Best circus shows touring the UK, from Chinese State Circus to Cirque Berserk

Best circus shows touring the UK, from Chinese State Circus to Cirque Berserk

Shaolin Warriors, Chinese State Circus

We round-up the best shows that will make you want to run away and join the circus

The circus is coming to town. Well, a lot of different circuses are coming to a lot of different towns, actually, and we've picked out some of the best, which have everything from motorcycle stunts to aerial acrobatics.

Chinese State Circus Dynasty
30 world-class Chinese acrobats, aerial artists, and jugglers make up the internationally-acclaimed Chinese State Circus troupe. Their latest show, Dynasty, features acrobatics in its purest form: no gimmicks or tricks, just supreme physical skill and a mastery of martial arts, as acrobats, aerial artists, and jugglers interact with the legendary Shaolin Warriors.
Chinese State Circus, touring the UK until Dec 2016.

Planet Circus
If you like motorbike stunts, clowns and aerial antics, this is the show for you. This family circus specialises in stunt action. The starring act is Team Brazil in the Splitting Globe of Death, which features eight motorcyclists zooming around inside a steel cage at over 60mph.
Planet Circus, Circus Site, Nottingham, Tue 8–Sun 20 Nov.

Moscow State Circus: 7 Zhelaniy
The internationally-acclaimed troupe presents a new show, based on the Russian folklore story of Cvetik-Semicvetik, or 'the flower with seven colours'. Acts include a 13-person springboard troupe, a high wire ballerina and performative rollerskaters.
Moscow State Circus, StarCity, Birmingham, Tue 20 Dec–Sun 8 Jan 2017.

Cirque Berserk
This large-scale family circus show has it all: aerialists, acrobats, dancers, musicians, jugglers and stuntmen. Look out for Hercules the strongman and Tweedy the clown.
Cirque Berserk, touring until Mar 2017.

The Circus of Horrors: The Never Ending Nightmare

The troupe celebrates its 21st anniversary with its latest spectacular featuring an amalgamation of bizarre, brave and beautiful acts all woven into an Alice in Horrorland type story driven by a mainly original soundscape.

Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy

Mon 19 Feb 2018

£24 / 01592 583302

Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen

Fri 16 Feb 2018

£19–£30 / 01224 647647

Cambridge Corn Exchange

Mon 29 Jan 2018

£22–£26 / 01223 357851

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…and at 46 other places

Cirque Berserk

A large-scale family circus show with jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, musicians and stuntmen. Highlights include Hercules the strongman, award-winning clown Tweedy and a hair-raising motorcycle routine from Globe of Death.

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Wed 28 Mar 2018

£22.50–£28.50; £22.50–£28.50; £22.50–£28.50 (£20.50–£26.50; Children £17.50 under 18s; Children £17.50 under 18s; Children £17.50 under 18s) / 020 3285 6000

  • 19:30

Thu 29 Mar 2018

£22.50–£28.50; £22.50–£28.50; £22.50–£28.50 (£20.50–£26.50; Children £17.50 under 18s; Children £17.50 under 18s; Children £17.50 under 18s) / 020 3285 6000

  • 19:30

Fri 30 Mar 2018

£22.50–£28.50; £22.50–£28.50; £22.50–£28.50 (£20.50–£26.50; Children £17.50 under 18s; Children £17.50 under 18s; Children £17.50 under 18s) / 020 3285 6000

  • 17:00
  • 19:30
…and 3 more dates until 2 Apr 2018

King's Theatre, Glasgow

Thu 7 Jun 2018

£15–£30 / 0844 871 7648

Fri 8 Jun 2018

£15–£30 / 0844 871 7648

Sat 9 Jun 2018

£15–£30 / 0844 871 7648

New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Wed 14 Mar 2018

£15–£30 / 0870 607 7533

Thu 15 Mar 2018

£15–£30 / 0870 607 7533

Fri 16 Mar 2018

£15–£30 / 0870 607 7533

…and 2 more dates until 18 Mar 2018

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Moscow State Circus: Gostinitsa

The internationally-acclaimed Russian circus troupe returns with ever more impressive acrobatics, clowning and aerial feats.

Forest Recreation Ground, Nottingham

Wed 28 Mar 2018

£12–£36

Thu 29 Mar 2018

£12–£36

Fri 30 Mar 2018

£12–£36

…and 9 more dates until 8 Apr 2018

Lincolnshire Show Ground

Tue 10 Apr 2018

£12–£36 / 01522 522900

Wed 11 Apr 2018

£12–£36 / 01522 522900

Thu 12 Apr 2018

£12–£36 / 01522 522900

…and 3 more dates until 15 Apr 2018

Lossie Green, Elgin

Thu 5 Jul 2018

£12–£36

Fri 6 Jul 2018

£12–£36

Sat 7 Jul 2018

£12–£36

…and 3 more dates until 10 Jul 2018

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Planet Circus

Big top shenanigans to thrill all the family, including motorbike stunts, clowns and aerial and high wire antics. (No animals.)

Circus Site, Nottingham

Sun 17 Dec

£6.99–£15

Christmas spectacular.

Mon 18 Dec

£6.99–£15

Christmas spectacular.

Tue 19 Dec

£6.99–£15

Christmas spectacular.

…and 18 more dates until 7 Jan 2018

Chinese State Circus: Dynasty

The Chinese State Circus present a new production for 2017, Dynasty. Thirty world-class Chinese acrobats, aerial artists and jugglers are joined by the masters of martial arts, the legendary Shaolin Warriors, for a thrilling show of acrobatics.

Gerry Cottle's Circus

The traditional big top show brings the thrills and spills again, with 50 acts, including illusionists, skaters, clowns, bike tricks and much more.

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