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.

Circus of Horrors: Voodoo

After taking to the road over 22 years ago and touring all over the world the phenomenon returns with its latest brand new incarnation: Voodoo.

Beck Theatre, Hayes

Tue 20 Nov

£23.50 / 020 8561 8371

Caird Hall, Dundee

Fri 22 Feb 2019

£22–£26 / 01382 434940

The Coliseum Theatre, Aberdare

Sat 9 Feb 2019

£22 / 0800 014 7111

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…and at 25 other places

Moscow State Circus: Gostinitsa

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

Central Park, Plymouth

Fri 5 Oct


Sat 6 Oct


Sun 7 Oct


…and 12 more dates until 21 Oct

Clapham Common, London SW4

Tue 23 Oct


Wed 24 Oct


Thu 25 Oct


…and 3 more dates until 28 Oct

Curraheen Show Grounds, Cork

Sat 22 Sep

Sun 23 Sep

Mon 24 Sep

…and 5 more dates until 30 Sep

Planet Circus

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

Cirque Berserk

  • 4 stars

A large-scale family circus show with jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, musicians and stuntmen.

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.

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.

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