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. Tickets.

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 Circus 1903’s arrival in London a brand new trailer has been released today (

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 Tickets
Royal Festival Hall
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XX

Wednesday 19 December – 5 January

Wednesday 19 December 3pm & 7.30pm
Thursday 20 December 3pm & 7.30pm
Friday 21 December 3pm & 7.30pm
Saturday 22 December 11am, 3pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 23 December 3pm & 7.30pm
Wednesday 26 December 3pm
Thursday 27 December 11am, 3pm & 7.30pm
Friday 28 December 11am, 3pm & 7.30pm
Saturday 29 December 11am, 3pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 30 December 11am & 3pm
Tuesday 1 January 3pm
Wednesday 2 January 3pm & 7.30pm
Thursday 3 January 3pm & 7.30pm
Friday 4 January 3pm & 7.30pm
Saturday 5 January 3pm & 7.30pm

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