Circus 1903, London Theatre Production

Circus 1903 Tickets

Royal Festival Hall, London

Returning to London this Christmas

Experience all the thrills and daredevil entertainment of this spectacular turn-of-the-century circus.

Circus 1903 returns to London this Christmas with a jaw-dropping array array of outstanding performers from across the globe. This international circus phenomenon transports audiences of all ages to the mesmerising Golden Age of circus.

Watch as the sensational puppetry team behind the award-winning War Horse bring elephants to life on stage and acrobats, contortionists, knife throwers, jugglers, trapeze and high wire performers astound with their death-defying feats.

Circus 1903 is booking from 15 December 2022 until 1 January 2023 at the Eventim Apollo, London.

Who is in the cast of Circus 1903?

Ringmaster Willy Whipsnade (David Williamson) and his two loveable elephants take centre stage transporting audiences back to the wonders of the Golden Age of Circus. 

The acts joining Willy will be announced soon.


Reviews of Circus 1903

★★★★ "The Greatest Showman meets War Horse in a dazzling treat" - Daily Express
★★★★ "Big-top thrills with a new twist" - Evening Standard
★★★★ "All the gasp-inducing stunts of Cirque du Soleil, without the pseudo-cosmic gubbins" - The Times
★★★★ "Ringside magic, with comfier seats" - Daily Mail
★★★★  Average review score

Show Information

Age restrictions
Babies in arms are not permitted. All children attending must have their own ticket and be able to occupy their own seats. Not recommended for under 3’s
Running time
2 hours 20 minutes (including interval)
Performance dates
15 December 2022 - 1 January 2023
Performance days
Evenings: Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.


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Venue Information

Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1 8XX
Nearest Tube or Train: Embankment Station (District Line, Circle Line); Waterloo Station (Jubilee Line, Northern Line)
Nearest Buses: 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 521, X68, RV1
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Circus 1903 returns to London this Winter at the Eventim Apollo
Circus 1903 returns to London this Winter, playing at the newly refurbished Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith. Ringmaster Willy Whipsnade aka award winning magician David Williamson and his two loveable elephants take centre stage transporting audiences back to the wonders of the Golden Age of Circus.  Experience all the thrills and daredevil entertainment of a turn-of-the-century circus. With sensational puppetry from the award-winning team behind War Horse, alongside a huge cast of the most unique, jaw-dropping and surprising acts from all four corners of the globe – this is the Christmas show not to be missed. From contortionists, life size Elephant puppets, to acrobats, high wire and much more, Circus 1903 will astound, captivate, and transport audiences of all ages to the mesmerising Golden Age of circus.  Ringmaster David Williamson said “I’m beyond thrilled to be returning to London with Circus 1903 this holiday season. We will be bringing all of the pageantry and amusement to the fantastic Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith! I can’t wait to show off all of the new wonders we have in store!” Producer Michael Stevens said: "Circus 1903 is the perfect holiday show for families and we’re excited to bring it back to London bigger, brighter and better than ever in one of London’s greatest entertainment venues, the Eventim Apollo. We’re looking forward to thrilling even more people this Christmas with one of the most extraordinary shows on earth."  Queenie and Peanut, Elephant Puppets A full list of acts appearing at Circus 1903 will be revealed shortly. Circus 1903 tickets at the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith are on sale soon. Circus 1903 runs from 15 December 2022 until 1 January 2023 at the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, London.
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Circus 1903 at the Southbank Centre: line-up revealed
Circus 1903 reveals a world-class line-up for their 2021 Southbank Centre show arriving in London this December. Ringmaster Willy Whipsnade aka award winning magician David Williamson and his two loveable elephants take centre stage transporting audiences back to the wonders of the Golden Age of Circus.  Joining the Circus 1903 family adventure for the first time this year is 'The Russian Bar' (performed by Ukraine trioTymofii Chemko, Oleksii Balakhchy and Mykola Mykytchyn) which will entertain with exploits of equilibrium acrobatics in a delightful and delicate display unmatched on terra firma! These intrepid champions of balance and acrobatics are unrivalled, performing fearless feats of equilibristic exploits with courageous concentration and consummate composure. Queenie and Peanut, Elephant Puppets The show will also feature Brazilian teeterboard daredevils ‘The Daring Desafios’ (João Guilherme de Lima Siqueira, Luan de Souza Vieira, Leonardo Louzada de Freitas and Vinicius Vasconcelos da Silveira); legendary balancing act Rola Bola by ‘The Sensational Sozonov’ (performed by Russian artist Mikhail Sozonov); ‘The Cycling Cyclone’ (performed by German artist Florian Blummel); Ethiopian contortionist ‘The Elastic Dislocationist’ (Senayet Asefa Amare); aerial artist duo ‘The Flying Fredonis’ (performed by Russian artists Daria Shelest and Vadym Pankevych) and; the Russian Cradle featuring breath-taking performances from ‘Les Incredibles’ (Olavo Rocha Muniz and Denise Torres de Souza); and mind-bending juggler ‘The Great Gaston’ (Roberto Carlos). Dizzying Ethiopian duo ‘The Remarkable Risleys’ (Abiy Saleamlak Negash and Seife Desta Buser) will bring their Icarian Games act and finally the furious flexible feats of Russian Rolling Ball Hula Hoopist ‘Mademoiselle Natalia’ (Natalia Leontieva). The ginormous rotating fearsome The Wheel of Death will also return for 2021. See Colombian trio Carlos Mayorga Macias, Mauricio Venegas Torres and Andres Felipe Daza Venegas carry out eye-popping acrobatic skills whilst the wheel is rotating. Circus 1903 tickets at Southbank Centre are now on sale. Circus 1903 is booking from 16 December 2021 until 2 January 2022 at the Southbank Centre, London.

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