Spiegelworld Will Pop Its Tent in Midtown Theatre District for Empire

News   Spiegelworld Will Pop Its Tent in Midtown Theatre District for Empire
Spiegelworld, the producer of tent-housed theatrical events that draw on circus, cabaret, variety and burlesque traditions, will return to New York City this summer for a 15-week run of a new show called Empire, in the Broadway theatre district.

The Spiegelworld tent will go up on a vacant lot at 265 W. 45th Street. Shows begin May 22 and continue to Sept. 2. Opening night is May 31.

Ross Mollison, Spiegelworld producer, said in a statement, "We've scoured the planet to find the most awe-inspiring acts ever performed, and assembled them together on one stage, creating the greatest show New York has ever known. New Yorkers are the most demanding audiences in the world, and so we have had no choice but to deliver a show that represents the very height of the art."

Empire headliners include Moondog, Carrot Man, Polka Dot Woman, Rubbish Bag Lady, Lime Green Lady and many more.

Tickets go on sale March 26.

Spiegelworld shows first came to life in New York City in summer 2006, when it launched an annual summer season on Pier 17 in the South Street Seaport neighborhood. Spiegelworld has produced Absinthe, La Vie, Late Night Lounge and Desir under its tent. The company has also toured to Miami's South Beach and Melbourne, Australia. A 440-seat Belgian spiegeltent is the venue of the experience. According to production notes, "Popular across Europe during the early 20th century, the luxurious traveling spiegeltents were used as dance halls and music/cabaret venues, featuring intimate in-the-round seating, ornate wooden paneling, mirrors, stained-glass windows, and velvet-upholstered seating booths."

Spiegelworld offers "a carnival-style bar facility and a speakeasy VIP lounge."

Tickets are priced at $59 and $89, and are available at or by calling (212) 239-6200. A special VIP Ticket is available for $129 and includes a complimentary glass of champagne.

The performance schedule is as follows: Monday at 7:30 PM, Wednesday-Saturday at 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM and Sunday at 7:30 PM.


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