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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.

Pirates of the Carabina – PIRATE TAXI

Date: 23 – 25 June, 1.30pm
Venue: Glebeland Theatre and Circus Fields Glastonbury Festival

Travellers, adventurers, voyagers and pioneers - catch a ride aboard the PIRATE TAXI ... making a pit-stop on its journey around and about the hemispheres of life to collect new stories from the fair people of Glastonbury festival.

Catching a ride are a quartet of wayfarers who, by having hailed a ride, find themselves sharing in each other’s adventures and forging their own paths towards an unknown destination. Passengers on this trip are the lovely Jack Rees Linn Broden Peter Reynolds and Zara Macbeth.

But, there’s always room for another …

Head to the PIRATE TAXI rank. Journey time: 20 minutes.

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National Centre for Circus Arts - Foundation Degree Ensemble, 'impulse'

Date: 28 June - 1 July

impulse - ˈɪmpʌls/

“Right or wrong it's very pleasant to break something from time to time” - Dostoevsky.

A show about compulsion, friendship and change.

The National Centre for Circus Arts 2nd year Foundation Degree ensemble show directed by Ockham's Razor.

The show will take place at the National Centre for Circus Arts.

Price: £10 full price / £5 concession

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Love is the Drug - And the Little One Said…

Dates: 13 – 18 June
Venue: Underbelly Festival, Southbank

Press night: Tuesday 13 June, 7.45pm

Former Circa! and La Clique performer Jess Love brings her Circus Australia Award winning debut solo show to London’s Southbank for six performances, filling a macabre playground replete with hopscotch, blood spatter, rollerskates and broken glass in this visually enchanting, funny and surreal show about the mixing the innocent and the sinister.

“an almost Chaplinesque quality to this … considerable display of physical talent” Chortle

Price: £15.50 - £22.00

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Barely Methodical Troupe – KIN

Dates: 7.30pm (doors open 6.30pm), Friday 16 & Saturday 17 June
Venue: Pavilion Theatre, Worthing

Price: £19.50

The hottest UK circus company right now fly into Worthing with their brand new show KIN.

Barely Methodical Troupe blasted onto the UK circus scene in 2014 with their debut show Bromance, winning awards and becoming an international hit show. Now, Kin sets to follow in these footsteps after standing ovations during their sold out run at the Roundhouse’s Circusfest.

KIN explores group dynamics and how it feels to jostle for attention, camaraderie and affection. Barely Methodical’s physical prowess is deftly deployed examining the shifting relationships within the group. Tumbling, flying and catching become interpersonal challenges, support mechanisms and opportunities for individual bids for recognition.

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Flip FabriQue - Catch Me (Attrape Moi)

Venue: Underbelly Festival
Dates: 17 May - 9 July 2017

Twirling hoops, daring diabolos, and acrobats soaring through the air – all in a day’s play for Flip FabriQue, the exciting new faces of Canadian circus.

High flying, fearless, and fantastic fun, Catch Me (Attrape Moi) is the circus sensation that has astounded audiences around the world with adrenaline pumping feats of extreme acrobatics, dramatic turns on a trampoline, and inventive parkour.

This incredible display of athleticism and showmanship for the whole family makes its London premiere to headline Underbelly Festival's circus season.

Price: from £19.50

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Acrojou – The Wheel House

Venue: Steyne Gardens
Date: 17 June, 12.40pm & 2pm

Venue: Broadwater Green
Date: 22 July, 12pm & 2pm

Price: Free

Please note this is a free non-ticketed event, so add it to your calendars and don’t miss out on these stunning performances.

A ‘tender, post-apocalyptic love story’, The Wheel House is an acrobatic promenade show, which unfolds inside and around a circular set as it rolls with the audience walking alongside.

An enchanting story set in a dystopian future, at a time where survival relies on sharp eyes, quick hands, and above all, friendship. Join these traveller- gatherers on the road to nowhere: treading lightly, enduring quietly, and always, always moving onwards.

Acrojou’s flagship show, The Wheel House, has been touring worldwide since 2008 and is the most widely toured Without Walls commission to date. Stunning design and theatrical acrobatics, housed in an exquisite, hand-built rolling theatre set. The Wheel House is a unique performance that has captured the hearts and imaginations of audiences around the world.

