A dedicated Theatre Tent has existed at Glastonbury since 1990, and with a few changes in its format, as well as changes of name, it has run ever since, now being called ‘The Astrolabe Theatre’.
It provides a continuous programme from 11am until 7pm, with a later schedule starting at 11pm running until 2am. There’s Mime, Dance, Comedy, Visual Theatre, Kids shows and Music too.
The ever-popular Jonathan Kay has performed at this tent every year since the start and in 1998 The Stephen Frost Impro Allstars made their first appearance. Over the years the Allstars have included Paul Merton, Tony Hawkes, Phill Jupitus and Tony Slattery amongst their entourage.
International Dance Companies such as The Kosh and The Cholmondeleys have been regulars to the venue. This year we are very exited about the special dance show we are hosting. The name of the company will be released very soon. Watch this space.
2003 was the first time that the stunning BlackSkyWhite from Moscow appeared and they have brought a new show every year since then.
In 2015 there will be some returning old favorites from years gone by as well as some exciting new acts.
So The Astrolabe Theatre is definitely one of the many exciting venues to be found in the Theatre & Circus Fields – it’s the red & yellow swirly striped 1,000 capacity Big Top Tent in Glebeland, near Pedestrian Gate 3, in the mysterious & fabulous East side of the Festival.
Don’t miss it.
All photos by Charles Gervais