Stratford Circus

Stratford Circus Building Exterior

Run by registered charity, Stratford Arts Trust, Stratford Circus boasts flexible spaces including a 284-seat auditorium, 90-seat studio, a large airy studio space, and an open plan, accessible café/bar area. Driven by artistic excellence and the diverse communities of east London, our mission is to inspire and develop talent in collaboration with the best artists in the UK and internationally. We curate a visionary, artistic programme of dance, theatre, music, comedy, literature and circus, and together with our Circlets branded children’s theatre programme, we are a destination venue for local families & residents.

Venue Type:

Campaign or initiative

Opening hours

9 am - 6 pm (opening times vary beyond these hours depending on performance running times.)

Admission charges

Stratford Circus is a public building so entry is free - however entry to specific shows will cost and pre-booking may be necessary.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
The actors

The Bunker Trilogy

  • 24 September — 3 October 2015

See Morgana, Agamemnon and Macbeth played out at close range in a WWI trench dugout. In 2014 these shows won the Best Theatre Award after a sold out, acclaimed run at the Adelaide Fringe in South Australia before returning to a sold out second season in Edinburgh and at the Seoul Performing Arts Festival in South Korea.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Where

Stratford Circus Arts Center
Stratford Circus Arts Centre, Theatre Square, Stratford, London
E15 1BX

Admission

£8 - £14

Website

https://stratford-circus.com

Baby

Under Foot

  • 2 — 3 October 2015 From 10am

Under Foot is an interactive sound and movement performance, where the audience is invited to explore three different floor surfaces, interact with the performers and respond to the textures and sensations through movement, dance and play.

Interactive technology beneath the dance floor is triggered by the audience above to produce a unique soundscape, which is complimented by a live musician. The result is a magical and immersive sensory experience.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Where

Stratford Circus Arts Center
Stratford Circus Arts Centre, Theatre Square, Stratford, London
E15 1BX

Admission

£6.50 - £8.50

FRI 2 OCT: 10am, 11.30am and 1.30pm.
SAT 3 OCT: 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

Website

https://stratford-circus.com/event/under-foot/

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Fun Palaces Family Day

  • 3 October 2015 From 11am

An interactive, participatory day of fun for the whole family: catch a performance of the multi-sensory dance experience Under Foot, or drop in and take part in a whole range of activities including performances, workshops, and arts and crafts.

Drop-in activities are FREE although some may be ticketed. Please note that tickets to performances of Under Foot must be purchased.

Fun Palaces is a national celebration of arts and culture driven by location, innovation and engagement. Please visit funpalaces.co.uk for more information on Fun Palaces events across the UK.

Keep checking the page for event updates!

Where

Stratford Circus Arts Center
Stratford Circus Arts Centre, Theatre Square, Stratford, London
E15 1BX

Website

https://stratford-circus.com/event/fun-palaces-family-day/

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She Called Me Mother

  • 8 — 11 October 2015 ,

Evangeline is waiting, she has been waiting a long time. She waits for the Black Swan to glide through the station and show her a little warmth and kindness. She waits for Shirley the daughter she let walk away all those years ago. Will her daughter ever return to her and can Shirley ever forgive the mother that let her go?

Written by playwright Michelle Inniss in the Trinidadian vernacular, and starring BAFTA-nominated Cathy Tyson.She Called Me Mother is a compelling and poignant show about homelessness, love, loss and society.

BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated Cathy Tyson is best known for her stage work with the RSC, the Liverpool Everyman and on film in Mona Lisa (1986) starring alongside Bob Hoskins.

Pitch Lake Productions is a new, all-female Nottingham based theatre production company that aims to bring unheard voices and untold stories to the stage.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£8 - £14

Website

https://stratford-circus.com/event/she-called-me-mother/

Actress

Portrait

  • 23 — 24 October 2015 From 7:45am

Just how do you navigate today’s world?

This critical question is explored in the exciting debut solo show from writer, performer and rising talent Racheal Ofori (The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare’s Globe).

Inspired by her own experiences, Portrait is a frank and funny look at the trials and tribulations of modern existence seen through the eyes of a young black woman. Candid and satirical, this one-woman show uses music, poetry and dance to explore identity and role models and challenge cultural stereotypes.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Where

Stratford Circus Arts Center
Stratford Circus Arts Centre, Theatre Square, Stratford, London
E15 1BX

Admission

£8 - £12

Website

https://stratford-circus.com/event/portrait/

Dancers

IGNITION

  • 28 October 2015 From 7:30pm

12 of the brightest and bravest young male performers brought together after a UK-wide search and selection process, the Ignition company will be in residence at Stratford Circus for a week, culminating with the performance of a new piece of exhilarating, risk-taking physical theatre.

Created in just four days and directed by Frantic Assembly’s Artistic Director Scott Graham, the performance will be devised by the Ignition Company, harnessing the voices, energy and commitment of these young performers.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Stratford Circus Arts Center
Stratford Circus Arts Centre, Theatre Square, Stratford, London
E15 1BX

Admission

£5

Website

https://stratford-circus.com/event/ignition/

Mother and baby

16 Singers

  • 29 — 31 October 2015

Specially created by Katherine Morley for babies aged 0 - 18 months and their grown-ups, 16 Singers cleverly captures the attention of tiny spectators using breath, rhythms and song.

An uplifting score by Paul Rissmann is sung by the performers as they blend gentle dance with harmonious music. With its very young audience at its heart, 16 Singers is a rare opportunity to share a beautifully crafted performance with your baby.

DURATION: 35 MINS

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

Tickets are sold in 'baby & carer' pairs at £12 with individuals (aged 7+ years) at £7

THU 29 & FRI 30 OCT: 12PM AND 2PM
SAT 31 OCT: 10.30PM, 12 PM AND 2.30PM

Website

https://stratford-circus.com/event/16-singers/

child

Halloween Family Rave

  • 1 November 2015 From 3pm

After an award-winning year for the Big Fish Little Fish crew, they’re back at Stratford Circus Arts Centre - this time with a spooky twist! After Spring’s sell-out party, this Halloween themed rave promises more banging tunes by big name DJs on a multi-sensory dance floor filled with bubble machines, glitter cannons and balloons. And don’t miss the fantastic giant parachute dance.

Join Captain Cookie in the Happy Monkey craft area or relax in the chillout space complete with ball pools, tents and tunnels for our littlest ravers. Taking control of the decks will be Andy Smith (Portishead) and Will Nicol (Northern Soul Rave Patrol). With delicious food and a licensed bar to hand, free glowsticks, transfer tattoos and a take-home goody bag, it’s a party designed for everyone to enjoy.

Please note: As this event is designed specifically for 0-8 years, our usual babes in arms policy does not apply to this event.

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Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

On the door: £11 adult, £7 child

Website

https://stratford-circus.com/event/halloween-family-rave/

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We This Way

  • 5 — 6 November 2015 From 7:45pm

Choose your own path through an imagined world… or perhaps your neighbour will choose for you. Without leaving your seat, you – or most of you, anyway – can go wherever you want. If not, don’t worry. Life is full of second chances.

Explore a new interactive performance from the creator of The Unbuilt Room.

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Commissioned by and developed at Battersea Arts Centre

Admission

£12/£10 concs
£8 students

Website

https://stratford-circus.com/event/we-this-way/

baby

Light Steps

  • 7 November 2015 From 11:30am

Light Steps is a dance piece for young audiences following the amazing day of a puppet called Alex. As the sun travels across the sky moments of Alex’s day are marked with wonder, music and dance. Alex wakes to morning light, watches a cloud by over the sun at mid-day, plays in the waves as the tide comes in and goes to bed to the rays of the sunset. Light Steps encourages young audiences to join Alex in dancing and moving through the different points in Alex’s day.

The piece takes inspiration from an exhibition by artist Spencer Finch, The Skies Can’t Keep Their Secret, which was on show at the Turner Contemporary, Margate in 2014. Light Steps was first performed in this exhibition space in August 2014. The piece takes young audiences on a magical journey using light and colour as a portal through moments in time. Adesola Akinleye’s work comes to life through dance and live music, with costumes and props designed by US-based sceneographer and costume designer Shelby Newport and live music composed and performed by Jacob Shirley. Characters and objects in the piece are inspired by drawings and dances created with young people during a residency at Bromstone Primary School in Broadstairs.

The accompanying music was beautiful, the dancers were awesome and we liked the use of colour and scarves

AUDIENCE MEMBER
Please note: The audience sit on the same level as the dancers performance space

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

Price: £10 / £8 concs / £32 family of four must include one child

SAT 7 NOV: 11.30AM AND 3PM

Website

https://stratford-circus.com/event/light-steps/

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The Forest

  • 13 — 14 November 2015 From 11am

One day, they are drawn into the dark and mysterious forest and find themselves on an unexpected journey of self-discovery, filled with surprising encounters and experiences that change their lives forever.

An intriguing multi-sensory tale that immerses audiences in a world full of new sights, sounds, smells and sensations; The Forest is the unmissable new production from Frozen Light created specifically for teenagers and adults with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) to enjoy with their friends and family.

Please note that due to the nature and capacity of this production, tickets for The Forest can only be booked over the phone or via email.

To book tickets or for more information please call 0208 279 1082 or email circlets@stratford-circus.com

Supported by the Aspers Good Causes Fund

Admission

£10/£8 Concs

FRI 3 NOV: 11AM AND 1.30PM
SAT 14 NOV: 11.30AM AND 3 PM

Website

https://stratford-circus.com/event/the-forest/

Musicians

Jamie Macdowell And Tom Thum

  • 19 — 21 November 2015

Not your typical musical duo, beatboxing master Tom Thum and accomplished singer-songwriter Jamie MacDowell will fuse their musical talents together this autumn for a one-off run of shows.

Tom’s mind-blowing beats plus Jamie’s heartfelt lyrics makes for a laid-back night of melody, rhythm and word. This musical duo will be inviting their friends along for the ride, so expect special guests and pop-up performances!

