Le Coup

Le Coup, in the Underbelly Circus Hub’s ‘The Beauty’ tent, is perfectly programmed. The dim lighting, roving spotlights, and tight-packed audience up close to the round stage perfectly evokes the ‘neo-Vaudevillian’ atmosphere set by the production. Six circus performers and three musicians roam the space in character, chatting to the audience and bouncing off each other. Then, the show begins.

A perfectly fun night out at the circus.

The aesthetic of the show carries through into its structure. The Boss emcees four ‘fights’ between four challengers and the reigning king of the ring, as well as five interlude acts. The band underscore the entire show and take center stage a few times. Each fighter has a ring name and a quadrant of the audience is encouraged to cheer and chant for them. While the structure is creative, the reality is that partner or group acrobatics are an inherently collaborative endeavour and with the exception of a few thrilling moments, it’s very difficult to believe that the characters are fighting or even really competing. The narrative also breaks down as the show progresses, from very clear 1v1 rounds to more confusing involvement from King (the champion) and the Boss in later rounds.

The acts between ‘fights’ were definitely the highlights. A doubles trapeze act that dispensed with the laboured ‘competition’ of the acrobatics was particularly strong, though the other acts – singles trapeze, two spinning sling straps acts, a very impressive handstand moment, and a clown act brilliant in its simplicity – were also incredible fun. The band’s moments, including a very funny performance by ‘the Murderess’, diversified the line-up and were more than welcome additions that kept the energy up.

Unfortunately, the energy of the audience needed keeping up – transitions between acts were relatively slow, and the gaps were filled mainly with grandstanding from the emcee. It was made very clear that the audience were expected to cheer, boo, and chant, which worked in the showier, faster paced sections. Other times, however, the choreography was focused on difficulty over showmanship, which is in itself impressive and admirable. It doesn’t, however, work well when the default method of filling a gap is to encourage the audience to cheer wildly and indiscriminately. If Le Coup doesn’t quite live up to its name, it’s still a perfectly fun night out at the circus.

Reviews by Alex Bailey Dillon

Assembly @ Dance Base


Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows

Brave Space



Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows

Aloft Presents Sanctuary

House of Oz

Common Dissonance

Gilded Balloon Teviot

A Shark Ate My Penis: A History of Boys Like Me


Since you’re here…

… we have a small favour to ask. We don't want your money to support a hack's bar bill at Abattoir, but if you have a pound or two spare, we really encourage you to support a good cause. If this review has either helped you discover a gem or avoid a turkey, consider doing some good that will really make a difference.

You can donate to the charity of your choice, but if you're looking for inspiration, there are three charities we really like.

Mama Biashara
Kate Copstick’s charity, Mama Biashara, works with the poorest and most marginalised people in Kenya. They give grants to set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. That five quid you spend on a large glass of House White? They can save someone’s life with that. And the money for a pair of Air Jordans? Will take four women and their fifteen children away from a man who is raping them and into a new life with a moneymaking business for Mum and happiness for the kids.
Donate to Mama Biashara now

Theatre MAD
The Make A Difference Trust fights HIV & AIDS one stage at a time. Their UK and International grant-making strategy is based on five criteria that raise awareness, educate, and provide care and support for the most vulnerable in society. A host of fundraising events, including Bucket Collections, Late Night Cabarets, West End Eurovision, West End Bares and A West End Christmas continue to raise funds for projects both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Donate to Theatre MAD now

Acting For Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. During the COVID-19 crisis Acting for Others have raised over £1.7m to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
Donate to Acting For Others now



The Blurb

Company 2 brought you the smash hit Cantina followed by Scotch and Soda, and now they're back with their latest and greatest work Le Coup. Place yourself in the world's last travelling boxing tent for some hard-hitting acrobatics and aerial feats where you have nothing to lose and everything to gamble.

Most Popular See More


From £42.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Tina - The Tina Turner Musical

From £12.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Phantom of the Opera

From £30.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Play That Goes Wrong

From £27.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Matilda the Musical

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Lion King

From £46.00

More Info

Find Tickets