London International Mime Festival: what to see

The city's most expressive festival is back with a line-up to leave you speechless

It's London! It's January! It's mime time! The 39-year-old London International Mime Festival – the longest running of its kind – features a platter of enticing offerings that are bound to enchant. The festival runs from Jan 8–Jan 31 2015 with shows in various venues across London. Browse our guide to the line-up to find the perfect performance.
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Bromance

A big hit at Edinburgh 2014, up-and-coming acrobats Barely Methodical Troupe kick start the London International Mime Festival with an energetic show about male relationships that mixes hip hop dance styles with eye-watering feats of strength.

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Platform Theatre Wednesday June 24 2015 - Sunday July 19 2015
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Kraken

Critics' choice

This ludicrously silly show was one of our absolute favourite comedy shows from the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe. New Zealand mime artist Trygve Wakenshaw is a total delight, contorting his rubbery body to adopt a series of absurd characters.

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Soho Theatre Thursday July 16 2015
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Fall, Fell, Fallen

A splash more intimate than Nik Wallenda's recent antics in Chicago, majestic wire-walker Sebastien Le Guen performs to the sound of acoustic musician Jerome Hoffman.

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Purcell Room 11 Jan 2015
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Jim Dunn
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Black Regent

Uncompromising Dutch dancer Iona Kewney takes her body on a forceful, exhilarating journey in a show set to music from composer Joseph Quimby.

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Purcell Room Until Tue Jan 13
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4x4

Juggling troupe Gandini usually offer tongue-in-cheek fun. But this new show should offer something slightly different to their norm – it's a collaboration with a group of ballet dancers.

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Linbury Studio Theatre 30 Apr 2015
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The Pianist

Madcap Thomas Monckton performs this solo circus show, where a pianist presides over a concert catastrophe.

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Purcell Room 18 Jan 2015
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ErictheFred

If you're into clowns, then this may be one of the best shows you could head to. Chris Lynam has been doing the rounds for 30 years, supporting the likes of The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. This is the world premiere of his new piece about an old trouper.

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Jacksons Lane 17 Jan 2015
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Amortale

Circus Ronaldo's show is a nostalgic look back at the history of the travelling fairground theatre complete with fire, puppets and opera.

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Queen Elizabeth Hall 18 Jan 2015
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Institute

Following last year's 'Missing', Gecko theatre company return with this, a darkly humorous dance-theatre piece which explores the human need for support from our fellow beings.

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Linbury Studio Theatre Until Tue Jan 20
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Showman

Old school showman Mat Ricardo's populist piece blends object manipulation, juggling and spectacle, all served with more than a dollop of chic charm.

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Purcell Room 21 Jan 2015

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