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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.

Black Cat Cabaret

Dates: 20 May - 22 September 2017
Venue: Underbelly Festival, Southbank, London
Advice: Strictly for ages 18 and up.

London’s favourite purrrveyors of dark and daring cabaret entertainment return to the mirrored surroundings of the Paradiso spieltent with a spectacular show inspired by vintage, after-hours Montmartre. Expect to encounter high-kicking showgirls, jaw-dropping acrobats, comic street singers, musicians, aerialists and a belle epoque sense of giddy abandonment! All of which is bound together by The Black Cat’s “compère beyond compare”, Dusty Limits. Returning to the Southbank for a 4th summer season, The Black Cat is the place to experience modern cabaret in all of its wondrous forms – from the sacred to the profane, the lyrical to the downright louche.

Price: from £22.50

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Derby Festé

Date: 29 & 30 September 2017
Venue: Bass’ Recreation ground, Derby

Derby Festé will open on Friday night at Bass’ Recreation Ground which will be transformed into ‘World of Circus’ from late afternoon.
Derby Festé will arrive on 29 and 30 September, transforming Derby into a playground with performances for the whole family to enjoy.
Derby Festé kicks off on Friday night as Bass’ Recreation ground is transformed into a ‘World of Circus’ with a twist of Festé and a sprinkling of magic.

Enjoy the very first ‘Festé Food Village’ with street-food and drinks from around the world. Take in the beauty of the fire garden and encounter a carnival procession and circus acts along the way. The evening will build towards a show-stopping, daring and dangerous aerial performance by European company Gorilla Circus called ‘The Altitude Show’. Tickets are just £7 each and group bookings of 8 or more are just £5 each! So come along and enjoy.
For more information about the rest of the Festé weekend, head to the main event page.

See derbyfeste.com for more information.


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Giffords Circus - Any Port in a Storm

Dates and venues 2017:

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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Elusive Circus - Dust

Dates and venues:

Circomedia, Bristol - Wednesday 21 September, 7:30pm

Dust is a one hour promenade circus show suitable for a family audience. Enter a surreal monochrome world where puppetry meets with mysterious circus performers.
Experience this magical dreamworld with dancing umbrellas and amazing feats of aerial, acrobatics and juggling as you follow the journey of a young person who gets drawn into this black and white world of circus.
Dust will enthral and amaze all ages by welcoming everyone to a fantasy world which will bring the child like wonder of circus and fairy tales together. Co-directed by Tamzen Moulding and Emma Brunton.

Price: from £14
Age: 10+

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Briefs Factory - Briefs: Close Encounters

Dates: 14 July - 30 September 2017
Venue: Underbelly Festival, Southbank

Following sold-out London seasons in 2013-2016, the world’s hottest all-male boylesque circus stars return in a brand-new show for 2017!
Having glitter-bombed the globe as we know it with their iconic and hilarious brand of circus, drag, burlesque and comedy, the Briefs boys are now ready to explore the third dimension.

With their trademark skill and humour they test the limits of masculinity, taste and decency. Expect interstellar aerials, incredible artistry, and warped speed strippers from outer space.

Prepare yourselves for a very close encounter with the Briefs boys.

Price: from £20.00

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NoFitState - As A Tiger In The Jungle

Dates and venues:

22 & 23 September - Birmingham Repertory Theatre
8 October - Pontio, Bangor
10 & 11 October - Jacksons Lane, London
15 & 16 October - Circomedia’s St Paul’s Church, Bristol
24 & 25 October - Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Three performers from Nepal and Vietnam ask questions about life, love, poverty and greed. Using spoken word, movement, circus and ceremony, they tell the story of how against all odds they survived their childhood and created their own destiny. An inspiring, authentic, raw and heart warming performance about life and circus, entertainment and reflexion.

Produced through an International partnership between artistic directors from two renowned European circus companies. As a Tiger in the Jungle will be a unique theatrical circus experience!

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And What? Queer. Arts. Festival - The Pink Bucket (Too)

Date: Sat 14 Oct, 8pm
Venue: Jackson Lane, London

Join us for round (Too) of The Pink Bucket, a cacophony of queer circus and cabaret led by the extraordinary ‘drag prince’ Alfie Ordinary – winner of both Brighton and Hollywood Fringe awards – and featuring a carousel of the most fulfilling upstarts on the circuit addressing your levels of satisfaction. Is your Pink Bucket half-full or half-empty? Is it boner dry or does it runneth over with delights?

Duration: 1h 40m
Age guidance: 18+
Cost: £10–£18.95

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Joli Vyann – Imbalance

Dates and venues:

28 September - The Civic Barnsley
30-31 October - Jacksons Lane
2 November - Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot
9-10 November - Circomedia Bristol
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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Moscow State Circus - Gostinitsa

Dates and venues:
Leicester, 20 – 24 September
Hampstead Heath, 27 September – 1 October
Bristol, 4 – 15 October
London, 18 – 29 October

Gostinitsa is a rapturous and passionate new circus experience that unites the Moscow State Circus with the glorious Golden Age of Hollywood a show that promises to have all the spectacle and nerve-tingling, edge of your seat feats for the whole family.
The Moscow State Circus is a magical experience for people of all ages coming together to witness some fantastically unbelievable acts.