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Carnesky Productions - Dr Carnesky’s Incredible Bleeding Woman

Dates: 20 - 25 June 2017
Venue: Underbelly

It's time to reverse the curse! Because the revolution will be menstrual!
From a secret institute Dr Carnesky invites you to attend a marvellously bloody lecture featuring some spectacular witchy magic illusions. A revelationary romp into the ritual power of the last unmentionable taboo. If you thought menstruation was a medical issue, think again!

Reinventing menstrual rituals for a new era drawing on the hidden power of a forgotten matriarchal past, this eclectic group of women combine activism, art, humour and stagecraft. Here, menstruation takes centre stage in a profound exploration into what it means to be ‘female’. Issues around fertility, body shame, taboo and lost ancient herstories are scrutinised, politicised & reclaimed.

Featuring amazingly skilled stars of the UK’s alt cabaret scene performing mind blowing menstrual rituals utilising all manner of skills, tricks and props from hair hanging, sawing in half illusions, sword swallowing, gushes of strawberry jelly, floods of theatrical blood, spurts of red lipstick and an unstoppable flow of sheer heart and soul.

Price: from £15.50

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The Belgrade Theatre Coventry - La Strada

Dates: 1 June – 8 July
Venue: The Other Palace, London

Federico Fellini’s La Strada (The Road) is one of the true masterpieces of modern cinema, winning the Academy award in 1957 for the movie starring Anthony Quinn. This visually stunning new stage adaptation directed by Olivier Award nominee Sally Cookson (Jane Eyre National Theatre, Hetty Feather West End), boasts a beautiful score by Benji Bower, with songs performed live on stage by a multi-talented cast.

The story of wide-eyed Gelsomina, who is sold by her penniless mother to Zampano, a travelling sideshow strongman, unfolds as they journey through the Italian countryside performing for their keep. Their perilous road trip leads them to a ragtag travelling circus where they meet Il Matto the tightrope walker who rekindles Gelsomina’s spirit with a new found confidence.

In this much-anticipated new stage production, Fellini’s profoundly impassioned and deeply involving story is sure to stimulate the senses, fire emotions and stir the soul.

Price: £20+

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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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Giffords Circus - Any Port in a Storm

Dates and venues 2017:

8 - 12 June - Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire
15 - 26 June - Oxford University Parks, Oxford
29 June - 10 July - Chiswick House & Gardens, London
13 - 17 July - Stonor Park, Henley-on-Thames
20 - 31 July - The Fox Inn, Barrington
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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The Belgrade Theatre Coventry - La Strada

Dates: 30 May – 8 July
Venue: The Other Palace, SW1E 5JA

Federico Fellini’s La Strada (The Road) is one of the true masterpieces of modern cinema. This visually stunning new stage adaption directed bu Olivier Award nominee Sally Cookson (Jane Eyre National Theatre, Hetty Feather West End), boasts a beautiful score by Benji Bower, with songs performed live on stage by a multi-talented cast.

Price: £20 – £39.50

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Living Room Circus - The Penguin & I

Dates: 29 June - 2 July 2017
Venue: The Dairy Farm, Forest Row

A daring experimental ensemble fly through the air in this immersive absurd performance.

'The Penguin & I' by Living Room Circus takes the ordinary and turns it on its head. Using acrobatics, aerials, audacity and an obnoxious penguin to tell a story of a morning after the night before. This immersive performance will invite you into an eccentric living room where things are never as they should be.

Connection, trust and courage collide in Living Room Circus’s latest show.

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Jacksons Lane - Hangwire

Date: 1 July 2017
Venue: Jacksons Lane, London

Jacksons Lane’s annual short-form circus residency programme returns for the third year.

This summer we welcome up to ten artists to share our theatre space to experiment with new work and ideas.

Expect the latest in cutting-edge contemporary circus from new and emerging companies and solo artists in the end-of-week showcase.
Please note that latecomers may not be admitted.

Price: £8 (+£1.95 booking fee)

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Max Calaf – Anyday

Date: Saturday 1 July, 7pm
Venue: Pavilion Theatre

Price: £12.50

This may be the last day in this place. Max may have been in this place for some time. And today, Max will pull us deeper into the intimate world he shares with his bird on his trampoline. This world is a tender, heart-breaking world. A world filled with strange sounds, echoes of the past, and perhaps an idea of the future? Comic, absurd, surreal, Anyday explores the archaeology of loneliness with light, darkness and ultimately joy. Set to an original score by Matt Huxley, Anyday is a charming tale that transmutes the clangs and boings of unbearable hope to make our spirits soar.

