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Mince pies - 2017 guide to festive treats

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Here at Gandey World Class Productions we like to make the hard choices so you don't have to. Which is why that we, as an office, have decided to sacrifice our winter waistlines in order to taste and review as many mince pies as possible in the run up to Christmas!
That's right – you don't have to go to the trouble of opening those pesky boxes, prying the pies free of the fiddly foil cases and gorging yourselves on festive treats. We've done all of that for you. Multiple times! Which leaves you free to buy the best and have a tasty pastry at Christmas with minimal disappointment.
We have suffered through dry pies and sickly sweet fillings to find the zesty diamonds in the floury rough. So, without further ado, here are the results:
Mr Kipling Deep-Filled Mince Pies


Unfortunately for Mr Kipling, these pies were exceedingly poor in comparison to the others we tasted. Visually, they looked good with a nice amount of filling, but the pastry was heavy and the filling tasted…

Gandeys Circus is returning to the UK!

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Gandeys Circus is returning to the UK in 2018! With incredible shows at Aintree Racecourse and Knutsford to kick off the tour!

It’s being hailed as the biggest and most spectacular circus production the UK has ever seen! GANDEY’S – YOUR CIRCUS is making an eagerly-anticipated return in 2018 with a brand new action-packed, star-studded Big Top show for all the family – and no increase in ticket prices!
Gandeys Circus will be smashing expectations and raising the bar sky-high in 2018. The only thing higher, in fact, will be the amazing assemblage of aerial acts that will be soaring above audiences in the roof of the Big Top!

There will be thrills aplenty with three world-class aerial talents: Sensational, award-winning high-wire walkers The Gerlings will be forming a human pyramid four-persons high! An act that won medals at both the International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo and the Wuqiao International Circus Festival in 2017.The jaw-dropping trapeze routines of the Cuban Flyers as t…

The Lady Boys of Bangkok - 2018 Tour Dates

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Christmas may be just around the corner, but there's something else to get excited about before then...
The Lady Boys of Bangkok 2018 Tour Dates have now been announced!!!


2018 will not just be another year for The Lady Boys, it will be a huge benchmark in the show's history – our highly-anticipated 20th anniversary!

So, without further ado, we proudly present the Wonder Women Tour...


Uncork the champagne! Dress to kill! Party like there's no tomorrow! Celebrating 20 diamante decorated years, The Lady Boys of Bangkok ‘Wonder Women Tour’ will take Britain's number one cabaret show to a new level. With some of your favourites from the last 20 glorious years re-imagined, added to new scenes of spectacular costumes, choreography and – of course – hilarious comedy!

Wonder Women celebrates in style with iconic appearances including Cher, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Diana Ross, Pink, Shirley Bassey, even Wonder Woman herself and the “practically perfect in every way" Mary Poppins! F…

Safe Child Thailand

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The Lady Boys of Bangkok is proud to support Safe Child Thailand. With generous donations from our audiences across the country, we have already made a huge impact in the lives of children in Thailand and we hope to make many more life-changing contributions in the foreseeable future.


We began raising money for Safe Child Thailand in the latter half of 2017. By November 2017 we had already raised a staggering £11,394 with the help of our wonderful audiences.
The charity aims to identify and safeguard at-risk children in Thailand and empower them to reach their fullest potential. It has been running for over 30 years with the vision of a Thailand where all children are respected, protected and enjoy equal opportunities.


On behalf of the charity, we wish to thank everyone who has donated to Safe Child Thailand through the collections at our shows. We will continue to collect for this fantastic cause in 2018 and feel confident that our ever-generous audiences will continue to support the…

Christmas Adverts 2017 - which is your favourite?

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It has become something of a tradition in recent years for certain high street stores and supermarkets to splash the cash on a big budget Christmas advert - usually with an emotional punch and a song that will stick in your head for days.


TV Christmas Adverts have always had a way of signalling the start of the festive season. We can't deny that we have always felt a pang of excitement when we first hear Coca Cola's Holidays are Coming song on TV at the beginning of winter - or the Toys R Us theme musically describing a 'magical place' that sounds like a paradise for children of all ages.
This newer trend for adverts has taken it up a level though. No longer do the adverts signal the event, but the release of the adverts themselves had become an anticipated event in itself, with some stores even 'teasing' the release of the adverts a few days before they land.
And you know what... we love it!!
Here is this year's selection of the major TV Christmas adverts…

Lady Boys of Bangkok: Performer of the Year 2017

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It's that time of year again... 
The days are getting colder, the nights are getting longer, and The Lady Boys of Bangkok is in its final exhilarating week of this year's tour. 
Which can only mean one thing... the time has come to vote for this year's Lady Boys of Bangkok Performer of the Year!


