Photo credit: Circus 1903 (Photo courtesy of Circus 1903)

‘Circus 1903’ to return for Christmas fun at Royal Festival Hall

The variety show will be back on the Southbank for a third year.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

Circus 1903 will entertain families in the capital this Christmas, as the production returns to London. Circus 1903 is back at the Royal Festival Hall, with upcoming dates from 16 December - 2 Jan. 2022.

Inspired by turn-of-the-century circus productions, Circus 1903 includes world-class acrobats, trapeze artists and performers who perform in the ring. Circus 1903 has toured worldwide, including the Paris Theatre in Las Vegas.

The acts taking part include ringmaster Willy Whipsnade (David Williamson) who presides over the event, joined by puppet elephants Queenie and Peanut. New acts include 'The Russian Bar', performed by Ukraine trio Tymofii Chemko, Oleksii Balakhchy and Mykola Mykytchyn.

Acts returning include:

'The Daring Desafios' (João Guilherme de Lima Siqueira, Luan de Souza Vieira, Leonardo Louzada de Freitas and Vinicius Vasconcelos da Silveira
The Sensational Sozonov' (Mikhail Sozonov)
'The Cycling Cyclone' (Florian Blummel)
'The Elastic Dislocationist' (Senayet Asefa Amare)
'The Flying Fredonis' (Daria Shelest and Vadym Pankevych)
'Les Incredibles' (Olavo Rocha Muniz and Denise Torres de Souza)
'The Great Gaston' (Roberto Carlos)
'The Remarkable Risleys' (Abiy Saleamlak Negash and Seife Desta Buser)
'Mademoiselle Natalia' (Natalia Leontieva)
The Wheel of Death (Carlos Mayorga Macias, Mauricio Venegas Torres and Andres Felipe Daza Venegas)

In a review of Circus 1903, Will Longman said: "The circus is something that, when done well, can transcend taste; its human nature to marvel at mind-bending, seemingly impossible performances, no matter your age, background or ability...the tension and danger of Circus 1903 must make the heart feel like its run a marathon." 

Circus 1903 is at Royal Festival Hall from 16 December - 2 Jan. 2022.

Photo credit: Circus 1903 (Photo courtesy of Circus 1903)

Article Updated: 23 September 2021


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