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Head First Acrobats - Elixir

Date: 4 - 9 July 2017
Venue: Underbelly Festival, Southbank

Winner – First and Foremost Entertainment Award Brighton Fringe 2015.
Elixir is circus with a difference! Uninhibited by cliché or expectation, subversive and hilarious, the story follows three enthusiastic and acrobatic scientists who attempt to create the elixir of life. The mayhem that follows is a beautiful mix of incredible acrobatics and impeccable comic timing.

Price: from £15.50

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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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The Late Night Shop - The Late Night Shop Cabaret

Date: 11 July, 8.00pm
Venue: Jacksons Lane

Sinister sex appeal, sharp wit and underground vaudeville vibes from ladies of The Late Night Shop Cabaret, who combine the seductiveness of a succubi with sharp-as-a-button wits.

London's most notorious purveyor of adult variety entertainment, The Late Night Shop's diverse set of performers combine their specialties to bring you a charmingly offensive, quite unsuitable, occasionally downright despicable night of fun.

Part of Postcards Festival 2017. All Postcards tickets are Pay What You Decide, which means you can watch it and pay what you think it's worth afterwards.

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Dizzy O’Dare – Rise

Date: 8pm, Tuesday 18 July
Venue: Pavilion Theatre

Price: £12.50

Rise wanders into a twilight world of show business, where lovers meet against a dream-like backdrop of song, circus, cabaret and the silver screen.

Combining tightwire, live music, theatre and Dizzy O’Dare’s surreal, eclectic style, Rise explores repeated encounters through a delightful blend of comedy and pathos. A voyeuristic journey riven with rich and romantic imagery.

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Sam Goodburn – Dumbstruck

Date: 3 July, 7.30pm
Venue: Jacksons Lane

An endearing dork finds himself semi-dressed amidst an apartment too floral for his now less-inebriated comfort zone.

Accidental clown turned multi award-winning performer Sam Goodburn plays a dumbstruck young man the morning after his first steps into manhood.

Witness offbeat comedy, world-class unicycling and impeccable feats with sliced bread. Much like his character, Sam is experiencing exhilarating new tingling feelings. As a result of winning Circus Maximus, the search for the UK's best circus act, he is collaborating with Underbelly and renowned clown/director Fraser Hooper to create his first solo show.

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Head First Acrobats – Elixir

Date: 8pm, Friday 21 July
Venue: Pavilion Theatre

Price: £16.50

#SexyCircus
Head First Acrobats are back in the United Kingdom with their internationally acclaimed circus show, Elixir. They’ve delighted audiences all over the world and are ready to take Worthing by storm.

Follow three (very handsome) scientists as they attempt to create the elixir of life and escape from trouble in the ensuing circus madness. It’s uninhibited, it’s bold and it’s hilarious.

Acrobats fly 5 metres into the air on the teeterboard, spin upside down on the mesmerising roue cyr wheel, perform incredible one arm handstands and balance on their heads on a swinging trapeze. Can’t picture it? Come brave it yourself.

Remember to breathe, this is brinkmanship at it’s best. You’ll feel the heat, see the sweat and won’t believe your eyes.

Leave your man at home and come experience Elixir.

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Ockham’s Razor – Tipping Point

Dates: 8pm (doors open 7pm) 28 – 29 July
Venue: Pavilion Theatre

Price: £16.50

Ockham’s Razor return with their new show Tipping Point, winner of the Total Theatre & Jacksons Lane Circus Award at Edinburgh Festival 2016.
Tipping Point is set in the round with the audience drawn in close to the action. The five performers are enclosed within the circle of the stage, transforming simple metal poles into a rich landscape of images.

Together they face a series of challenges as poles are balanced on fingertips, hung from the roof, swung, lashed, climbed up and clung to, the action veering from catastrophe to mastery.

Within this teetering world they push and support each other as they wrestle with the moment when things begin to shift. They must decide whether to rail against the chaos or ride it out, allowing life to tilt towards the tipping point.

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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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Le Cirque Du Platzak – Kermiz

Date: 5 August 2017
Venue: Pavilion Theatre

Price: From £12

A circus adventure in a childish dream, not a sweet story, more like the dark side of a Grimm fairy tale. Karmiz mixes the atmosphere of the old circus with nouveau cirque, peppered with rousing folk music.

The 2.30pm performance is dedicated to families and will be a brilliant opportunity for young audiences to experience circus for the first time.

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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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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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