Courtney Orange has been performing in Covent Garden since 2004 and his three chair-balancing acrobatic act is one of only a few Cirque du Soleil-style acrobatic circus acts in Covent Garden.
And it’s not just the Piazza crowd that’s seen him perform. Businesses such as Adidas, Nike, BA and Jeep have utilised his break- dancing, martial arts and free-running skills for promotions, and he’s also performed along side celebrities such as Madonna and Geri Halliwell. Glastonbury-goers may also have seen him perform, no doubt helping to shut out the anguish of yet another wet festival year.
Culture and Theatre
Since the 1660s Covent Garden has never missed a chance to put on a performance
The first record of Covent Garden street entertainment came in 1662, when Samuel Pepys’ diary notes that a marionette show featuring a character named Punch took place on the Piazza. Today, the custom continues.
For centuries, culture vultures have swooped on Covent Garden. They obviously relished the area’s eclectic, ever-changing mix or opera, ballet , musical theatre and drama, from highbrow and mainstream to fringe and beyond, all tastes are catered for and all emotion are stirred. No other urban quarter in the world has two great opera house and more than twenty thriving theatres