The Greatest Nottingham – Credit Steve Fisher

The first Spiegeltent events are announced today as the popular attraction, which has been visiting the city since 2015 is confirmed for the Old Market Square this May. The programme will be staged between Saturday 4 May and Saturday 18 May.

The tent will host a packed schedule of great events including music, circus, cabaret, theatre, comedy and burlesque, with something for the entire family, plus food and drink.

Regular favourite, The Gilded Merkin Burlesque and Cabaret returns with two chances to see Nottingham’s biggest Burlesque show or why not come and belt out some classic tunes at Bamalamasingsong?

Best known from Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo – Comedian Milton Jones brings the laughs, while local ground-breaking band Stone Foundation offers a mix of soul as well as influences from Paul Weller.

Last but not least, roll up for The Greatest Nottingham Circus Cabaret Show which offers some all-round family entertainment. This is the first of a varied programme of events for children and families.

Known for their wild and decadent ambiance, Spiegeltents are exquisite pop-up venues. Literally translated as ‘mirror tent’ they were built in Belgium in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and now regularly tour the world’s cities and festivals. Stepping inside the beautiful century-old travelling dance hall, made of wood and complete with ornate decoration and mirrors is like a step back in time.

Keep an eye on the website where all the latest Spiegeltent events will be confirmed.

Councillor Dave Trimble, portfolio holder for leisure and localities said: “We’ve had some great feedback from audiences of all ages since the Spiegeltent has been visiting the city. We think this year’s programme is going to be the best so far. Whatever your interest, there will be something to entertain you. We expect that many of the shows will sell out very quickly, so I would urge people not to miss out on this truly novel entertainment experience.”

Events currently on sale:

Saturday 4 May 7.30-11.30pm Tickets £11 (inc. booking fee)
(£15 on the door)
I’m Not From London presents….Bamalamasingsong That’s right ladies and gentlemen, the good people at Nottingham City Council have once again provided us with a very regal Speigeltent, feel free to dress fancy! Our last event here was so much fun, we’re thrilled that it’s going to be repeated and hope to see you all there. Our amazing Doodle DJ’s will be joining us and as it’s such a special night and setting we’re planning a few more surprises for you all on the night too! Be debauched, be “out there”, sing it clear, sing it loud, you’re belting it out and you’re proud!
For those of you new to Bama Lama Sing Song , here’s the lowdown! The Bamamlamasingsong live band plays great songs that everyone knows. There’s no singer. The crowd sing the songs. You’ll hear songs you expect and others you won’t – but you’ll know and LOVE them all. And if you don’t know the words to the songs, we have projections you can read the words from! Big grimaces, hugs, bad dancing, demonic voices, lots and lots of drunken hilarity, club night afterwards!

The Gilded Merkin: Burlesque and Cabaret Sunday 5 May and Friday 17 May from 8pm, Tickets £19.80 (inc. booking fee)
The Gilded Merkin Burlesque and Cabaret is an eclectic variety show packed with glamour, comedy, music, circus and more. Produced by Nottingham born performer Scarlett Daggers it stars only the very best international acts across sold out shows in Nottingham, Birmingham and Cardiff, guaranteeing an unforgettable night of exhilarating entertainment. Scarlett Daggers will be joined by a stellar line-up each night: on Saturday 5th see Stage Door Johnny, Anna Fur Laxis, Rod Laver, Demi Noire, Good Ness Gracious; and Friday 17th is Kiki Deville, Lilly Snatchdragon, Snookie Mono, Agatha Frisky and Velma Von Bon Bon.

The Greatest Nottingham Monday 6 May from 6pm, Tickets £13.20
(inc. booking fee)
The Greatest Show in Nottingham! Circus Hub presents an amazing array of circus performers local to the midlands, come and watch a family friendly fantastic cabaret of aerial, acrobatic and dance performers in the amazing historic Spiegeltent with home grown acts, circus hub students and professional performers! Circus Hub is a local studio in the heart of Sneinton Market promoting aerial circus for fun and fitness for everyone, we are proud to be taking the stage in Nottingham to show you all what circus is all about!

Milton Jones: Work in Progress Thursday 9 May from 7.30pm, Tickets £16.50 (inc. booking fee)
One man. One Mission. Is it possible? No, not really. Milton reveals the truth about being an international spy, before being given a disappointing new identity which forced him to appear on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo. But this is also a love story with the twist, or at least a really bad sprain. Just gloriously daft nonsense or is there a deeper meaning?
Every man has his price. Sainsbury’s, where good food costs less.
“He’s fast, absurd and very Funny” – Radio Times
“No-one can touch Jones when he hits his stride” – The Guardian

Stone Foundation Sunday 12 May from 7pm, Tickets from £16.50
(inc. booking fee)
Stone Foundation, based in the Midlands, are a ground-breaking outfit with many subculture influences. They have worked with soul legends including Nolan Porter, Carleen Anderson, Betty Lavette, William Bell, and also from a slightly different subculture area, Paul Weller. Stone Foundation have raised the bar higher once again with their latest stunning studio album Everybody, Anyone; recorded at Paul Weller’s Black Barn Studios in Surrey.

For the list of the shows and to book your tickets, visit

Interior of Spiegeltent