Award winning Clowns the Chervotkins Duo, will guide you through the Hotel of Curiosities. Featuring performances including acrobatics on Europe’s only double Russian swings, hurtling through the air and somersaulting impossibly from one rapid moving swing to the other. An incredible sight to behold.

The marvelous Alikhanov Troupe features three acrobats climbing and spinning to the very top of two ten metre poles balanced on the single shoulder of one man.

You will also observe unicycling, foot juggling, trapeze, high wire and of course the unforgettable Gostinitsa bellboys performing an incredible skipping act with a twist not to be missed.

Price: from £12

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Sean Kempton - STUFF

Date: 6 October 2017
Venue: Theatr Mwldan, Bath House Road, Cardigan
Price: £12, £8 Children

STUFF is a love story but not one you’ve seen a million times before, this is another kind of love story, maybe everybody’s love story.

STUFF is playful, funny, sad and familiar. Lead clown for Cirque du Soleil, Sean Kempton, mixes comedy, mime, clowning and the odd bit of dance in this absurdist show about love… The result is a highly energetic and entertaining, physical piece that takes its audience on a journey through the fragility, hilarity and awkwardness that love can sometimes entail.

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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

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Natalie Reckert & Mark Morreau - Natalie Inside Out (Work in Progress)

Date: Sat 21 Oct, 5pm
Venue: Jackson Lane, London

A collaboration between a hand balancer and a digital artist that explores the inner workings and fragmentation of the acrobatic body through digital technology and video projection. Playful, didactic, beautiful and highly skilled, this work-in-progress showing will preview the developing themes and technologies that will feature in the finished production.

Duration: 50m
Age guidance: 12+
Cost: £8

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Yangson Project - Factory Girls

Date: Friday 13 Oct, 8pm
Venue: Jackson Lane, London

A charming, beautiful and thoughtfully crafted physical-theatre production from South Korea’s rising stars, appearing in the UK for the first time. This multi-sensory experience tells the story of Oksun, a young girl working in a Japanese factory during the Korean industrial boom of the 1930s who battles oppression to find her voice.

Duration: 1h
Age guidance: 12+
Cost: £10–£18.95

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Compagnie Animotion - The Musicians of Bremen

Dates: Mon 23 – Thu 26, Oct
Mon: 3pm; Tue-Thu: 11am & 2pm
Venue: Jackson Lane, London

Meet four animals put to pasture: a donkey, a cat, a cockerel and a dog. Too old to be of any use to their masters, this tumbling musical adventure is the story of their extraordinary friendships.
Compagnie Animotion present their latest adaptation of high-quality, non-verbal work for young audiences. Puppetry, movement, trapeze and live music combine in this visually stunning tale that shows we are never too old to live our dreams.

Duration: 50m
Age guidance: 3-7
Cost: £12.95

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Bristol Circus City Festival

Date: 12 - 29 October 2017

Bristol’s biennial circus festival is back this October with a packed programme of over 50 events taking place in more than 15 locations across our city.

Combining homegrown talent from Bristol’s thriving circus scene with critically acclaimed shows from across the globe, Circus City’s programme showcases the very best of contemporary circus.

Circomedia is our busiest venue with four outstanding shows and a co-presentation of Ockham’s Razor’s Tipping Point at the 1532 Theatre. Further highlights include the UK premiere of The Bekkrell E ect at Bristol Old Vic, a Swing Circus sensation at The Trinity Centre, a festival of Fools at the Wardrobe Theatre and an action-packed line-up of shows and activities for kids over the half term.

The programme also features a number of industry events designed to spark debate, facilitate learning and inspire creation including workshops, masterclasses and talks.

And in a major coup for the festival, this year’s event is sponsored by DASH – digital cash. To learn more about DASH, buy tickets or pick up a programme, pop into The Milk Bar - Circus City’s hub and festival bar in Old Market.

See the full programme and buy tickets below.

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Nearly There Yet - The Party

Date: 22 October, 11am & 3pm
Venue: Déda, Chapel Street, Cathedral Quarter, Derby, DE1 3GU

A man excitedly waits for the guests to arrive at his party. The cake is made, the presents have arrived, and the music is playing – all he needs are his friends to make this the best birthday ever.

Enter some unexpected guests: a French cyclist, a man dressed as a giant chicken and a mysterious stranger who has apparently never had a birthday. An endlessly entertaining topsy-turvy show that humorously explores difficult topics such as sharing, social exclusion, and not always getting what you want.

