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Circus performances in the UK

This comprehensive list details circus performances currently booking throughout the UK. All details are correct at the time of publication but please do check with individual venues to confirm.

If you have a circus-based show you would like listed here, please email rosanna@nationalcircus.org.uk with full details, a link and an image.

NoFitState - As A Tiger In The Jungle

Date and venue: 24 & 25 October - Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Three performers from Nepal and Vietnam ask questions about life, love, poverty and greed. Using spoken word, movement, circus and ceremony, they tell the story of how against all odds they survived their childhood and created their own destiny. An inspiring, authentic, raw and heart warming performance about life and circus, entertainment and reflexion.

Produced through an International partnership between artistic directors from two renowned European circus companies. As a Tiger in the Jungle will be a unique theatrical circus experience!

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Joli Vyann – Imbalance

Dates and venues:

30-31 October - Jacksons Lane
2 November - Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot
9-10 November - Circomedia Bristol
22 November - The Terry O’Toole Theatre, North Hykeham
25 November - Marlow Theatre Canterbury
28 November - Lancaster Arts
2 December - Lion Salt Works Cheshire
1 March 2018 - New Theatre Royal Portsmouth

Following their success at the Edinburgh Festival and sold-out performances at Sadler's Wells as part of The London International Mime Festival, the acclaimed circus, dance company Joli Vyann take their exciting show Imbalance on tour.

Imbalance explores our obsessive dependence with technology, asking whether our lives are ‘in’ or ‘out’ of balance? It is rare nowadays not to ‘log in’ at every opportunity- the breakfast table, nights out with friends, even in bed! How well connected are you? When and how do we separate ourselves from the virtual chaos surrounding us?

Price: from £8

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Moscow State Circus - Gostinitsa

Dates and venues:
London, 18 – 29 October

Gostinitsa is a rapturous and passionate new circus experience that unites the Moscow State Circus with the glorious Golden Age of Hollywood a show that promises to have all the spectacle and nerve-tingling, edge of your seat feats for the whole family.
The Moscow State Circus is a magical experience for people of all ages coming together to witness some fantastically unbelievable acts.

Award winning Clowns the Chervotkins Duo, will guide you through the Hotel of Curiosities. Featuring performances including acrobatics on Europe’s only double Russian swings, hurtling through the air and somersaulting impossibly from one rapid moving swing to the other. An incredible sight to behold.

The marvelous Alikhanov Troupe features three acrobats climbing and spinning to the very top of two ten metre poles balanced on the single shoulder of one man.

You will also observe unicycling, foot juggling, trapeze, high wire and of course the unforgettable Gostinitsa bellboys performing an incredible skipping act with a twist not to be missed.

Price: from £12

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Ilona Jäntti & Aino Venna - Yablochkov Candle

Dates: 19 - 21 October, 7pm, Friday 7pm & 9pm

Enter the velvet world of cabaret in 1920s Vienna for an evening of poetic jazz and aerial performance infused with the smoky tones of French chansons and old school rock ‘n’ roll.

Seated at their tables the audience are surrounded by a mixture of sultry songs and sophisticated choreography that takes place on tailor-made apparatus rigged in response to the beautiful interior of Circomedia’s grade II listed church on Portland Square.

Finnish aerialist Ilona Jäntti and singer- songwriter Aino Venna have created a unique and minimalist cabaret-esque night that will linger in your memory for months to come.

Price: £15/£13

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Cirque Éloize — Saloon

Venue: Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, Holborn, WC2A 2HT
Dates: 4 - 21 October

Priority booking for members opens on these dates:
Patrons - Mon 15 May 10am
Rehearsal Members - Wed 17 May 10am
Members - Fri 19 May 10am

Public on-sale is Mon 22 May at 10am

Saddle up for a journey to the Wild West as world leaders in contemporary circus, Cirque Éloize blast back to the West End with their new show. Their trademark blend of spectacular circus and drama creates the colourful characters swinging through the saloon doors. Never before has a stranger kicked up so much dust. Under the spell of Saloon’s beautiful Belle, he sets off in a chase worthy of the greatest Westerns for an action-packed theatrical thrill ride!

