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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.

Cirkus Cirkör - Limits

Date: 13 - 16 August 2017
Venue: Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX

Price: £15 - £30

Escape with a fun and fearless show from the masters of Scandinavian circus. Boundaries are meant to be crossed. Limits are meant to be exceeded. Anything is possible.

Combining limitless energy with acrobatic artistry, this playful and poetic contemporary circus performance takes a look at the world to discover what unites us. Full of daring athleticism and showmanship, it’s entertainment to delight the whole family.

The world-class company includes gold medalists and teeterboard artists Anton Graaf and Einar Kling-Odencrants, acrobatic and cyr wheel artist Sarah Lett, acrobat and juggler Peter Åberg and aerialist Saara Ahola.

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Transmission 2017 - Cirq on the Seam

Date: 18 August 2017, 4pm
Venue: Jacksons Lane, Highgate, London

Price: £5

In this annual talent development programme, three up-and-coming circus companies are invited into our theatre to work on a show, with an emphasis on experimentation and play - there's no pressure to produce or finish work. At the end of their week, on Friday at 4pm, the companies present their piece to a public audience.

Cirq on the Seam

Martha and June are two very different women, personalities, cultures. Betwixt & Between is the story of their encounter. An allegory of all these encounters that count. These meetings where, by discovering of the other, we discover ourselves.

Through this show that combines theatre and aerial acrobatics, we witness the birth of their relationship and its evolution beyond the differences. After misunderstanding and curiosity, follows connection, confidence, balance, risk-taking, rupture, forgiveness and complicity.

Martha and June invite us into their world for a touching and humorous show around a bespoke piece of equipment, which perfectly illustrates the quest for balance in any relationship.

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Metta Theatre – Jungle Book

Dates: Saturday 26 to Sunday 27 August
Saturday 2pm & 7pm
Sunday 11am & 2pm

Venue: Connaught Theatre

Price: £12.00

Spectacular street-dance and breathtaking circus combine to bring Kipling’s classic tale crashing into the 21st Century. Fresh from its international tour, award winning Metta Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Jungle Book will delight the whole family.

Mowgli is finding her way in the urban jungle. With a beat-loving bin man Baloo, graffiti artist Bagheera and a skateboarding Wolf crew, this heart-warming coming of age story will astonish and amaze.

Choreographed by Kendra J Horsburgh (BirdGang Dance Company, Into the Hoods, Sadler’s Wells and Blaze, International Tour) and featuring jaw-dropping tricks from an extraordinary cast of international performers, this is a show for everyone from 8 to 108.

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Let’s Circus - Circus. In A Field! 2017

Date: Monday 28 August
Venue: Guyzance, Northumberland

Circus. In A Field! - the summer circus festival for the North East - returns for the third time to the unlikely location of Guyzance, Northumberland, between Friday 25 August to Friday 1 September, produced by Newcastle-based circus producers Let’s Circus. Circus artists flock to Guyzance from 5 different continents each year for Circus. In a Field! as high-level, quality training in many different areas of the circus arts makes up the core of the festival.

On the Bank Holiday Monday, the green side is open to the public for a ‘Festival in a Day’, which will include world-class circus shows such as Lost in Translation Circus’ ‘The Hogwallops’ as well as international cabarets in the big top tents, live music, onsite food and bar.

Tickets for all parts of the event can be purchased through the website with family tickets available for the Bank Holiday Monday event. See the festival website for map of event location near Guyzance.

Price: £15 / £50 family ticket

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Barely Methodical Troupe – KIN

Date: 14 July – 26 August 2017
Venues: Latitude Festival, Suffolk – Oxford Playhouse, Oxford – Edinburgh Festival, Scotland

Price: from £10.80

Following the international success of their debut show Bromance, Barely Methodical Troupe premiered KIN at the Roundhouse’s CircusFest in 2015. It was met with standing ovations, 5-star reviews and a sold-out run. BMT’s latest exploration of shifting group dynamics, set to a dazzling soundtrack, asks how it feels to compete for love and attention, to take and to give up control. Combining acrobatics with dance, parkour and tricking, KIN is a fresh, experimental take on 21st century circus. KIN is produced by DREAM and funded by Arts Council England, with support from Lawrence Batley Huddersfield, the National Centre for Circus Arts and the Roundhouse.

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Les Enfant Terribles and ebp - Alice Underground

Dates: Tuesday 25 April - 10 September 2017
Venue: The Vaults in Waterloo

Fall deep into the Vaults, hidden beneath Waterloo station and lose yourself in a land far removed from our own. But this isn’t Alice's adventure, it's yours...

Returning after a sell-out run in 2015, critically acclaimed theatre company, Les Enfant Terribles, in collaboration with ebp, bring their Olivier award nominated Alice’s Adventures Underground back in 2017!

Tumble down the rabbit hole falling fast into Wonderland, wandering through this ‘topsy-turvy world, wide-eyed’ (The Times) with ‘visual and tactile treats embedded everywhere!’ (The Evening Standard). Make a series of choices; Eat or drink? Grow or shrink? Take tea at the biggest un-birthday party with the maddest of Hatters; let the Cheshire Cat take you hither or thither or join the underground movement to rise against the fearsome Queen of Hearts.

Price: £31.50-£54 (preview) £39-£68.50 (performance)

Premium tickets include a free Tea Party Cocktail (or Mocktail), access to the private Kings Bar with additional and exclusive interactive content and a show programme.

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Black Cat Cabaret

Dates: 20 May - 22 September 2017
Venue: Underbelly Festival, Southbank, London
Advice: Strictly for ages 18 and up.

London’s favourite purrrveyors of dark and daring cabaret entertainment return to the mirrored surroundings of the Paradiso spieltent with a spectacular show inspired by vintage, after-hours Montmartre. Expect to encounter high-kicking showgirls, jaw-dropping acrobats, comic street singers, musicians, aerialists and a belle epoque sense of giddy abandonment! All of which is bound together by The Black Cat’s “compère beyond compare”, Dusty Limits. Returning to the Southbank for a 4th summer season, The Black Cat is the place to experience modern cabaret in all of its wondrous forms – from the sacred to the profane, the lyrical to the downright louche.

Price: from £22.50

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Giffords Circus - Any Port in a Storm

Dates and venues 2017:

3 - 7 August - Frampton on Severn, Village Green
10 - 21 August - Minchinhampton Common
24 August - 4 September - Marlborough Common
7 - 18 September - Stratton Meadows, Cirencester
21 - 24 September - Fennells Farm, Stroud

Any Port in a Storm – the 2017 Baroque inspired Giffords Circus show. Another great international team including a Cuban troupe, a Hungarian Csikos rider and a Ukrainian flyer. Household favourite Tweedy returns to run amok alongside our fabulous Giffords Circus band. A roaring tempest of a show.

Show Information:
Giffords Circus proudly presents a family-friendly 90 minute show, suitable for all ages.

Price: £10-£30

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Chivaree - Crash

Dates: 21- 22 August
Venue: The Cockpit, London

CRASH is a rollercoaster of feelings, a symphony of colliding bodies. A show that chases moments of emotional intensity, a story about life's ups and downs, a celebration of strength and fragility.

Featuring breath-taking aerial dance, intimate acrobatics, jaw-dropping fire performance, and an array of circus artists of the highest ability CRASH is a raw poetic exploration of human feelings in their purest form.

Tickets: £20

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Ellie Dubois – No Show

Date: 4.15pm, 2 - 27 August (not 10 or 21)
Venue: Old Lab at Summerhall, Edinburgh Fringe Festival

What do you expect when you go to the circus? The greatest show on earth? The glitzy smiles, the glitter of sequins, the drum rolls as performers who seem super human effortlessly perform death-defying acts?

No Show joyously and heartbreakingly reveals what lies hidden beneath the showmanship. There will be desperate attempts and heroic failures, glorious achievements and bruised bodies and egos as the performers push themselves to their physical and mental limit. See behind the flawless smiles and perfect execution of the traditional circus performance to show the wobbles, the pain, and the real cost of aiming for perfection.

A show for anyone who has tried, failed and failed better.

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Transmission 2017 – Simple Cypher

Date: 1 September 2017, 4pm
Venue: Jacksons Lane, Highgate, London

Price: £5

In this annual talent development programme, three up-and-coming circus companies are invited into our theatre to work on a show, with an emphasis on experimentation and play - there's no pressure to produce or finish work. At the end of their week, on Friday at 4pm, the companies present their piece to a public audience.

