At the core of this seductive world was a unique venue – a century-old Belgian spiegeltent beautifully crafted from teak, stained glass, mirrors and luxurious velvet.
Surrounding this wondrous travelling tent from a bygone era, Spiegelworld added an eclectic playground to party in before and after the show including a raucous biergarten, speak-easy bars, hammock gardens, secret VIP nooks and a labyrinth of curiosities.
The tiny circular stage at the center of the intimate spiegeltent informed the creation of all of Spiegelworld’s ground-breaking live shows which reinvented circus, cabaret, vaudeville and burlesque for a 21st century audience. A larrikin Australian creative team and the most talented, sexy and daring artists from across the globe presented breath-taking physical feats, outrageous comedy and seductive teases as close to the audience as they could possibly get.
For three years, Spiegelworld was a summer institution under the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge on Pier 17 in downtown Manhattan, as well as touring to Miami South Beach and Melbourne, where it was the featured entertainment of the 2009 Australian Open tennis grand slam.
Sold-out shows including Absinthe, La Vie, Desir, and Gazillionaire’s Late Nite Lounge established Spiegelworld as a place where the performances are extraordinary, anything can happen, and the show is just the start of the party.
In 2011, Spiegelworld opened its award-winning show Absinthe on the forecourt of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
The production has been hailed as “the most inventive and daring show to open on the strip in years!” (Las Vegas Sun), and was announced the “Best Show in Vegas” by Vegas Seven Magazine.
In the summer of 2012 Spiegelworld found a stunning new location in New York, on an empty building site right on Times Square.
This was the first time in history that a show tent had ever been pitched on the Great White Way. It was here that Spiegelworld premiered a new show, Empire; inspired by the vintage days of vaudeville, the night clubs of the East Village, and the eccentric characters on Times Square. Empire has since completed a hugely successful, 17-month tour of Australia and more recently enjoyed a three month run in Tokyo, and a tour of North America.
In 2014, Spiegelworld created the genre-smashing dining, show and nightclub experience Vegas Nocturne which had a seven month residency at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Select elements of this show have since been popping up at further development seasons around the world including the Slipper Room and House of Yes in New York City and the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it was voted Strangest Show.
In 2018, Spiegelworld announced that it is creating a new show Opium at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and taking its smokin’ Ghost & Grits food truck to South By Southwest.