct from New Orleans known for their vibrant blues music evoking the ‘Dixieland’ spirit of the twenties and thirties and their explosive performances on streets and stages across the globe.

 Once Upon a Time, a new series of classical daytime shows on Wednesday mornings. Highlights include ARIA Award winning Sally Witwell and her toy piano; Egyptian-born oud virtuoso Joseph Tawadros and a rare performance from acclaimed Australia composer Brett Dean.

Big Band Burlesque – an ‘adults-only’ variety show with a stellar line-up of local and international burlesque artists featuring Gypsy Wood and international burlesque sensation Lada Redstar accompanied by a live band.

 A great lineup of shows for kids and families including the Super Speedy Sound Shed (April school holidays) a ‘live radio play adventure’ where the audience and performers create and explore the crazy world of sound effects.

The Famous Supper Club, a inimitable supper-and-show experience with highlight shows including Imogen Kelly, reigning Queen of Burlesque as crowned in Las Vegas at Miss World Exotica, performing Herstory, a  time travelling romp through the hilarious escapades of history’s most notorious women.

Returning in 2013:

The sell-out hit of 2012, the hugely popular Jazz High Tea, a gourmet afternoon of cakes, tea and Melbourne’s most-loved jazz musicians, returning Sundays during the season.

Club Spiegel – late night risqué revelry on Friday and Saturday nights, featuring a headline band plus guests from circus, cabaret, theatre, burlesque and more.


Especially for Melbourne’s littlest music lovers, a Sunday morning program offering a mix of local and international acts including Holly Throsby, London Klezmer Quartet, The Mighty Buzzniks, Boon Wurrung Ngargee, MSO Jam for Juniors and MASSIVE Choir. 

More shows to be announced shortly

Tickets for the above programs in The Famous Spiegeltent Season 2013
will be available from Tuesday 23 October.

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