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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 hazel@nationalcircus.org.uk with full details, a link and an image.

SHIFT - Barely Methodical Troupe

The Point, Eastleigh
Oct 19 - 20

Lighthouse, Poole
Oct 24 - 25

Canterbury Festival
Nov 1 - 2

Enter a shifting, gravity-defying space where acrobats push against the edges of reality, stretching, challenging and testing the limits of collective physical endeavour.

Watch them fly, tumble and spin in moments of breath-taking acrobatics and performance. When you leave you will ask yourself if what you’ve seen was possible…

The UK’s ground-breaking circus company Barely Methodical Troupe combine their trademark mix of exceptional physical prowess and punchy humour, with a brand new show that features artists from Spain, Switzerland and Sweden.

‘Daring, beautiful, breathtaking' **** whatsonstage

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Can't Sit Still - Plink & Boo

Half Moon Theatre, London
Sat 13 Oct

Gloucester Library
Wed 17 Oct

Z-arts, Manchester
Thu 25 Oct

The Grand, Clitheroe
Fri 26 Oct

Lancaster Library
Sun 27 Oct

Kidderminster Town Hall
Wed 31 Oct

Déda, Derby
Thu 1st Nov

Ellesmere Port Library
Fri 2 Nov

Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
Sat 3 Nov

Stratford Circus, London
Sat 10 Nov

Some might be Plink and others are Boo
Why does it matter, what’s the to-do?
Jumbled up people and boxes too small
Come play in our den and discover it all...

Welcome to the topsy turvy world of Plink and Boo. Using acrobatics, live music and mountains of toys, join us in an interactive circus theatre adventure to explore what happens when people don’t fit into boxes (even if it is the neatest place to put them).

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He Ain't Heavy by Oddly Moving

Dates & venues:

The Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne
Tuesday 23 October, 7.30pm
Wed 24 October, 2.30pm
eastbournetheatres.co.uk

Waterside, Sale
Saturday 6 October, 2pm & 7pm
watersidearts.org

Lincoln Drill Hall
Thursday 25 October, 7.30pm
lincolndrillhall.com

The Exchange, Twickenham
Friday 19 October, 7.30pm
exchangetwickenham.co.uk

He Ain't Heavy by Oddly Moving is touring this autumn. In this very touching autobiographical story grania pickard tells the story of growing up with her disabled autistic brother "sean" using physical theatre, aerial circus, audience interaction, storytelling and puppetry.

"When people ask me about my brother I usually give them the short answer; he has severe learning disabilities, epilepsy and autism. He Ain't Heavy is the long answer. As Sean cannot go on a national tour due to a love of routine and no concept of theatre, we are going to bring him into the room in other ways." GRANIA PICKARD

“An incredibly poignant and intimate portrayal of sibling love through puppetry and an aerial swing. You have to see Grania in action: she is a highly skilled circus performer, storyteller and connector, lighting up the entire stage.” LucyLovesCircus

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Pink Bucket 3: Of Spirit

Jacksons Lane, Highgate
Sat 13 Oct, 8pm

You may be full of spirit or have left it at the door. You might pray to Madonna or the Madonna. Whether you tarot over rune, whether you’re a white witch or super bitch, join our host, the beautiful and holy Virgin Xtravaganzah, and a gaggle of leading queer-lights for an evening of performance, song and the unexpected. It’s guaranteed to get your spirit fingers moving.

Line-up:

George Hicks ('wandering troubadour')
Charlie Caplan Wilson (static trapeze)
Joe Keeley (silks)
Lasana Shabazz (cabaret)
Lennin Nelson-McClure (Dance/Acro Balance)
MOUSE (cabaret)
Yam Doyev (Aerial Straps)
Vendetta Vain & Sadiq Sadiq (circus/live art)

Tickets: £10 - £14

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Tilted Circus Scratch

Venue: Jacksons Lane
Date: 20 October, 8pm

See the hottest, freshest contemporary circus in this one-off night of solos and duets. Eight artists and companies perform a selection of brand-new shorts using a dazzling array of disciplines in the air and on the ground.

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Ben & Fred: Juggling of Physics
A light-hearted juggling duet/physics lesson (juggling and hula hooping)

Nua Dance- Neus Gil Cortés: Quimera
Dance meets circus in this powerful and darkly funny performance from Nua Dance, inspired by Cervantes’ Don Quixote and combining elements of contemporary dance with aerial and acrobatics techniques.

Natalie James: DNA
Natalie is a movement artist interested in exploring people and their everyday experiences, hopes, pleasures and difficulties. Revisiting an old concept with a fresh perspective, this is a urban contemporary circus piece exploring sound, body and space – a transformative journey of embracing the value and stages of life, love and identity.

Mr Ian Marchant "Vaudevillian Extraordinaire": Still/Nothing/Found
Exploring the use of stillness and nothingness and how they are incorporated into performance and circus disciplines typically considered to be dynamic, moving and energetic.

Hazel Lam: To The Lighthouse
An ethereal aerial dance piece on solitude and abandonment, inspired by Virginia Woolf's modernist composition. An exploration of Expressionism in circus, focusing on the more natural and freer dance movement using an aerial equipment.

Sean Kempton & Michaela O'Connor: A Simple Story
Two idiots raising a genius: this piece explores the roles of parenthood and childhood within a contemporary family unit, seen through the eyes of its youngest member Chloe. Draws from influences including Peeping Tom (whose show Mother Chloe featured in earlier this year), Robert Wilson (Sean auditioned for Black Rider once, failed), Pina Bausch (Michaela knows German words) and the world of cartoon. Aims to be a family theatre circus show.

Maisy Luk: The Joy and Sadness of Being
Working mainly with rope, Maisy uses the flow between physicality, sound and speech to express herself, exploring direct and indirect communication with the audience. In this short work the character's thoughts and feelings will be central to the unfolding story. Body limitations and obstacles will to be key to conveying her feelings at specific points in time.

Truan Jay Mathias: One Man and His Ball
Challenges from the mundane to the bizarre with a crystal ball balanced on Truan's head, featuring contact juggling, dance and clowning.

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CRASH - Chivaree Circus

London (Winterville, Clapham Common)
28 Nov - 22 Dec (8 dates only)

CRASH is a brand-new production from Chivaree Circus and Upstage Creative, debuting at Winterville. Experience heart-stopping acrobatics, liquifying aerial dance and eerie balletic pieces to a lyrical electronic soundtrack. Inspired by 19th century french ballet La Sylphide, CRASH is a retelling of European folktale through impressionist, mix media pop-conceptual circus.

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Circus 1903 at Southbank Centre

Venue: Southbank Centre
Dates: 19 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019

Experience the thrills and daredevil entertainment of a turn-of-the-century circus this Christmas. Fresh from the Paris Theatre in Las Vegas, Circus 1903 visits Southbank Centre for its European premiere. The show includes sensational life-sized elephants stunningly created by puppeteers from War Horse, putting elephants back in the ring as never before. The circus boasts a huge cast of jaw-dropping and dangerous acts from all corners of the globe.

Featuring acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, trapeze and high wire performers and more, this show captivates and transports audiences of all ages to the mesmerising Golden Age of circus.

Price: from £25

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Totem - Cirque Du Soleil

Venue: Royal Albert Hall
Dates: 12 January – 9 February, 2019

Journey into the Evolution of Mankind - TOTEM follows the human species from original amphibian state to ultimate desire to fly. The characters evolve on a stage, evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations. TOTEM explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential.

Price: from £50

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Cirque Éloize - Hotel

Peacock Theatre (Sadlers Wells), London
20 February - 9 March, 2019

Celebrating their 25th anniversary, Canadian contemporary circus crew Cirque Éloize open the doors to their new show, Hotel. In an art deco grand hotel, tourists and travellers, the famous and infamous, mingle in the 1920s, stopping over in the 1970s and 2040. Sneak behind closed doors to witness their intimate stories, guided by the time-spinning groom and the artful maître d’hôtel.

With 12 acrobats and musicians, and an original score by Éloi Painchaud, Cirque Éloize show off their trademark blend of circus and drama in a place that never sleeps.

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