A show by a company heralded as having brought circus kicking and screaming into the 21st century will be performed at Royal & Derngate on Monday.
The Circus of Horrors has come up with a new show, The Curse of the Devil Doll, which, as the story goes, takes its name from a series of unexplained and near-fatal incidents on the last tour (vehicles carrying the sinister puppet apparently exploded and crashed and sword swallower Hannibal Hellmurto ruptured his oesphagus with a lit neon tube as the doll came to life). Circus impresario Dr Haze reportedly faced a near mutiny as the cast refused to travel with the doll.
But, unperturbed by the weird occurrences, Haze has put the story of the doll at the centre of the new show, which takes audiences back to 1927 Berlin, the home of the Devil Doll.
Packed with new shocks, the line-up features sword swallowers, demon dwarfs, voodoo acrobats and knife throwers.
In the 18 years since its conception at Glastonbury Festival, the cult show has enjoyed worldwide success. The show will start at 7.30pm, with tickets priced from £24 to £11. Call 01604 624811 or visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk