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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.

Circa - DEPART

18 - 21 May, General Cemetery, Hull
Part of Hull City of Culture 2017
(SOLD OUT)

25 - 28 May, Woodvale Cemetery, Brighton
Part of Brighton Festival
(SOLD OUT)

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.

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Unicorn - Jeramee, Hartleby and Oooglemore

Tour dates:
The Unicorn Theatre until 9 April 2017
The Ark, Dublin 12 - 26 April 2017
Brighton Festival 8 - 9 May 2017

Reveling in delightful innocence and glorious stupidity, Jeramee, Hartleby and Oooglemore is a surprising and surreal encounter with three people who have a lot to say but only three words with which to say it.

This show has been making adults laugh so hard that we’ve decided to make a night of it with live music and a well stocked bar. So if you're an adult or a family with older children, this is your opportunity to see the show at an adult-friendly time. And keep an eye out for that seagull...

★★★★'a delicious piece of clowning theatre' Guardian
★★★★ 'smart, surreal and delightfully sensual comedy' Time Out

Not up for a late one? Come to a daytime show and laugh along with the actual kids. Best availability at weekends and in the Easter holidays.
#JerameeHartlebyOooglemore

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Motionhouse - Scattered

Dates and venues:
26 – 29 April 7.30pm
29 April 2.30pm (Peacock Theatre, London)

Scattered has been touring since October 2009 and has taken audiences by storm, with sell out shows and standing ovations in venues all around the world.

Scattered combines Motionhouse’s highly physical trademark style with entrancing digital imagery in an extraordinary interaction between film and live performance.

This astonishing production explores our relationship with water, a fundamental force in our lives. Seven dancers delve into the majesty and savagery of water, plunging into an ocean, tumbling down a waterfall and sliding on an avalanche to a frozen landscape of arctic beauty.

Price: £16-£23

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Race Horse Company - Super Sunday

Dates & Venues: 25 & 26 April, Poole

3 & 4 May, Salford

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

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Les Enfant Terribles and ebp - Alice Underground

Dates:
15 - 24 April 2017 (previews)
Tuesday 25 April - 10 September 2017 (performances)

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.

Revel in the ‘Wonderland of your imagination recreated before your eyes’ (The Guardian) finding yourself at the centre of the story piecing together the puzzle searching for Alice who has been lost in looking glass.

If you are already a Wonderlander, be prepared for new surprises and if you’re yet to be greeted by the White Rabbit, come and experience ‘real magic and wonder’ (The Stage).

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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Silver Lining - Foundation

Date: 28 & 29 April 2017
Venue: Jacksons Lane, London

Ask not ‘Can I do that?’ but ‘How can it be done?’

Fresh from their appearance in the London International Mime Festival, our associate artists Silver Lining present their brand new cabaret night inspired by historical women from Anne Frank to Rosa Parks to Madonna.
With the full force of their trademark energy, this all-female cast overcome obstacles and perform amazing feats in a celebration of strength, wisdom and female legacy.

Early Bird: Book by Fri 31 Mar and save 10%

Please note that latecomers may only be admitted at an appropriate point in the show.

Price: £12.95 (+ £1.95 booking fee)

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Open Sky Productions - Scorched

Date: 6 May
Venue: Jacksons Lane

Scorched uses new writing, visual physical theatre, period music and an innovative set to create the workings of a mind sinking into the sands of time.

1941. Egypt. WWII. An escaped German officer. A two-day chase across the brutal Sahara. A triumphant capture. A hero’s return.

1991. England. Jack reigns from the armchair of his rest home, a local legend. Decorated veteran of Tobruk. Former river warden, boxer, horse whisperer, boat builder, charmer, prolific father and husband to a very unhappy wife. Memories are, by his own hand, tattooed on his body but dementia is eroding his mind. As the Gulf War rages, the past drags him back to the scorched sands.

Price: £14.95-£12.95

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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

www.facebook.com/piratesofsale

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.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/79791003

www.piratesofsale.com

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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

Price: £8

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Wired Aerial Theatre – As the World Tipped

Date: Touring in 2017

Written and directed by Nigel Jamieson

This ambitious and extraordinary piece of aerial theatre tells a powerful tale of an ecological crisis.

Combining dramatic film and visuals with breath-taking aerial performance, As The World Tipped confronts one of the most pressing issues for the planet with spectacle, humour, and emotion. At the Secretariat of the Copenhagen Climate Change conference, harassed staff fail to notice the world around them, literally and metaphorically, slides toward disaster.

Availability and bookings: Irene Segura, irene@xtrax.org.uk
+44 (0)161 227 8383

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Mark Murphy’s V-TOL – Out of this World

Dates: 1 – 3 May

Venue: The Peacock, Sadler's Wells

Ground-breaking aerial choreography, explosive special effects and stunning projections join forces in this genre-defying show from acclaimed director Mark Murphy. Part psychological thriller, part heart-rending medical drama; this is the story of a woman’s descent into the depths of a medically induced coma. But once safely cocooned, she discovers a shocking truth that forces her to escape her subterranean safe-house in a very real fight for life.

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James Thierrée - The Toad Knew

Dates and venues:
Sadler’s Wells Theatre, 3 – 7 May
The Lowry, 10 – 11 May

James Thierrée, the multi-talented European performer and director with an impeccable theatrical pedigree, creates beautifully weird and undeniably wonderful theatrical productions.

His latest, The Toad Knew, is a spellbinding creation. Critically acclaimed, it is a seamless mix of mechanical marvels, seductive music, surreal humour and acrobatic finesse.

From within an ever changing fairytale lair, six characters emerge to act out their bizarre world. A piano plays itself, plates magically appear and disappear, a red-hooded woman with a swooping voice transforms into a lizard and a staircase spirals up to nowhere. At the centre of it all is Thierrée, the masterful physical clown. Helped by a squat servant and hindered by a man beast, he is partnered by Valérie Doucet cartwheeling, contorting and corkscrewing and the spinning aerialist Thi Mai Nguyen.

A unique theatrical experience and a triumph of wonders, miracles and surprises, The Toad Knew is unmissable.

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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

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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.

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

Price: £10-£30

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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

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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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