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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.

Pangottic - Long Shot

Date: 18 November 2017, 7pm
Venue: Déda Theatre, Chapel Street, Derby

Long Shot is a stripped-back circus performance where the audience is in charge. Using handcrafted remote control contraptions, tight choreography and laugh out loud humour, PanGottic bring to life one man’s belief in the near impossible, the almost unachievable and the highly unlikely. This show pushes the boundaries of how much risk an audience can bear, or be willing to create, by placing the routine and repetition of a highly skilled juggler in the same room as extreme unpredictability.

Presented as part of Déda’s Family Arts Festival.
Price: £12 (£10)

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Joli Vyann – Imbalance

Dates and venues:

22 November - The Terry O’Toole Theatre, North Hykeham
25 November - Marlow Theatre Canterbury
28 November - Lancaster Arts
2 December - Lion Salt Works Cheshire
1 March 2018 - New Theatre Royal Portsmouth

Following their success at the Edinburgh Festival and sold-out performances at Sadler's Wells as part of The London International Mime Festival, the acclaimed circus, dance company Joli Vyann take their exciting show Imbalance on tour.

Imbalance explores our obsessive dependence with technology, asking whether our lives are ‘in’ or ‘out’ of balance? It is 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?

Price: from £8

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Coronet International Festival - Waves

Date: 21 – 23 November, 7.30pm
Venue: Print Room at the Coronet, Notting Hill Gate, London

Choreographed by Dickson Mbi, Kirill Burlov, Gisele Edwards

The Coronet presents an evening of new dance pieces juxtaposing the distinctive styles of three extraordinary choreographers:

Dickson Mbi performs Duende: in his first self-choreographed solo piece Dickson draws on his diverse disciplinary background, spanning popping, funk and classical dance, to explore the concept of duende, an idea often associated with flamenco, in which the spirit life of the artist is made manifest. S/he, a duet by Kirill Burlov, investigates the oscillations of power in intimate relationships, questioning how shifting and dismantled gender roles might affect the balance and imbalance, of power between lovers. Award-winning aerialist Gisele Edwards performs Rasa: continuing her choreographic explorations of the spatiality of sound, Gisele here displays some of her beautiful rope-work in her first collaboration with a sitar player.

Price: £20 / £15

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Tipping Point - Ockham's Razor

Date: Thursday 23 – Saturday 25 November
Venue: Stratford Circus, London

Tiptoeing between catastrophe and mastery, five performers turn giant metal poles into a breath-taking physical landscape, balancing them on fingertips, hanging in the air, swinging, climbing and clinging.
Within this teetering world they push and support each, but when things begin to shift they must decide whether to kick back against the chaos or ride it out, as life tilts towards the tipping point.
Stratford Circus Arts Centre favourites Ockham’s Razor return to East London with their award-winning show on its final London tour outing.

Price: £10-15

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Eight Songs – Gandini Juggling

Dates: 2nd December
Venue: The Lowry, Salford Quays, UK

A series of choreographed juggling vignettes set to 8 classic rock and roll songs. A tribute to the mythical landscape of popular music. From Dylan’s stream of consciousness realms to the Velvet Underground’s troubling landscapes, from David Bowie’s soulful escapades to the rocking Rolling Stone’s anthemic joy de vivre.
“Gandini Juggling. Not just leaders in their field but trail blazers” Lyn Gardner.

Price: from £13.50

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The Ramshackle House - Upswing

Venue: Stratford Circus, London
Date: Monday 4 – Sunday 24 December

Rattling windows, wobbly floorboards and a crumbling roof - what will Christmas be like for the family that calls this rickety house their home, and will it be ready in time for the festivities?

With awe-inspiring acrobatics and dazzling physical feats, this is a whirlwind for the senses with magnificent music and thrilling circus tricks.

A perfect treat for the end of the year, step into an enchanting world where a touch of magical mayhem meets some unexpected festive surprises.

Price: £10 - £12

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Aircraft Circus Foundation Course Student Circus - DREAMS

Dates: 7.30pm 8 - 9 December 2017
Venue: Hangar Arts Trust, Thames-Side Studios, Unit 7a, Mellish House, Harrington Way, London, SE18 5NR

Dreams (what's yours...?)

An acrobatics and aerial arts circus cabaret.
AirCraft Circus are proud to present our end-of-term student showcase. This is the product of 16 weeks hard work and dedication from our talented Foundation Course students.

