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

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

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

Shaolin Warriors, Chinese State 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.

Chinese State Circus: Dynasty

30 Chinese acrobats, aerial artists, and jugglers present a new circus show for 2016, Dynasty.

Chingford Plain Car Park, London E4

Sun 30 Apr

£10–£28 / 020 8532 1010

Mon 1 May

£10–£28 / 020 8532 1010

Crown Meadow, Evesham

Wed 3 May

£10–£28 / 0844 4155228

Thu 4 May

£10–£28 / 0844 4155228

Fri 5 May

£10–£28 / 0844 4155228

…and 2 more dates until 7 May

The Quarry Park, Shrewsbury

Wed 17 May

Times to be confirmed / £12–£28 (Children £10–£24)

Thu 18 May

Times to be confirmed / £12–£28 (Children £10–£24)

Fri 19 May

Times to be confirmed / £12–£28 (Children £10–£24)

…and 2 more dates until 21 May

Also at:

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 Guildhall, Portsmouth

Wed 29 Nov

£18–£26 / 023 9282 4355

Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone

Wed 15 Nov

£19.50–£30.50 / 01303 228600

The Pavilion, Exmouth

Fri 28 Jul

£19.80 / 01395 222477

Also at:

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.

Hoglands Park, Southampton

Sun 30 Apr

Mon 1 May

Tue 2 May

…and 5 more dates until 7 May

Hunston Car Boot Site (Spring Field), Chichester

Wed 10 May

£16–£28

Thu 11 May

£16–£28

Fri 12 May

£16–£28

…and 2 more dates until 14 May

Paignton Green Seafront

Tue 1 Aug

Wed 2 Aug

Thu 3 Aug

…and 23 more dates until 29 Aug

Also at:

Moscow State Circus: Gostinitsa

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

Cardiff City Stadium

Wed 10 May

Prices to be confirmed

Thu 11 May

Prices to be confirmed

Fri 12 May

Prices to be confirmed

…and 2 more dates until 14 May

Cheltenham Racecourse

Wed 17 May

£12–£36 / 01242 513014

Thu 18 May

£12–£36 / 01242 513014

Fri 19 May

£12–£36 / 01242 513014

…and 2 more dates until 21 May

Lower Fairground Site, Hampstead

Wed 27 Sep

£12–£36

Thu 28 Sep

£12–£36

Fri 29 Sep

£12–£36

…and 2 more dates until 1 Oct

Also at:

Planet Circus

Big top shenanigans to thrill all the family, including motorbike stunts, clowns and aerial and high wire antics.

DW Stadium, Wigan

Sun 30 Apr

£8–£15 / 01942 774000

Mon 1 May

£8–£15 / 01942 774000

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.

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