Ashton Brothers

"While influenced by Monthy Python, the Ashton Brothers are agile, adept and funny enough to fill their shoes". This quote, received in a five star review of UK's edition of Metro sums it all up, really. The Ashton Brothers are a new generation of performing artists: young and reckless but truly skilled. Their work is inspired by old circus and variety acts, modern and traditional music, comedy, acrobatics and slapstick.

Some call it punk rock variety theatre, others simply rate it first class entertainment. The fact is that the four Ashton Brothers are able to create an extraordinary atmosphere in every theatre where they perform. May it be in their home base of The Netherlands or abroad in Belgium, Spain, Litvania, United Kingdom, Switzerland and Canada. The Ashton Brothers are Pepijn Gunneweg, Pim Muda, Joost Spijkers en Friso van Vemde Oudejans.

You are cordially invited on our website and experience what all the fuzz is about. Allez hop!

ASHTON NEWS

De hele zomer van 2015 is het feest in de Kleine Komedie!

De legendarische Ashton Brothers openen de deuren van hun Paleis der Wonderen aan de Amstel. Een bonte stoet trekt aan u voorbij: Hilarisch, Duister, Charmant, Humoristisch, Muzikaal, Acrobatisch, Zinsbegoochelend en altijd Bereid tot halsbrekende toeren tot in de nok van het theater. Stap binnen in de wereld van de vaderlandse variete-koningen en ontdek de magische kant van Amsterdam. WELCOME TO THE ASHTON BROTHERS...

De internationale pers over Ashton Brothers:

Metro UK (*****)
“There haven't been many performances at the Fringe that have caused Metro to drop its notepad through sheer excitement, but this was one.” - “While influenced by Monty Python, this troupe is agile, adept and funny enough to fill their shoes”

Three weeks (*****)
“You can’t fail to be entertained by this troupe as their show crescendos into a marvellous spectacle.” – “These men with unnatural amounts of talent and ingenuity transform the theatre into their playground. This production is top class, the acrobatics, theatre and music are all tied together with hilarious comedy string; they are true showmen with impeccable timing and professionalism, which means they don’t put a foot wrong “

de Volkskrant (*****)
“Een sensatie!” - “Verbluffend grappig met allure”

AD (*****)
“Storm van briljante ideeën” - “Je zit als toeschouwer letterlijk anderhalf uur met je mond open”

METRO (*****)
“Mensen gaat dat zien!” – “Spectaculair, absurd, totaaltheater”

NRC
“Wonderlijke acts, verrassende wendingen, virtuoze kunsten” - “Absurdistische slapstick”

SP!TS
“Ashton Brothers verdienen eigen hokje” - “Een vleugje Laurel en Hardy, een schepje Fawlty Towers maar dan zonder woorden”

De Telegraaf
“Superieure clownerie” - “De absolute top van wat Nederland aan fysiek cabaret en variété te bieden heeft”

De Pers
“Wie dit niet gaat zien is gek” – “Een verbluffend spektakelstuk”

The Scotsman
“It is the excellence and eccentricity of the physical comedy that makes this big production show stand out”.

TREASURES

About the show

Een nieuwe show van de Ashton Brothers! Kan het nog sneller, energieker en absurder? Vast en zeker. In de circus- en variététraditie gaan acts van vader op zoon en de schatkamer van de familie Ashton is nog bomvol. Een explosieve cocktail van slapstick, magie, acrobatiek, rock&roll en variété. Gloednieuwe ideeën maar ook oude familierecepten die door de vier broers nieuw leven worden ingeblazen. Meer dan ooit zoeken Pepijn, Pim, Joost en Friso de grenzen van het theater én hun fysieke mogelijkheden op. Als publiek wordt u getrakteerd op het beste wat de Ashton Brothers te bieden hebben.

de Volkskrant (****)
"…de show begint, je mond valt open van verbazing en tot aan het slotapplaus gaat hij niet meer dicht."

METRO (****)
"Ashton Brothers: grandioos!"

NRC Handelsblad (****)
"Met Treasures weten de Ashton Brothers wederom hun grenzen te verleggen met niet eerder beproefde combinaties van komische acrobatiek, slapstick, muziek, geluidseffecten, goocheltoeren, zang en woorden."

Het Parool (****)
"Variété, slapstick, muziek, acrobatiek: ze worden wederom en schijnbaar moeiteloos aan elkaar geregen in een oog- en oorverdovende anderhalf uur."

De Telegraaf (****)
"Het blijft haast onbeschrijflijk wat deze eigenzinnige, energieke mannen zo vakkundig en in razend tempo neerzetten. Ze brengen eigentijds variété, tarten de zwaartekracht, rocken erop los en doen je dubbelklappen van het lachen."

Dagblad van het Noorden (*****)
Komische perfectie en uitdagende magie

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Ashton Brothers Biography

Known by the circus name Ashton Brothers, Pepijn Gunneweg (1976), Joost Spijkers (1977), Pim Muda (1978) and Friso van Vemde (1972) play to impress in theatres all over the world. The professional skill, the guts and inventiveness of the four Ashtons, are from an extremely high and rare quality. The combination of skills leads to an unique form of spectacular, absurd and poetic theatre; a radical update of the good old variety shows. For the price of one ticket, you will be treated to clowning, cabaret, acrobatics, rock & roll, slapstick, magic and lots of other things, which make people happy.

In 2001, they create their first theatre production titled: Tragiek van de onderman. The performance which had its opening night in the Kleine Komedie in Amsterdam, was received with lyrical reviews. Headlines in leading national newspapers Het Parool and De Volkskrant read: “The Ashton Brothers belong to the top and will conquer the theatres. In 2002, the Ashton Brothers receive the BAT Award for their first show.

The Ashton Brothers’ second production, Ballyhoo! is an even bigger hit. After the opening night on 15th February 2005, the Dutch press talk about ‘A complete triumph’ (Elsevier). Ballyhoo! goes into rerun for three seasons (300 theatre performances, more than 250.000 visitors), with a closing performance in Royal Theatre Carré.

Ballyhoo! also turns out to be the production which opens doors to the international field. During the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, the Dutch quartet put themselves in the picture. The British press is stunned: ‘There haven’t been many performances at the Fringe that have caused Metro to drop its notepad through sheer excitement, but this was one. Influenced by Monty Python, the Ashton Brothers are agile, adept and funny enough to fill their shoes.’ (Metro UK)

After that, things are moving fast. In July 2006, the Ashton Brothers experience their North American premiere in Toronto. Performances follow in Switzerland, Belgium, Spain, Latvia. At the invitation of the Dutch Embassy in Slovenia, the Ashton Brothers perform for dignitaries including the Dutch Royals King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima.

The third Ashton show, titled Charlatans, a medicine show has its opening night on March 17th, 2007. And again the quartet is directed by Peter de Baan and is given advise by Peter de Jong (one of Holland’s most successful variety artist, part of the duo Mini & Maxi). Charlatans runs for more than 4 years. It receives five 5 star reviews in Holland alone and becomes a summer sensation in Spain in 2010. The last show is performed at Theatre Croisette in Cannes, France.

Show number 4 is called Treasures and is currently playing in Dutch and Belgian theatres.