With non-stop live folk and country music, from Patsy Cline to Johnny Cash, and original compositions by composer Éloi Painchaud, Saloon is the most foot-stomping, lasso-throwing night of entertainment you’ll find.

Ticket office: 020 7863 8222

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Hogwallops – Lost In Translation

Dates and venues:

3 October - 24 October 2017
The Quarterhouse, Folkestone

Friday 27 October - Saturday 28 October
Hull Truck Theatre, Hull

A chaotic tale of a family of misfits

It is Grandpa’s birthday. He loves bananas and so after the housework is done, the family get together to make him a birthday cake—banana flavoured of course.
Lost In Translation Circus takes its inspiration from its name and focuses on combining circus with theatre, movement and live music. The Hogwallops tells the story of a typical family, with awe-inspiring circus skills and a live original score.

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Natalie Reckert & Mark Morreau - Natalie Inside Out (Work in Progress)

Date: Sat 21 Oct, 5pm
Venue: Jackson Lane, London

A collaboration between a hand balancer and a digital artist that explores the inner workings and fragmentation of the acrobatic body through digital technology and video projection. Playful, didactic, beautiful and highly skilled, this work-in-progress showing will preview the developing themes and technologies that will feature in the finished production.

Duration: 50m
Age guidance: 12+
Cost: £8

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Bristol Circus City Festival

Date: 12 - 29 October 2017

Bristol’s biennial circus festival is back this October with a packed programme of over 50 events taking place in more than 15 locations across our city.

Combining homegrown talent from Bristol’s thriving circus scene with critically acclaimed shows from across the globe, Circus City’s programme showcases the very best of contemporary circus.

Circomedia is our busiest venue with four outstanding shows and a co-presentation of Ockham’s Razor’s Tipping Point at the 1532 Theatre. Further highlights include the UK premiere of The Bekkrell E ect at Bristol Old Vic, a Swing Circus sensation at The Trinity Centre, a festival of Fools at the Wardrobe Theatre and an action-packed line-up of shows and activities for kids over the half term.

The programme also features a number of industry events designed to spark debate, facilitate learning and inspire creation including workshops, masterclasses and talks.

And in a major coup for the festival, this year’s event is sponsored by DASH – digital cash. To learn more about DASH, buy tickets or pick up a programme, pop into The Milk Bar - Circus City’s hub and festival bar in Old Market.

See the full programme and buy tickets below.

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Race Horse - Around

Date: 25 - 28 October, 11am & 2pm

Around is a fun, tender show about the life of a circus troupe as they overcome hardship through collaboration and cooperation. A drum machine roars, buckets are banged and the vivid sound of an acoustic guitar joins the buzzing of a baritone ukulele in an ‘80s inspired soundtrack created especially for performance.

Featuring a monkey suit and a massive banana, this playful performance mixes circus skills old and new: juggling, acrobatics, hula hooping, mime, clownery, blowing bubbles and break dancing!

There will be a relaxed performance on Thursday at 2pm.

Price: £9

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Aurelia Thierrée - Bells and Spells

Venue: The Print Room
Date: 25 – 27 October, 7.30pm

Experience an evening of circus fantasy with Aurelia Thierrée in Bells and Spells, 30 minutes of excerpts from new work in progress. In these never before seen fragments, Aurelia, slightly kleptomaniac, falls under the influence of the objects she “borrows”. Improbable mechanisms and mad musical boxes punctuate her journey.

Price: £20 / £15

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Compagnie Animotion - The Musicians of Bremen

Dates: Mon 23 – Thu 26, Oct
Mon: 3pm; Tue-Thu: 11am & 2pm
Venue: Jackson Lane, London

Meet four animals put to pasture: a donkey, a cat, a cockerel and a dog. Too old to be of any use to their masters, this tumbling musical adventure is the story of their extraordinary friendships.
Compagnie Animotion present their latest adaptation of high-quality, non-verbal work for young audiences. Puppetry, movement, trapeze and live music combine in this visually stunning tale that shows we are never too old to live our dreams.