Tickets: Adult £12, Child (15 and under) £8

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Greenwich Circus Festival 2017

Date: Saturday 16 December – Sunday 17 December
Venue: Hangar Arts Trust, Thames-Side Studios, Unit 7a, Mellish House, Harrington Way, London, SE18 5NR

Welcome to Greenwich Circus Festival - Aircraft Circus' weekend-long celebration of all things circus!

Greenwich Circus Festival is split in to two sessions: Day ticket and Evening ticket.
A separate ticket is needed for each session.

Day Ticket

Adult: £14
Youth: £12

The day session has something for all ages ... shows, workshops, games.
We are offering Free Workshops in Flying Trapeze, Juggling, Static Trapeze and Acrobalance for everyone who buys a day ticket. You will need to book your place in advance on the website for each workshop you wish to attend. We'll have food, a licensed bar, free facepainting, and a giant inflatable slide.

Neverland Youth Circus - 3pm

Santa's Little Helpers - 3.45pm

Circus All-Sorts Cabaret - 4pm

The Nightmare Before Christmas Cabaret - 5pm

Evening Ticket

Adult: £24
Youth: £12

Alumni-Ati Cabaret - 7.30pm

Aircraft Circus Presents ... The Last Supper - 9pm

PLEASE NOTE: The Evening Shows will contain adult themes and partial nudity.

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Rose Theatre Kingston - Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather

Date: 21 November, 2017 - 07 January, 2018
Venue: NST Nuffield Southampton

Join tomboy Hetty Feather on an audacious adventure in this Olivier nominated West End hit based on the book from best-selling author Jacqueline Wilson.
Roll up and join Hetty on her escape from the Foundling Hospital.
Tremble as she faces Matron Stinking Bottomly.

Thrill as she discovers the squirrel house and Tanglefields Travelling Circus.
Gasp as she endures a night locked in the attic.

Quake as she braves the scary streets of Victorian London

Cheer as she overcomes all in the search to find her real mother and a true family of her own.

With beautiful storytelling, spectacular circus skills, original songs and live music, this critically acclaimed five star production offers the perfect treat for the whole family. Be excited and delighted by this unmissable adventure story.

Price: from £10

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Miracles - Moscow State Circus

Dates: 20 December 2017 – 7 January 2018
Venue: Ealing Common, London

Miracles includes award winning clowns Chervotkins Duo, along with acrobatics - Didyk Troupe on Europe’s only double Russian swings, flying and somersaulting from one fast moving swing to another.

Other acts include unicyclists The Gorodetskiys Duo and Eugeniy Hochrova, foot Juggling and the sensational trapeze artistes The Peruskins Duo, and Anna Rastsova, all housed in a state of the art centrally heated theatre style luxury Big Top.

Price: from £12, £8

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Slava Polunin - Slava's Snowshow

Dates: 18 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
Venue: Royal Festival Hall, London

Experience a joyous dream-like world that touches both your heart and funny bone, culminating in a breath-taking blizzard that leaves you literally knee deep in snow, in Slava's Snow Show.

The multi-award-winning international sensation is back due to popular demand for Christmas 2017, having delighted audiences in over 80 cities globally including New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Rome, Hong Kong, Rio de Janeiro and Moscow.

Price: £20 - £105

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2Faced Dance Company - What the Moon Saw

Dates and times: 12pm & 3pm Wednesday 20 December, 1pm & 4pm Thursday 21 December, 11am Friday 22 December
Venue: The Place, 17 Duke's Road, London

Alone in the world and scared of the dark, young Jack opens his bedroom curtains to find a familiar friendly face, The Moon.

The Moon, shining bright, teaches Jack how to be brave by taking him on an amazing adventure across the world, showing him all that he sees and teaching him all that he knows.

Watch Jack’s world come to life in this interactive tale of dance, circus and music, bringing you a trove of secrets and surprises that will delight, excite and charm the whole family.

For the ultimate adventure come dressed in your pyjamas!

Age recommendation 3+ and families
Duration: 45 minutes
Price: £8 (child) / £16 (adult)

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Cirque du Soleil - OVO

Venue: Royal Albert Hall
Dates: January 7 2018 - February 11 2018

Rush Headlong into a New Ecosystem

OVO is teeming with life. Insects work, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy in motion. Their home is filled with biodiversity, beauty, action and moments of quiet emotion. The awestruck insects are intensely curious when a mysterious egg appears, representing the enigma and cycles of their lives.

