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.

The Core At Corby Cube

Fri 9 Nov


  • 19:30

Globe Theatre, Blackpool

Fri 26 Oct


Sat 27 Oct


Mon 29 Oct


…and 2 more dates until 31 Oct

Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Newcastle upon Tyne

Fri 18 Jan 2019

£18–£27 / 0844 493 9999

Also at:

Cirque Berserk

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

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Mon 23 Jul


Tue 24 Jul


Wed 25 Jul


Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Thu 26 Jul

£17.70–£27.45 / 02476 553055

Fri 27 Jul

£17.70–£27.45 / 02476 553055

Sat 28 Jul

£17.70–£27.45 / 02476 553055

Darlington Hippodrome

Tue 17 Jul

£13.95–£28.95 / 01325 486555

Wed 18 Jul

£13.95–£28.95 / 01325 486555

Thu 19 Jul

£13.95–£28.95 / 01325 486555

…and 3 more dates until 22 Jul

Also at:

Moscow State Circus: Gostinitsa

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

Harewood House, Leeds

Thu 23 Aug

£8–£36 / 0113 218 1000

  • 19:45 – 21:45

Fri 24 Aug

£8–£36 / 0113 218 1000

  • 17:00 – 21:45

Sat 25 Aug

£8–£36 / 0113 218 1000

  • 14:00 – 21:45
…and 3 more dates until 28 Aug

Leith Links, Edinburgh

Fri 29 Jun

Sat 30 Jun

Lossie Green, Elgin

Thu 5 Jul


Fri 6 Jul


Sat 7 Jul


…and 3 more dates until 10 Jul

Also at:

Planet Circus

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

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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