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Circus, Thu 17 - Sun 20 Aug 2017, £4-£30


Magical Travelling Circus

Magical Travelling Circus


Roll up! Roll up! Acrobatic theatre company Nicole & Martin are in town and they're telling Grimm's fairy tales. They travel the world in wooden wagons, pitching their magical tent on village greens and theatre lawns, and captivating audiences of all ages with their theatrical shows.

We are thrilled to welcome them to Whitby Abbey this summer. Inside the glowing tent, stories, music and acrobats swirl around you. Familiar tales jump irresistibly to life into truly unique, enchanting, virtuoso masterpieces with Nicole & Martin's unmistakable style.

Four award-winning shows combine theatre, music, song, dance, juggling, acrobatics and laughter. For the whole family, adults and teenagers too! Oh and they'll serve you French crêpes, brownies, and Italian coffee.

Choose which story you'd like to see and book today - limited seating available. Don't miss out!

Thursday 17 August, 6pm - 7.10pm
The Girl With No Hands
One morning a king sees a maiden in his garden eating a pear from his favourite tree. She has lost everything, even her own hands, due to a terrible pact that her very foolish father made with the devil. The pact signed and sealed, how will the girl manage to overcome it? This amazing story is told with breathtaking skill, humour and beauty…and a tightrope. Witness genuine theatrical magic.

Suitable for families with over 5's.

Friday 18 August, 6pm - 7.10pm
Iron John
Nicole & Martin and their children's remarkable interpretation of Grimm's tale of initiation is the latest production from this extraordinary theatrical family. A young prince is the only one bold enough to approach the wild man in the forest, Iron John. In return, Iron John will teach him things he will need for his quest. Come and follow the young prince on his adventurous and acrobatic-strewn path towards becoming a man. Armed with loads of instruments, an aerial hoop, and a whole fantastic bag of tricks.

Suitable for families with over 5's.

Saturday 19 August, 6pm - 7.10pm
The Fisherman and His Wife
The fisherman sits and waits for a fish to bite. To his amazement the fish that he catches is an enchanted one: one that grants wishes. What would you wish for? Nicole & Martin conjure up a glorious play out of a single wooden box: the ocean, the long table in the castle, an emperor's finery and even the sun itself. This lively and popular show is a rollercoaster theatrical journey from one wish to the next, until the biggest wish of them all…

Suitable for families with over 5's.

Sunday 20 August, 11am - 12pm
The Bremen Town Musicians
A donkey, a dog, a cat and a rooster are old and no longer useful to their master. A sad end seems to be unavoidable. Huh? No way! Instead, the four animals decide to escape - and off they go towards Bremen where they plan to start a new life as town musicians. But will they ever reach it? And how will Nicole and Martin manage to play 8 characters all at once?

This show is for the whole family, including infants and under 5's.

We'll be open late until 8.30pm from Thu 17 - Sat 19 August so that you can explore the abbey ruins and watch the sunset after the show.

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Children welcome

Event details

Dates Times
Thu 17 - Sun 20 Aug 2017 11:00 18:00


Member (Adult) £11.00
Member (Child) £4.00
Member (Concession) £9.00
Member (Family) £26.00
Adult £12.00
Child, 5-15 years £5.00
Concession £10.00
Family £30.00


Whitby Abbey

0370 333 1183


Whitby Abbey,
North Yorkshire,
YO22 4JT



See location of Whitby Abbey on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: NZ 901112  Lat: 54.48815 Long: -0.61064

By Road:
Situated on the East Cliff. Follow signs to town centre and then pick up brown signs to Abbey.

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Whitby station


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