Bedtime Stories


Venue Space: Studio 1

Running time 55

Presented by Upswing in partnership with Stratford Circus Arts Centre


Preview Show: Thursday 6th at 6pm, £8 | £6 concessions | £4 under 5. All other shows: £10 | £8 concessions | £6 under 5 | Use discount code Bedtime10+ for 10 or more tickets for same performance at £5 each

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Next date 19th December 10:30 am

About this event

Celebrate the magical time of the day when the stresses and strains of life melt away and enter a world of imagination and dreams with Bedtime Stories.

Tucked up with your family in a bedroom installation, take this chance to unwind and be dazzled with circus, theatre, dance and projections from circus pioneers Upswing.

Bedtime Stories reconnects adults with their childhood and children with their often too-busy parents. This award winning show is suitable for the whole family.

Upswing is a leading, award-winning, contemporary circus company based in the UK. Upswing create world-class experiences that connect audiences, artists and participants through cutting-edge circus. Their productions interweave aerial, theatre, dance, text and multimedia to create fresh experiences with narrative punch.

“A delightful and dreamy piece” The Guardian

“A very beautiful, dynamic and well-crafted show for children and their grown-ups.” The Scotsman ****

Relaxed performances 

Bedtime Stories is a pretty chilled-out performance in its original format, but we are holding two specifically “relaxed” performances of the show, with the studio lights turned up, loud noises removed and children welcome to come and go as they please.

The dates and times are:
Thursday December 27th at 3pm
Thursday January 3rd at 10:30am

Following a successful trial, we will hold another babes-in-arms performance at 10:30am on 19th December. 

A Dartington Live event

Dartington Live works with acclaimed artists and thinkers from around the world to tackle some of today’s very real challenges and explore the ‘big’ questions in an imaginative, innovative and transformative way. Find out more ⇒

This production is supported by

Proud to be a part of celebrations for the 250th anniversary of the circus.

Watch: Bedtime Stories trailer

Watch: Love for Bedtime Stories

Bedtime Stories: Special Group Offer

Book any 10 or more tickets (standard, concessionary or child - or a combination of these) for any one performance and get all tickets for just £5 - that’s up to a 50% discount! Just use the code bedtime10+ at checkout when prompted.

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Wednesday 19th December

Thursday 20th December

Friday 21st December

Saturday 22nd December

Sunday 23rd December

Monday 24th December

Thursday 27th December

Friday 28th December

Saturday 29th December

Sunday 30th December

Thursday 3rd Jan 2019

Friday 4th Jan 2019

Saturday 5th Jan 2019

Sunday 6th Jan 2019

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