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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.

Skin Deep – The Voiceless

Date: 8pm, 14 – 25 March 2017
Venue: The Space, 269 Westferry Road, London, E14 3RS

We are a Glasgow-based theatre company and are bringing our new devised show The Voiceless to The Space in South East London. Our work incorporates circus, physical theatre and storytelling to a newly-composed score. Running Time: 60 minutes approx.

Price:£12/10

Book before 14th February and get 25% off adult tickets

10% off with code ACROBALANCE.

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BA Hons Devised Pieces - National Centre for Circus Arts

Venue: National Centre for Circus Arts

Dates: Wednesday 29 March - 7.30pm

Thursday 30 March - 7.30pm

Friday 31 March - 7.30pm

Saturday 1 April - 3pm

Saturday 1 April - 7.30pm

Our BA (Hons) Degree students will perform their individual Devised Pieces at the National Centre for Circus Arts from 29 March - 1 April 2017.

£10 (£5 concessions). Please bring proof of concession status when you collect your ticket.

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Unicorn Theatre - Jeramee, Hartleby and Oooglemore

Unicorn Late: Thu 6 Apr, 7.30pm (live music from 6.30pm)

Enjoy a nostalgic night at the seaside with 3 for 2 on craft beers + free live music
ALL TICKETS £12 (usually up to £16)

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

Tour dates:
The Ark, Dublin 12 - 26 Apr 2017
Brighton Festival 8 - 9 May 2017

See flyer below for ticket offer

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Motionhouse - Scattered

Dates and venues:
Tue 4 Apr 2017 8.00pm (G Live, Guildford)
Wed 26 – Sat 29 Apr 7.30pm, Sat 29 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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Cirque Berserk! - UK Tour 2017

Dates and venues:
8 - 12 March - Opera House, Blackpool
14 - 18 March - Derngate, Northampton
22 - 25 March - Lyceum, Sheffield
28 March - 1 April - Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Showcasing the finest in traditional circus thrills and skills, Cirque Berserk! brings this treasured form of live entertainment bang up-to-date in a jaw-dropping spectacular – created especially for the theatre.

Blending contemporary cirque skills with thrilling stunt action, this astoundingly talented international troupe includes over thirty jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers, daredevil stuntmen and of course the award-winning clown, Tweedy.

The show also features the world’s most dangerous circus act – the legendary motorcycle ‘Globe of Death’. Don’t miss it!

Price: £12-£28

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Pemberton & Hague - 2 Man 10 Minute Circus

Date: 31 March 2017
Venue: Brook Theatre Chatham Kent.

Pemberton & Hague perform their first comeback show after 14 years among other amazing circus acts in Cabaret Of Curiosities - Circus Time at The Brook Theatre Chatham presented by Dizzy O’Dare.

Price: £12.50. Members of the Theatres Loyalty Scheme receive a discount of £2.50 per ticket.

Book any three of the four 2017 Cabaret of Curiosities at the same time for only £33.00.

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Cirque Du Soleil - Varekai

Venues and Dates:
15-19 March (The SSE Hydro, Glasgow)

Information: Deep within a forest atop a volcano, exists an extraordinary world, where anything is possible: Varekai... From the sky falls a solitary young man, and the story begins. On this day at the edge of time, in this place of all possibilities, begins an inspired incantation to life rediscovered

Price: £52.10 - £150.00

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Joli Vyann – Imbalance

Date: 30th March 2017
Venue: Deda, Derby

Combining exciting acrobatic skills and athletic dance, this energetic, thought-provoking performance explores our obsessive dependence with technology, asking whether our lives are ‘in’ or ‘out’ of balance?

It’s 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?

The highly skilled Joli Vyann present Imbalance in collaboration with internationally renowned choreographer Jonathan Lunn. Produced by Turtle Key Arts.

Price: £12.00 (£10 concession)

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The Insect Circus – The Albany

Dates: Tuesday 4 April - Saturday 8 April; 11am & 2pm.
Venue: The Albany, Deptford

Amongst astounding arthropod aerialists, balancing beetles and beauteous butterflies, astonishing novelties will be performed by this outstanding troupe of circus stars.

Not to mention Sybil, the only performing snail in the western world! Standing seven feet tall, she is remarkable for her immense size and gentle docility.

Price: £11 / £8 concs.

Promotions: £33 family ticket (4 tickets)

Box office: 020 8692 4446

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Le Lido Centre des Arts du Cirque - Si ça vous dérange pas?

Dates and venues:
6 - 7 April, Jacksons Lane
10 April, Circomedia

We hope you don’t mind. Maybe you will, maybe we don’t care. Sorry I mean we do. Well… so how are you? It doesn’t matter. Well everything matters. But not really.

Si ça vous dérange pas? is a show about identity. A collective of acrobats, aerialists and jugglers from eight different countries come together for 60 minutes to explore what brings us together and what pushes us apart. The ensemble have spent the past two years working and training together at Le Lido, a circus school which places the artist at the centre of what concerns them.
Driving for artistic autonomy and authenticity, Le Lido searches for what makes each artist unique.

Price: £10.95- £12.95

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Tweedy - Lost Property

Date: 10 & 11 April
Venue: Jacksons Lane, London

The comedy and slapstick legend and star of Gifford’s Circus, Cirque Berserk and the Cheltenham Everyman pantomime!

A comedy about a clown who gives in to society and gets a real job.

Not knowing who he is anymore, Tweedy gets a job in a Lost Property Office to try and find himself.

In this one-man family show, Tweedy illustrates an impressive repertoire of comedic talents which have made him one of the most respected and popular clowns the country has to offer.

No matter what he does Tweedy gets into a mess, but he can always find a creative way out of it. Tweedy will never get too big for his pants; his pants will always be too big for him.

Suitable for ages 3 to 103.

Please note that latecomers may not be admitted.

Price: £12.95 (+ £1.95 booking fee)

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Compagnie XY - It’s Not Yet Midnight…

Date: 10 - 23 April
Venue: Roundhouse

Returning to London for the first time since 2010, French Compagnie XY, widely regarded as one of the leading contemporary circus companies in the world, bring their spectacular new show It’s Not Yet Midnight… to the Roundhouse for its UK premiere. With their unique voice and highly advanced skills, XY continue to push boundaries in the creation of poetic and jaw-defying spectacle.

With 20 acrobats onstage, this show is a call to work together, to be watchful and to look out for one another, an antithesis to our individualistic society. It’s Not Yet Midnight… embraces the fleeting, exhilarating moment of euphoria, the state of weightlessness and then the inevitable fall that is part of the daily life of an acrobat.

“Their hand to hand … their takeoffs, their five-storey human towers, the care with which they ensure the landing of their somersaults describes an ideal world where risk-taking, generosity and solidarity rule the roost.”
- Le Figaro

Price: £19.50 - £32.50

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Cie Nuua - Taival

Date: 18 April
Venue: Jacksons Lane

Taival blends contemporary dance, circus and visual theatre to paint a bold and blistering portrait of the human body. The multi-disciplined, hyper-talented cast explore themes of control, manipulation, beauty and pain, using light and sound to manipulate the barrier between artist and audience. A physical, versatile, vibrant piece of contemporary circus.

Price: £14.95-£12.95

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Race Horse Company - Super Sunday

Dates & Venues: 20 & 21 April, Bangor

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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Racehorse Company - Around

Dates and Locations: 9 April, Barnsley

11 April, Luton

12 & 13 April, Jacksons Lane

15 April, Cambridge

45 minutes with no interval

Arriving with a caravan of hobby horses, two acrobats transform an empty stage into a charming circus ring with the help of a band of musicians.

Making its London debut as part of our Sirkus Finnish showcase, Around is a magical show that combines incredible skill, beautiful artistry and live music. Juggling, sword swallowing, hula hooping, acrobatics, clowning and a guitar-playing monkey will surprise and delight little ones and their families in this captivating spectacle.
Recommended for ages 4+.

Co-produced by Hämeenlinnan Theatre and Woltti Sirkus. Presented by Crying Out Loud. Supported by Arts Council of Uusimaa, Samuel Huber Art Foundation, TOP-Foundation and The Finnish Music Foundation.
Please note that latecomers may not be admitted.

Price: £5 - £12.95 (+ £1.95 booking fee)

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Barely Methodical Troupe – Kin

Date: Thursday 20 April
Venue: Arts Depot

Barely Methodical Troupe blasted onto the UK circus scene with their debut show BROMANCE, winning awards and becoming an international hit.

KIN premiered at the Roundhouse’s Circusfest in 2016 to standing ovations, 5 star reviews and a sold out run. 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. Highly entertaining KIN is a new kind of physical performance, circus as theatre from Barely Methodical Troupe “...one of the newest and most dynamic circus ensembles in the UK” (The Stage).

Price: £15 / £12 conc

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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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Ellie Dubois - No Show

Venue: Platform Theatre Glasgow
Date: 18 Apr 2017 1:30pm and 7pm

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. There will be glorious achievements and bruised bodies and egos as the performers push themselves to their physical and mental limit. Let us take you behind the flawless smiles and perfect execution of the traditional circus 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.

Price: £8.50 / £5 / £4

Box office: 0141 276 9696
Main Office: 0141 276 9670

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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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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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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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