Duration: 50m
Age guidance: 3-7
Cost: £12.95

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Nearly There Yet - The Party

Date: 22 October, 11am & 3pm
Venue: Déda, Chapel Street, Cathedral Quarter, Derby, DE1 3GU

A man excitedly waits for the guests to arrive at his party. The cake is made, the presents have arrived, and the music is playing – all he needs are his friends to make this the best birthday ever.

Enter some unexpected guests: a French cyclist, a man dressed as a giant chicken and a mysterious stranger who has apparently never had a birthday. An endlessly entertaining topsy-turvy show that humorously explores difficult topics such as sharing, social exclusion, and not always getting what you want.

A fantastically engaging show for young people aged 3+ to enjoy with the whole family… there’s even pass the parcel!

Duration: 45 minutes
Presented as part of Déda’s Family Arts Festival
Please Note: Individual tickets must be purchased for adults and children over 2 years. Free tickets for under 2 year olds are available when sharing a seat with a full paying adult.

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Simple Cypher/Wiredo - Double Bill

Date: 28 October 2017, 7.30pm
Venue: Déda Theatre, Chapel Street, Derby

Hanna Moisala’s WireDO, tells a mesmerizing story of stepping out to the unknown. Using her body, a tightwire and a physical composition that draws on the Japanese rope art of Shibari, Wiredo explores the inner balance of human behaviour.

Daring tightwire stunts and skilled rope manipulation offer an unprecedented spectacle. National Centre for Circus Arts graduates Kieran Warner and Christopher Thomas (Simple Cypher) both specialise in Cyr Wheel. The two also share a passion for Hip Hop. Style, originality and unity have had a profound influence on their development as circus performers – and this piece. Expect innovative play with a real wow factor!

Running Time: Approx 80mins including interval.
Presented as part of Déda’s Family Arts Festival
Price: £12 (£10)

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Hikapee - Moonfall

Dates: Sunday 5 November, 1pm and 3pm
Venue: The Albany, London

A theatrical story told with aerial circus. Join a princess like no other as she embarks on the biggest journey of her life – to the Moon!

With two performers and many more characters, this brilliantly comical story-telling performance uses a rope, a hoop and bags of imagination.

Hikapee create theatrical stories, with strong narratives, supported by creative use of aerial circus equipment. Moonfall use an aerial rope and hoop and combine these exciting disciplines with beautiful and imaginative play to tell a completely original story.

Supported by Arts Council England, Jacksons Lane, Circus Futures and Theatre Delicatessen.

Age: 4+
Price: £7 / £24 family ticket

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Pangottic - Long Shot

Date: 18 November 2017, 7pm
Venue: Déda Theatre, Chapel Street, Derby

Long Shot is a stripped-back circus performance where the audience is in charge. Using handcrafted remote control contraptions, tight choreography and laugh out loud humour, PanGottic bring to life one man’s belief in the near impossible, the almost unachievable and the highly unlikely. This show pushes the boundaries of how much risk an audience can bear, or be willing to create, by placing the routine and repetition of a highly skilled juggler in the same room as extreme unpredictability.

Presented as part of Déda’s Family Arts Festival.
Price: £12 (£10)

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Oddly Moving - He Ain’t Heavy

Dates: Thu 2 – Fri 3 Nov, 8pm
Venue: Jackson Lane, London

Performer Grania Pickard tells the story of growing up with her disabled autistic brother, Sean, using physical theatre, aerial circus, audience interaction and storytelling. Through puppetry, the audience see how Sean walks, talks and interacts with the world and how his unique take on life has shaped and influenced Grania.

“An incredibly poignant and intimate portrayal of sibling love. You have to see Grania in action: she is a highly skilled circus performer, storyteller and connector, lighting up the entire stage.” LucyLovesCircus

Duration: 60m
Age guidance: 6+
Cost: £8–£16.95

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Tipping Point - Ockham's Razor

Date: Thursday 23 – Saturday 25 November
Venue: Stratford Circus, London

Tiptoeing between catastrophe and mastery, five performers turn giant metal poles into a breath-taking physical landscape, balancing them on fingertips, hanging in the air, swinging, climbing and clinging.
Within this teetering world they push and support each, but when things begin to shift they must decide whether to kick back against the chaos or ride it out, as life tilts towards the tipping point.
Stratford Circus Arts Centre favourites Ockham’s Razor return to East London with their award-winning show on its final London tour outing.

