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.
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First London Film Screening - Pirates of Salé
Date: Wednesday May 17, 6.30pm for 6.45pm start
Venue: Curzon Soho
Q+A afterwards with director Rosa Rogers and guests.
Directors: Rosa Rogers and Merieme Addou | UK | 80 mins | Moroccan Arabic and French with English subtitles
On Morocco’s old pirate coast, a new generation of pirates are setting sail in Morocco’s first professional circus. Cirque Shems’y overlooks Salé’s poorest slums and hundreds of teenagers come to audition each year, looking for a different future. Pirates of Salé follows four young Moroccans on a tough journey of transformation in search of athletic and artistic excellence - and personal and creative freedom. This is a film about being young in a place with few opportunities and daring to dream.
Watch the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/79791003
Casus – Driftwood
Venue: Underbelly Festival
Dates: 4 May - 4 June
Prices: £11.50 – £26.50
An international circus sensation, renowned for their aesthetic of delicately human circus, Casus bring their thrilling new show Driftwood to London for the first time, following rave reviews at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
This is a circus show that does not let you forget that to feel is to be human and in a moment of danger, a grasping hold is survival. The unique acrobatic shapes signature to Casus abound in this journey of explosive encounters, hidden looks, and humorous discoveries. Accompany Casus as we surge forward... Together.
Knee Deep, the previous show from Casus, won international accolades including Best Circus & Physical Theatre at the Adelaide Fringe Awards 2016.
To book visit link below or call 0333 3444 167.
Stufish - SOHO
Venue: World Premiere at The Peacock Theatre, London
Date: Saturday 6 - Saturday 20 May 2017
Crazy, voyeuristic and fast paced, a thrill ride of circus, street and theatre where glamour and sleaze rub shoulders in this anything goes trip around the streets of SOHO. An upbeat celebration of London’s world famous district, SOHO follows the diverse and colourful characters who inhabit it.
Its iconic soundtrack sets the scene for the many changing faces of SOHO through the decades; from the jazz and burlesque of the 50’s, to the love and peace of the 60’s, from the disco and punk of the 70’s to the 90’s wild rave.
This show was performed in Summer 2016 by the Foundation Degree Ensemble at the National Centre for Circus Arts as part of its development.
To book tickets, call the Box Office Number on 020 7863 8000
Feathers of Daedelus – Coppelia
Date: 24 – 25 May
Venue: Jacksons Lane
Coppélia explores what happens when desire dominates reason, when jealousy leads sanity astray, and when, as so often in love, all is not quite as it seems. The infamous ballet will be stripped bare, swallowed and spat out through the compelling voice of contemporary circus, transforming this Hans Bellmer-esque tale of a mechanical doll into a Freudian nightmare. The powerful story of infatuation, mechanisation and domination, will be realised in an experimentally surrealist, multidisciplinary fashion. Circus, film and spoken word sit side by side, a unique examination of love and the uncanny.
London Clown Festival 2017
Dates: 11 – 21 May 2017
Venue: Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre, The Broadway, Crouch End, E8 9JJ
Press Night Opening Cabaret: 11 May, 8:30pm
Highlights of the 2017 festival include Red Bastard, Natalie Palamides: Laid (co-devised and directed by Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner Dr Brown) Zach & Viggo: Dream Team (Winners – Best Comedy, Adelaide Fringe Weekly Award and Best Comedy Brighton Fringe) Jamie Wood: I Am A Tree (Total Theatre Award for Innovation Nominee) Twisted Loaf Are Off Yeast (Funny Women Award winners) and many more, including workshops yet to be announced.
The London Clown Festival Opening Cabaret and Press Night event will be held on Friday 11 May at 8:30pm in The Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre, Main Hall. Hosted by multi-award winning Lucy Hopkins, performers from across the festival will be in once place at the same time, followed by drinks in the sumptuous Gallery Bar.
Price: Prices vary by event from ￡7.50 - ￡11.50 (see individual event info)
Sophie Nuzel – The Adventures of the Little Ghost
Dates: Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 May, 1.30pm & 4pm
Promotion: £24 family ticket (4 tickets)
In a locked chest in a dusty attic of a very old castle lives The Little Ghost.
At the stroke of midnight each night The Little Ghost wakes up. He haunts the castle, visits the knights as well as his friend the owl. At the stroke of one, he falls asleep in his chest. His greatest wish is to see the world in daylight, just once. But how can he make his wish come true? And what will the townsfolk make of a ghost in the daytime?
You are invited to join the guest cast and be part of this show. For more information contact email@example.com.
A new show for young audiences choreographed by Sophie Nüzel, is coming to the Albany Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 May.