Having toured across three continents with the Tom Tom Crew and received countless awards along the way, this pair will charm your socks off with their originality, banter and energy.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Where

Stratford Circus Arts Center
Stratford Circus Arts Centre, Theatre Square, Stratford, London
E15 1BX

Admission

THU £12.50/£10 Concs
£8 Students

FRI AND SAT £15/£12.50 Concs
£10 Students

Website

https://stratford-circus.com/event/jamie-macdowell-and-tom-thum/

Samurai

Kuli-Kala: REVENGE OF THE SAMURAI

  • 24 — 28 November 2015

An evil Shogun, sword fighting Ninjas, and a Samurai bent on revenge combine to make the sensational musical drama Kuli-Kala. Set in the 16th century in the mysterious Far Eastern country of Zipang, this live-action, anime-style performance tells the story of an enigmatic Samurai and a group of female Ninjas, all seeking revenge against the wicked Shogun who murdered their families.

As the Samurai and the Ninjas struggle to join forces to defeat the Shogun, fast-paced action, superb swordplay and battles ensue! Well known in Japan for their brilliant multimedia effects and flawless ‘Ta-Te’ swordplay, Japanese company 30-DELUX are bringing Kuli-Kala to London for the first time. Don’t miss the opportunity to see these Japanese superheroes live on stage!

With music by Japanese film composer Toshihiko Sahashi, well known for scoring soundtracks to popular Japanese anime including Gundam SEED and The Musical Sailor Moon, along with spectacular costumes and amazing special effects, Kuli-Kala will have you on the edge of your seat with excitement!

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Where

Stratford Circus Arts Centre
Stratford Circus Arts Centre, Theatre Square, Stratford, London
E15 1BX

Admission

£25 premium
£20 a reserve
£15/£10 concs and Newham residents (B reserve)

Website

https://stratford-circus.com/event/kuli-kala/

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The Comedy of Errors

  • 28 November 2015 From 11:30am

Am I in earth, in heaven, or in hell?

In a city celebrating carnival, two sets of identical twins seek each other amidst a riot of music and colour. Separated for many years, the brothers face comedic confusion, arrests, and multiple mistaken identities before a final joyful reunion.

Following last year’s vibrant and contemporary adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, this autumn the National Theatre presents a new fast-paced and energetic re-telling of William Shakespeare’s hilarious and moving farce.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£8.30/£6.50 concs
£26 family of four (must include one child)

Website

https://stratford-circus.com/event/the-comedy-of-errors/

puppets

We're Going On A Bear Hunt

  • 2 — 26 December 2015

We’re going on a bear hunt.
We’re going to catch a big one.
What a beautiful day!
We’re not scared.

A family go on an expedition of a lifetime – running down the grassy bank, wading through the cold river, squelching over the oozy mud, stumbling into the dark forest, then peering into a cave…

Little Angel Theatre brings Michael Rosen’s thrilling and funny adventure to life in a brand new puppetry production directed by Little Angel Theatre's Artistic Director Peter Glanville and with music and lyrics by renowned singer-songwriter Barb Jungr.

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Schools performances available.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. Illustrations from the book copyright © 1989 Helen Oxenbury. By permission of Walker Books Ltd, London.

Supported by the Aspers Good Causes Fund

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£10/£8 concs
£32 family of four (must include one child)

Please, see our website for times

Age: 2+

Website

https://stratford-circus.com/event/bear-hunt/

Actress

The Wizard of Us

  • 5 — 6 December 2015

In true typical Blue Sky style, we mash up and recreate Dorothy and Toto’s adventure and turn it into a real festive treat. This fun-packed family extravaganza celebrates inclusive storytelling, song, music, movement and a festive pinch of creative madness. Oh no, we didn’t... OH YES, WE DID!

Stratford Circus’ Blue Sky Actors are an ensemble of performers with and without learning difficulties and disabilities.

Admission

£4/£2 concs

SAT 5 DEC: 7PM
SUN 6 DEC: 5PM

All ages

Duration: 65 mins

Website

https://stratford-circus.com/event/the-wizard-of-us/

child

The World Beyond The Wardrobe

  • 21 — 22 December 2015

Duration: 20 mins

Admission at 5 minute intervals from
10am - 11:45am
1pm - 2:45pm
3:30pm - 5:25pm

A Narnia-inspired interactive experience for families, The World Beyond the Wardrobe promises to be full of chills, mystery and magic.

Your challenge: to bring colour back into this forever snowy world in time for Christmas. Expect to find yourself strolling through a winter forest, drinking tea with a faun, and meeting the rightful ruler of Narnia, the powerful lion Aslan. Look out for surprises along your journey, too!

Step into this fairytale realm to solve the challenge, but remember: you will have to return to the real world…

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

Price: Child £8.50 / £6.50 concs, Adult £3.50

Please, see our website for times.

Age: 4-8

Website

https://stratford-circus.com/event/beyond-the-wardrobe-mon/

Stratford Circus
Theatre Square
Stratford
London
E15 1BX
England

Website

www.stratford-circus.com

E-mail

info@stratford-circus.com

Telephone

020 8279 1001

Box Office

0844 357 2625

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