It's a great award to win, and one that our performers all take very seriously - so it's up to us to ensure the award goes to the person who we all believe has earned it. So we made it as fair as possible and went around everybody we could think of to gather their votes.
We asked our wonderful crew who work hard behind the scenes, our fantastic office team, our fabulous front of house staff, our amazing box office squad, and of course the LadyBoys themselves to submit their choices for Performer of the Year.
If there is one thing that everybody unanimously agreed on, it was that this year has been one of the hardest yet to decide on just one person to take home the prize. …

The Great Circus of Europe

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Christmas is getting closer! Some families like to spend a traditional Christmas at home around the fire every year, whilst others prefer to get away and spend the festive season somewhere new - whether it be a warm beach or a cold ski slope.
Well our circus family will be leaving on a jet plane this December and heading away (a long way away) to Hong Kong!!


You heard us right! We will be appearing in Hong Kong this winter to entertain and thrill audiences across the globe - as The Great Circus of Europe!
With a carefully chosen galaxy of its greatest international Big Top stars, the show with the “too-good-to-miss” factor opens on 20th December 2017 at Central Harbourfront Event Space and runs through until 25th February 2018.


From the breathtaking thrills of high wire walkers forming a human pyramid as they balance more than 8 metres above the ring … to the side-splitting antics of the UK’s most popular clown. From the jaw-dropping high speed motorbike action of the Globe of Death ……

The Philip Astley Project - an evening at The Rotary Club

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Andrew Van Buren and Carol Gandey took the stage last night to speak to the Rotary Club about The Philip Astley Project that will be coming to Newcastle-under-Lyme and throughout the UK next year, in what turned out to be a very interesting and entertaining evening. 

The Philip Astley Project was formed in 2015 to celebrate Philip Astley as part of the nationwide Circus250 celebrations that will be taking place next year. 2018 is the 250th anniversary of the modern circus and thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, and sponsorship from businesses, people will be able to get involved in workshops, talks, an exhibition, and performances. Activities began in 2017, leading up to AstleyFest - a one-day festival to celebrate Astley in August 2018.


Gandeys Circus is proud to be supporting The Philip Astley Project and working closely with Andrew Van Buren to celebrate the life of this Newcastle-under-Lyme born man known as "the father of modern circus". 
The wonderful Cir…

Happy Halloween!

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The spookiest day of the year is here again! It's time to don your witch's hat, apply your ghoulish makeup and eat enough sweets to see you through til Christmas!


Whether you've spent months crafting your perfect handmade Halloween outfit, or simply popped on your normal clothes and called yourself a Muggle from Harry Potter – we love to see all of your fancy dress costumes!
We like Halloween so much that we even dedicated our latest Gandeys Circus show to it – the incredible Halloween Spooktacular that featured at intu Merry Hill!


Here are 6 facts that you may not know about this haunting holiday:
6. Turnip Carving
The tradition of carving pumpkins was originally done with turnips.
When Irish immigrants arrived in America, they started using pumpkins, because they were cheaper than turnips.


5. All Hallows' Eve
“Halloween” is short for “Hallows’ Eve” or “Hallows’ Evening”.

4. Samhainophobia
It's no surprise that some people find Halloween spooky, but some people ac…

A Spooktacular Show!

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October half-term is about to commence – and you know what that means... Gandeys Circus is back at Merry Hill!


Everybody's favourite circus will be at the INTU Merry Hill shopping centre from today (20th October) until Sunday 29th October, with jaw-dropping performances taking place every day.


As a special (trick or) treat, we are putting on an all-new Halloween Spooktacular exclusively for the Merry Hill audiences... it's going to be FRIGHTFULLY good!

The spooktacular show will shock and delight with a bubbling cauldron of acrobatic skeletons, flying witches, break-dancing zombies and crazy ghostbusters... it's a THRILLER!


Our heated Big Top will be situated at INTU Merry Hill Shopping Centre Car Park, Engine Lane, Brierley Hill, DY5 1QX


Check out the website for show times and full details here.