A fantastically engaging show for young people aged 3+ to enjoy with the whole family… there’s even pass the parcel!

Duration: 45 minutes
Presented as part of Déda’s Family Arts Festival
Please Note: Individual tickets must be purchased for adults and children over 2 years. Free tickets for under 2 year olds are available when sharing a seat with a full paying adult.

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Simple Cypher/Wiredo - Double Bill

Date: 28 October 2017, 7.30pm
Venue: Déda Theatre, Chapel Street, Derby

Hanna Moisala’s WireDO, tells a mesmerizing story of stepping out to the unknown. Using her body, a tightwire and a physical composition that draws on the Japanese rope art of Shibari, Wiredo explores the inner balance of human behaviour.

Daring tightwire stunts and skilled rope manipulation offer an unprecedented spectacle. National Centre for Circus Arts graduates Kieran Warner and Christopher Thomas (Simple Cypher) both specialise in Cyr Wheel. The two also share a passion for Hip Hop. Style, originality and unity have had a profound influence on their development as circus performers – and this piece. Expect innovative play with a real wow factor!

Running Time: Approx 80mins including interval.
Presented as part of Déda’s Family Arts Festival
Price: £12 (£10)

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Hikapee - Moonfall

Dates: Sunday 5 November, 1pm and 3pm
Venue: The Albany, London

A theatrical story told with aerial circus. Join a princess like no other as she embarks on the biggest journey of her life – to the Moon!

With two performers and many more characters, this brilliantly comical story-telling performance uses a rope, a hoop and bags of imagination.

Hikapee create theatrical stories, with strong narratives, supported by creative use of aerial circus equipment. Moonfall use an aerial rope and hoop and combine these exciting disciplines with beautiful and imaginative play to tell a completely original story.

Supported by Arts Council England, Jacksons Lane, Circus Futures and Theatre Delicatessen.

Age: 4+
Price: £7 / £24 family ticket

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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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Oddly Moving - He Ain’t Heavy

Dates: Thu 2 – Fri 3 Nov, 8pm
Venue: Jackson Lane, London

Performer Grania Pickard tells the story of growing up with her disabled autistic brother, Sean, using physical theatre, aerial circus, audience interaction and storytelling. Through puppetry, the audience see how Sean walks, talks and interacts with the world and how his unique take on life has shaped and influenced Grania.

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

Duration: 60m
Age guidance: 6+
Cost: £8–£16.95

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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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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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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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Max Calaf - Anyday

Date: 6pm, 30 September 2017
Venue: The Broadway Barking, IG11 7LS

A circus show like no other and a day in the life like no other! Max lives on a trampoline, with only his little pet bird for company. Every day his life is the same, but Max decides he wants a change, so they embark together on an adventure. Follow the two friends in their funny, bouncing daily routine, with breathtaking trampoline skills and hilarious clowning, in a brilliant and unique new show for all the family.

Meet Max! The bouncing star and creator of Anyday, Max Calaf, will be delighted to meet and greet audience members after the show.

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Fauna

Dates: 8pm 12 - 14 October, 2pm on 14 October.

Fauna is a tapestry of unique skills and exceptional movement - witness the performers shapeshift as they embody the primal drives of the animal kingdom.

Exquisite acrobatics portray the rituals of courtship, the aggression of competition, the Machiavellian cunning of pack hierarchy and the simple pleasures of play.

Each of the world-class performers embodies a distinctly individual animalistic character, their traits weaving together as they interact and develop. Fauna creates a picture of animals and humans as complex as it is beautiful.

Price: £13/£9

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Race Horse - Around

Date: 25 - 28 October, 11am & 2pm

Around is a fun, tender show about the life of a circus troupe as they overcome hardship through collaboration and cooperation. A drum machine roars, buckets are banged and the vivid sound of an acoustic guitar joins the buzzing of a baritone ukulele in an ‘80s inspired soundtrack created especially for performance.

Featuring a monkey suit and a massive banana, this playful performance mixes circus skills old and new: juggling, acrobatics, hula hooping, mime, clownery, blowing bubbles and break dancing!

There will be a relaxed performance on Thursday at 2pm.

Price: £9

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Ilona Jäntti & Aino Venna - Yablochkov Candle

Dates: 19 - 21 October, 7pm, Friday 7pm & 9pm

Enter the velvet world of cabaret in 1920s Vienna for an evening of poetic jazz and aerial performance infused with the smoky tones of French chansons and old school rock ‘n’ roll.

Seated at their tables the audience are surrounded by a mixture of sultry songs and sophisticated choreography that takes place on tailor-made apparatus rigged in response to the beautiful interior of Circomedia’s grade II listed church on Portland Square.

Finnish aerialist Ilona Jäntti and singer- songwriter Aino Venna have created a unique and minimalist cabaret-esque night that will linger in your memory for months to come.

Price: £15/£13

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