Circus 1903 is coming to town!

Roll up, roll up the circus is coming to town! Boasting jaw-dropping acts from across the globe Circus 1903 transports audiences both young and old back to the golden age of circus, where ringmaster Willy Whipsnape and his travelling troop both thrill and delight with their mindbogglingly brilliant talents.

Circus 1903 is big, bold and utterly brilliant, introducing audiences to a whole host of world-class performers as well as the breathtakingly beautiful Queenie and baby Peanut, stunning life-size elephants created by the talented team behind the incredible Warhorse puppetry.


Mesmerising audiences from New York’s Madison Square Garden’s to Sydeny’s iconic Opera House, Circus 1903 arrives at The Lowry on Tuesday 13th November for one week only ahead of a festive season on London’s Southbank.

Ringmaster Willy Whipsnape (award-winning Magician David Williamson) makes for a wonderful atmosphere controller, whipping the audience into a frenzy of giggles, hurling popcorn through the air before we’re even been introduced to any of the acts. He is witty, sharp and incredibly likeable commanding attention from even the youngest of circus goers and guaranteeing a good time will be had by all in this Big-Top bonanza.


Once the acts begin it’s a non-stop feast of hairy high-wire, death-defying wizardry. ‘The Sensational Sozonov’ (Russian Mikhail Sozonov and Ukrainian Ievgeniia Fetkulova) deliver the legendary balancing act Rola Bola with flair and impressive ease, an eye-watering routine from Ethiopian contortionist, ‘The Elastic Dislocationist’ (Senayet Asefa Amare) sees audiences firmly squirming in their seat while daring duo Russian artists Dasha Shelest and Vadym Pankevych aka ‘The Flying Fredonis’ perform the most incredible ariel act that leaves the audiences audibly gasping at their astonishing skill.

Ringmaster Willy offers the audience moments to catch their breath in between acts with entertaining delivery of traditional circus tricks and interactive games which the lucky children selected absolutely delight in then it’s back on with the show for more thrills and spills from the internationally acclaimed cast.


The Great Gaston’ (François Borie) is a juggling genius, just when you think he couldn’t possibly push it further he cranks it up another level. While Les Incredibles’ (Ivan Formichev and Maria Boldyreva) artistry and athleticism needs to be seen to be believed.

The sensational set design from Todd Edwards Ivins combined with intricate costume design from internationally renowned designer Angela Aaron really does give Circus 1903 an authentic as well as celebratory feel. Add to this superb lighting design from Paul Smith plus a wonderfully atmposheric score from Evan Jolly and you really have the recipe for a stunning piece of entertainment.


Circus 1903 has to be seen to be believed, two hours of pure wonderment lie in store at this magical meeting of the wild and the wonderful. Catch it at The Lowry from Tuesday 19th November tickets available





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