Price: starting at £20

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Santa Madera - Compagnie Mpta

Date: Friday 12 - Sunday 14 January 2018
After-show discussion on Saturday 13 January
Venue: Shoreditch Town Hall

Invented by Daniel Cyr of Canada’s Cirque Eloise at the end of the 20th century the Cyr wheel is one of the most spectacular and dangerous circus disciplines. Like the figure in Leonardo da Vinci’s famous drawing, the performer is contained in a slender steel hoop, arms and legs stretched taut, spinning like a gyroscope.

Trained at France’s top circus schools, Juan Ignacio Tula from Argentina and Swiss-born Stefan Kinsman who was raised in Costa Rica, are two brilliant Cyr wheel artists, who make thrilling theatre from their expertise.

‘Santa Madera’ (in Spanish – sacred wood) is inspired by indigenous South American rituals, with choreography that seems to hurl the artists through time and space, evoking the violence of combatants in a pagan power game. Whirling at the limits of control, they tell their story through amazing strength and agility, bravery and grace.

Santa Madera is the duo’s second production, created in 2017 under the guidance of acrobat/trampoline genius Mathurin Bolze, whose Mpta company has produced some of the festival’s most breath-taking shows of recent years including last year’s hit, Barons Perchés.

Price: £18/£16

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Sigma - Gandini Juggling

Date: Monday 15 - Tuesday 16 January, 8pm
Venue: Lilian Baylis Studio at Sadlers Wells, London
After-show discussion, Monday 15 January

Gandini Juggling’s beautiful new show explores the creative interface between juggling, geometry and classical Indian dance.
Performed by a virtuosic cast including the award-winning choreographer Seeta Patel, Sigma showcases exuberant rhythms, patterns and colours, at the heart of which is a unique interpretation of the South Indian dance form, Bharatanatyam.

With its dazzling quartet of female artists, seductive percussion score and sumptuous backdrop of multimedia projections, Sigma is a finely crafted work designed to engage in a dialogue with the viewer, transcending cultural barriers and stimulating imaginations.

Following its success at recent editions of the Mime Festival and extensive international touring with 4x4:Ephemeral Architectures and Smashed, Gandini Juggling continues to excite and entertain in this latest cross-artform collaboration, winner of an Asian Arts Award and Total Theatre Award at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Price: £20/£12

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Zippos - Cirque Berserk! 2018 tour

Dates and venues:

31 January – 3 February - The Orchard, Dartford
5 February – 17 February - Peacock Theatre, London
20 February – 24 February - Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
27 February – 4 March - Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin
8 March - 11 March - Palace Theatre, Manchester
14 March – 18 March - New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
28 March – 2 April - Churchill Theatre, Bromley
5 April – 7 April - Theatre Royal, Norwich
10 April – 15 April - Swan Theatre, Wycombe
8 May – 12 May - Theatre Royal, Plymouth
31 May – 2 June - Floral Pavilion, New Brighton
2 June – 4 June - Richmond Theatre, Richmond
7 June – 9 June - King's Theatre, Glasgow
12 June – 16 June - G Live, Guilford
26 June – 1 July - Theatre Royal, Nottingham
26 July – 28 July - Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
29 August – 1 September - Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Showcasing the finest in traditional circus thrills and skills, Cirque Berserk! celebrates the 250th anniversary of the invention of Circus by bringing this treasured form of live entertainment in a jaw-dropping spectacular created especially for the theatre.

Combining contemporary cirque-style artistry with adrenaline-fuelled stunt action, this astoundingly talented international troupe includes over thirty jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers and daredevil stuntmen.

Featuring the world’s most hair-raising circus act – the legendary motorcycle ‘Globe of Death’.

Price: from £15

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Motionhouse – Charge

Venue: The Peacock
Dates: 21 – 24 March, 2018. Wed-Sat at 7:30pm, Sat at 2:30pm.

Following on from the success of Broken and Scattered, Motionhouse unearths the science behind the beating of our hearts and the memories we make. Six performers use dance and acrobatics to expose the charge that sparks human life in this electrifying new multi-media show tracing the incredible story of energy in our lives.
In an exciting fusion of art and science, Motionhouse has worked with partners from the University of Oxford on the role of electricity in the human body to inspire the show. Charge is the third element of Kevin Finnan’s Earth Trilogy.

Running Time
1 hr 10 mins (no interval)
Tickets £15, £22, £29


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