Circa - DEPART
18 - 21 May, General Cemetery, Hull
Part of Hull City of Culture 2017
25 - 28 May, Woodvale Cemetery, Brighton
Part of Brighton Festival
1 - 4 JUNE, Stanley Park, Blackpool
Part of Leftcoast
Haunting sights and sounds will seduce you down a path punctuated by unexpected encounters as you weave through the space between life and death…
Led by Yaron Lifschitz with his internationally acclaimed company, Circa and with a creative team including the electronic musician Lapalux, this ethereal collaboration brings circus artists, choral singers, designers and musicians together for a night full of surprises. Starring BA Hons degree students from the National Centre for Circus Arts.
DEPART first premiered at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park from 16 - 26 June 2016 and tours to Hull, Brighton and Blackpool from 18 May - 4 June 2017.
Buy tickets for Blackpool
Race Horse Company - Super Sunday
Dates & Venues: 15 & 16 May, Norwich
23 & 24 May, Coventry
26 & 27 May, Derby
1 - 3 June, Huddersfield
75 minutes plus a 20 minute interval
Suitable for: Everyone aged 12 years and over
Super Sunday is the newest super-fun show from Race Horse Company, the acclaimed all-male Finnish circus troupe with a reputation for madcap brilliance.
Big on flying, big on skill and big on stomach-churning thrills it is delivered with laidback humour on a stage dressed as a derelict funfair. Against an atmospheric soundtrack, tension builds as the six performers casually propel themselves higher and higher on trampolines, teeterboards and with catapults. A single slip and things could be messy!
Funny, brave and irreverent, Super Sunday is so exciting that you cannot look away for a second. Edge of your seat stuff!
A free post-show talk follows the performance on Tuesday evening.
Price: £7 - £19
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.
Giffords Circus - Any Port in a Storm
Dates and venues 2017:
12 - 15 May - Fennells Farm, Stroud
18 - 22 May - Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe
25 May - 5 June - Daylesford Organic Farm, Kingham
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.
Giffords Circus proudly presents a family-friendly 90 minute show, suitable for all ages.
Ellie Dubois - Ringside
Date: Fri 26 May - Sun 28 May
Venue: The Lowry
Ringside. A woman on a trapeze. The ghost of every glamorous woman you’ve ever seen on a trapeze high up in the big top, performing to the roar of the crowd. But she’s up-close in this intimate one on one aerial performance made for your eyes only. You can hear her breathing, watch every muscle twitch, see the bruises as her body performs revolt not acceptance.
Lots of sweat, no sequins.
Created and Directed by Ellie Dubois; Performed by Francesca Hyde; Lighting design by Chris Hoyle
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
Alula & Jacksons Lane – Hyena
Dates: 6 – 11 June
Venue: Underbelly Festival
The first all-female Cyr troupe Alula’s debut HYENA explodes onto the UK circus scene in a whirlwind of women, wheels, acrobatics, dance and song.
Boisterous, playful and wild, HYENA is a synchronised display of sisterhood, strength and power.
Join the pack, smash the patriarchy!
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.
Two Destination Language - Declining Solo
Date: 6 — 7 June
Venue: Jacksons Lane
A woman visits her family home and misses the one thing she values most: the father she remembers.
It’s in a place where there’s singing and dancing and eating and drinking and being merry, and of friendships and familial links, as the total core of communities.
It’s in a place where we still have mountains unadorned.
And where the summer smells of sun, and the winter smells of burning coal.
It is about a heyday, the heyday of a man.
It is also about ageing, it is also about fading.
I think if I piece it back together somehow
If the vase has been broken and I put back the pieces, it can get better.
Combining text with choreography, video and specially commissioned music, Declining Solo is the sequel to Two Destination Language’s award-winning Near Gone.
Produced in association with Salisbury Arts Centre, ARC Stockton, The Point Eastleigh and Dance4.
Price: £10.95 - £12.95
Barely Methodical Troupe – KIN
Dates: 7.30pm (doors open 6.30pm), Friday 16 & Saturday 17 June
Venue: Pavilion Theatre, Worthing
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.
Acrojou – The Wheel House
Venue: Steyne Gardens
Date: 17 June, 12.40pm & 2pm
Venue: Broadwater Green
Date: 22 July, 12pm & 2pm
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.
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)
Max Calaf – Anyday
Date: Saturday 1 July, 7pm
Venue: Pavilion Theatre
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.
Dizzy O’Dare – Rise
Date: 8pm,Tuesday 18 July
Venue: Pavilion Theatre
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.
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.
Head First Acrobats – Elixir
Date: 8pm, Friday 21 July
Venue: Pavilion Theatre
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.
Ockham’s Razor – Tipping Point
Dates: 8pm (doors open 7pm) 28 – 29 July
Venue: Pavilion Theatre
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.
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.
Metta Theatre – Jungle Book
Dates: Saturday 26 to Sunday 27 August
Saturday 2pm & 7pm
Sunday 11am & 2pm
Venue: Connaught Theatre
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.
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