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Top 50 shows of 2019: Circus

From the best musicals and plays to spectacular productions from the worlds of circus, immersive theatre, opera and dance, The Stage’s critics choose the 50 shows that really stood out in 2019…

Jacksons Lane, London
It’s forgivable if your initial reaction to Laura Murphy’s one-woman naked aerial show was concern about rope burns. This was a feminist slam-dunk of circus, lip-syncing and an Irish-dance interlude. It was a relentless bait and switch – one moment Murphy is choked by clingfilm over her face like vacuum-packed meat, the next it’s transformed into a shimmering superhero mask. Murphy subverted expectations of the silent, elegant acrobat, her body and mind unapologetically strong and her voice refreshingly loud and constant…

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