Simple Cypher

Cyr wheel and juggling meets musicality, originality and play.

Simple Cypher will showcase the results of their Transmission residency, in which they plan to research the sounds that they make physically and the movements made on stage, working with a music producer to loop sounds live on stage.

Simple Cypher combines two different artforms: hip-hop and circus. The company was founded by Kieran Warner and Christopher Thomas, graduates of the BA Honors Degree programme at the National Centre for Circus Arts. Both specialising in Cyr wheel, the two also share a passion for hip hop. Style, originality and unity are key fundamentals of hip hop culture and have had a profound influence on their development as circus performers. Having trained, created and performed together in both dance and circus it has been a natural development to begin to combine and evolve their love for the two together and create work.

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Elusive Circus - Dust

Dates and venues:

Greenwich Theatre, London - Thursday 24 August, 2pm and 7pm
Newbury Corn Exchange - Thursday 7 September, 7pm
Circomedia, Bristol - Wednesday 21 September, 7:30pm

Dust is a one hour promenade circus show suitable for a family audience. Enter a surreal monochrome world where puppetry meets with mysterious circus performers.
Experience this magical dreamworld with dancing umbrellas and amazing feats of aerial, acrobatics and juggling as you follow the journey of a young person who gets drawn into this black and white world of circus.
Dust will enthral and amaze all ages by welcoming everyone to a fantasy world which will bring the child like wonder of circus and fairy tales together. Co-directed by Tamzen Moulding and Emma Brunton.

Price: from £14
Age: 10+

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Briefs Factory - Briefs: Close Encounters

Dates: 14 July - 30 September 2017
Venue: Underbelly Festival, Southbank

Following sold-out London seasons in 2013-2016, the world’s hottest all-male boylesque circus stars return in a brand-new show for 2017!
Having glitter-bombed the globe as we know it with their iconic and hilarious brand of circus, drag, burlesque and comedy, the Briefs boys are now ready to explore the third dimension.

With their trademark skill and humour they test the limits of masculinity, taste and decency. Expect interstellar aerials, incredible artistry, and warped speed strippers from outer space.

Prepare yourselves for a very close encounter with the Briefs boys.

Price: from £20.00

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Joli Vyann – Imbalance

Dates and venues:

14 September - MAC Birmingham
16 September - Norwich Playhouse
19 September - Winchester Theatre Royal
28 September - The Civic Barnsley
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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Aircraft Circus - Boudoir Circus

Date: 19 September 2017, 7.45pm
Venue: Underbelly Festival, Southbank, London

Following a sell out run at UK festivals, Boudoir Circus will land at Underbelly Festival Southbank for ONE NIGHT ONLY.

Come and join the provocative and tantilising ringmistress of all Mistresses, Ophelia Bitz, in her Boudoir of Circus delights. Providing an unrivalled blend of sexy, fun, raw and daring endeavours with an ever present dash of tongue-in-cheek, whatever your desires... everyone is welcome here!

Price: from £15.50

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Sean Kempton - STUFF

Date: 6 October 2017
Venue: Theatr Mwldan, Bath House Road, Cardigan
Price: £12, £8 Children

STUFF is a love story but not one you’ve seen a million times before, this is another kind of love story, maybe everybody’s love story.

STUFF is playful, funny, sad and familiar. Lead clown for Cirque du Soleil, Sean Kempton, mixes comedy, mime, clowning and the odd bit of dance in this absurdist show about love… The result is a highly energetic and entertaining, physical piece that takes its audience on a journey through the fragility, hilarity and awkwardness that love can sometimes entail.

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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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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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Humanhood - Zero

Date: 12 October, 7.30pm
Venue: Déda Theatre, Chapel Street, Derby

Submerge into Humanhood’s hypnotic and powerful piece Zero, a visually and sonically mesmerising performance of immersive sound, hypnotising lights and virtuosic movement where two dancers entangle through a ritualistic journey. Experience this spiritual and tribal dance and get transported into a dream-like world of imagination and beauty.

Presented as part of Déda’s Family Arts Festival.
Recommended for ages 11+ - contains partial nudity.
Price: £12 (£10)

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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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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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