Price: £10-15

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Jordi l. Vidal company - OOups!

Date: 11-12 November 2017
Venue: The Cockpit, London UK

An original performance combining circus (acrobatics, juggling) and urban culture (dance, beat boxing).

Two traders are on the run after a misappropriation of funds… A crazy, nutty show with an unbridled rhythm, that talks about money in a humorous, musical and visual way.



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Rose Theatre Kingston - Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather

Date: 21 November, 2017 - 07 January, 2018
Venue: NST Nuffield Southampton

Join tomboy Hetty Feather on an audacious adventure in this Olivier nominated West End hit based on the book from best-selling author Jacqueline Wilson.
Roll up and join Hetty on her escape from the Foundling Hospital.
Tremble as she faces Matron Stinking Bottomly.

Thrill as she discovers the squirrel house and Tanglefields Travelling Circus.
Gasp as she endures a night locked in the attic.

Quake as she braves the scary streets of Victorian London

Cheer as she overcomes all in the search to find her real mother and a true family of her own.

With beautiful storytelling, spectacular circus skills, original songs and live music, this critically acclaimed five star production offers the perfect treat for the whole family. Be excited and delighted by this unmissable adventure story.

Price: from £10

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Cirque du Soleil - OVO

Venue: Royal Albert Hall
Dates: January 7 2018 - February 11 2018

Rush Headlong into a New Ecosystem

OVO is teeming with life. Insects work, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy in motion. Their home is filled with biodiversity, beauty, action and moments of quiet emotion. The awestruck insects are intensely curious when a mysterious egg appears, representing the enigma and cycles of their lives.

Price: starting at £20

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Sugarman - Jair Ramirez

Venue: Victoria Works, Sheffield
Date: Sunday 22 October, 7pm

Sugarman tells the story of growing up in Colombia and rising above a culture of rubbish and addiction. Jair Ramirez was described by the BBC as one of the highlights of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016.

Sugarman combines imaginative use of aerial equipment with clowning, character and narrative in a hugely enjoyable solo performance.

There will be some local circus performances prior to the main show (tbc). Bar and a warm, welcoming atmosphere!

Price: £10.00

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Circus of Horrors – Voodo

Venues and dates:

Wookey Hole
20 - 21 October

Dunstable, Grove Theatre
Sunday 22 October

Dartford, Orchard Theatre
Monday 23 October

Grimsby, Auditorium
Tuesday 24 October

Whitley Bay, Playhouse
Wednesday 25 October

Darlington, Majestic Theatre
Thursday 26 October

Blackpool, Globe Pleasure Beach
27 - 28 October

Butlins Minehead - Weekend of Horror
Sunday 29 October

Blackpool, Globe Pleasure Beach
30 - 31 October

A concoction of trapeze artists, daredevil circus acts, sword swallowers, voodoo acrobats, extreme contortionists and vampires - the finest examples of extreme circus. This event is not suitable for under 16s.

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The Ramshackle House - Upswing

Venue: Stratford Circus, London
Date: Monday 4 – Sunday 24 December

Rattling windows, wobbly floorboards and a crumbling roof - what will Christmas be like for the family that calls this rickety house their home, and will it be ready in time for the festivities?

With awe-inspiring acrobatics and dazzling physical feats, this is a whirlwind for the senses with magnificent music and thrilling circus tricks.

A perfect treat for the end of the year, step into an enchanting world where a touch of magical mayhem meets some unexpected festive surprises.

Price: £10 - £12

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Slava Polunin - Slava's Snowshow

Dates: 18 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
Venue: Royal Festival Hall, London

Experience a joyous dream-like world that touches both your heart and funny bone, culminating in a breath-taking blizzard that leaves you literally knee deep in snow, in Slava's Snow Show.

The multi-award-winning international sensation is back due to popular demand for Christmas 2017, having delighted audiences in over 80 cities globally including New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Rome, Hong Kong, Rio de Janeiro and Moscow.

Price: £20 - £105

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