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Nights at the Circus

by Angela Carter

Part of the Adaptaton Series

Historical Fiction Modern and Contemporary Fiction

Nights at the Circus Synopsis

It's 1899 and all of Europe is agape at the arrival of the new century! The world crackles with possibilities - and its people dance to the irresistible rhythms of money, sex, love and freedom. Swinging above them all is a showbiz sensation; a fierce, vulgar, pant-droppingly sexy trapeze artist called Fevvers. The story charts her unlikely love affair with Walser, a world-weary journalist on a mission to expose her as a fake.

Nights at the Circus opened at the Lyric Hammersmith in January 2006. Emma Rice, acclaimed Artistic Director of Kneehigh Theatre (Tristan & Yseult, The Bacchae) directs Angela Carter's great mythic novel. With rising star Natalia Tena as Fevvers (About a Boy, Mrs Henderson Presents and Shared Experience's Bronte & Gone to Earth) and Gisli Orn Gardarsson as Walser (Young Vic's Romeo & Juliet and Woyzeck).

Nights at the Circus Press Reviews

A glorious piece of work... The narrative has a splendid ripe momentum, and each descriptive touch contributes a pang of vividness.



Intensely amusing and also provocatively serious. This is a big, superlatively imagined novel.



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ISBN: 9781840026313
Publication date: 01/03/2006
Publisher: Oberon Books Ltd an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781840026313
Publication date: 1st March 2006
Author: Angela Carter
Publisher: Oberon Books Ltd an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 112 pages
Genres: Historical Fiction, Modern and Contemporary Fiction,
Collections: 40 unmissable magic realist reads - “It’s real-life, but not as we know it”,
Categories: Plays, playscripts,

About Angela Carter

Angela Carter was born in 1940 of a Scottish father and Yorkshire mother. She read English at Bristol University, and after escaping an early marriage went to live in Japan for a number of years. She wrote nine novels, which blend fantasy, science fiction and gothic, and is often referred to as a writer of magic realism. She died in 1992.

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