Published on September 27th, 2013 | by admin


“Imagine Cirque du Soleil as channeled through Rocky Horror Picture Show” – The New York Times

“Left me speechless…cool live music, hot taut bodies, eye popping feats  of grace and muscle” – New York Daily News

“Spectacular and kinetically stunning” – Time Out New York

After rave reviews, sold out performances and standing ovations in New York, Sydney, Melbourne,  Brisbane and Perth, Spiegelworld will bring its all-new show EMPIRE to Newcastle, pitching its opulent  spiegeltent in front of the Civic Theatre for a limited season from November 14 2013.

EMPIRE smashes the boundaries of circus, cabaret, vaudeville and burlesque, reinventing the genres  for a 21st century audience and presenting the sexiest, most daring artists from across the globe. The  show had its world premiere season in New York City during the summer of 2012, where it was the  first tented show ever seen in Times Square.

The 700-seat antique spiegeltent, complete with bevelled mirrors, velvet-upholstered seating booths, a  speak-easy style bar and the most intimate stage in town, will host the most jaw-dropping and  outrageous night out you’ll experience this year.

The Newcastle season of EMPIRE follows spectacular engagements in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane  and Perth that left audiences amazed nd breathless. In Sydney, The Sun Herald awarded the show  a rare“10/10”; while The Sydney Morning Herald described it as “the best show I’ve seen in years”.

The Brisbane Times said, “the athleticism and audacity of Empire’s performers are a marvel. It’s  now one of my picks for show of the year… the best sex of my life and I wasn’t even involved”.  The West Australian recently described the show as ‘a thrilling, agile, contemporary circus,  immaculately staged and precariously gripping for every one of its 90 minutes”

EMPIRE is a 90-minute theatrobatic adventure performed by the greatest international talent ever  assembled in one tent. The MCs, Oscar and Fanny, steer the show while an eccentric cast of characters help Oscar rebuild his empire; the seductive Gorilla Girls from Ukraine form perfectly  balanced pyramids on top of each other and the Ethiopian foot juggler Black Flintstone throws and  impossibly catches his brother Big Mac Boy on his feet.

Other performers include the Lime Green Lady and Carrot Man who beautifully and sensuously  balance each other, the Half Naked Asian Dude Wearing Pigtails from Japan who is the world  champion wheelmaster, rolling dangerously past the audience; Miss A in a Bubble contorts gracefully  inside an aerial sphere and the 3D Graffiti Guy from Canada creates amazing structures, balanced  entirely on a feather. Miss Purple is the resident vocalist and is backed by the Viking of 6th Avenue,  Moondog.

To create EMPIRE, Spiegelword Impresario Ross Mollison assembled a stellar Australian creative  team of director Terence O’Connell (numerous Australian comedy greats at The Last Laugh in  Melbourne through to Circus Oz), choreographer John ‘Cha Cha’ O’Connell (Strictly Ballroom,  Moulin Rouge, The Great Gatsby), and designer Angus Strathie (Academy Award for Moulin Rouge).

Spiegelworld first presented its annual summer season in New York City on Pier 17, South Street,  Seaport with acclaimed shows including Absinthe, La Vie, Gazillionaire’s Late Night Lounge and Desir.  For the world premiere season of EMPIRE last year, Spiegelworld relocated to a premium vacant lot  right in the heart of Broadway. Spiegelworld is also currently presenting Absinthe on the forecourt of
Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, now in its 20th sold-out month and recently extended through to 2015.

EMPIRE at Spiegelworld
From November 14 2013
Under the spiegeltent, Wheeler Place, next to Civic Theatre, Newcastle
Performance Schedule: Tickets:
Tuesday – Thursday 8:00pm Tue/Wed/Thu: $59.00 – $129.00*
Friday & Saturday 7:30pm & 9:30pm Fri/Sat/Sun: $69.00 – $149.00*
Sunday – 7:00pm
*A special VIP Ticket is available which includes seating in the front two rows, VIP entry
and a complimentary beverage.
Call 02 4929 1977
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