This Christmas will see the European premiere of Circus 1903 at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall (19 December – 5 January). From the producers of the world’s biggest magic show, The Illusionists and the award-winning puppeteers who created War Horse, the internationally acclaimed turn-of-the-century family spectacular arrives in London fresh from the Paris Theatre in Las Vegas.
This year marks 250 years since the world’s first ever 42ft circus ring was laid down on an abandoned patch of land in Waterloo by the ‘father of modern circus’ Philip Astley. To celebrate the American company’s arrival in London a brand new has been released.
Circus 1903 includes stunningly created, larger-than-life puppet elephants alongside a huge cast of the most unique, amazing and dangerous circus acts. From acrobats to contortionists, jugglers to trapeze, high wire performers and much more, this show will amaze, captivate, and transport audiences of all ages to the mesmerising Golden Age of Circus.
Circus 1903 is fun for all the family. For anyone who wants to bring young children, the show is suitable for ages 3+ and all children must be old enough to occupy their own seats. The show is part of the festive fun ongoing at the Southbank Centre during the holiday period. Take part in free performances, workshops and family activities throughout December, with storytelling, dancing, music and crafts for all ages. As darkness falls, be entertained by sparkling comedy and cabaret nights. Eat, drink and be merry beside the River Thames with the return of the enchanting Winter Market and pop-ups, offering the very best in global street food, craft beers, cocktails, artisan gifts and more. Families can also see Rumpelstiltskin, a fantastic fairy tale with theatrical spectacle, rocking music and supreme silliness.
19 December – 5 January
Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX