The Circus has come to the city and in the comfort of the grand surroundings of the Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre in London we were transported to the Big Top.
Circus 1903 is a traditional circus with a wonderful Ringmaster, incredibly talented acts and even elephants (created by the puppeteers from War Horse). Circus 1903 was filled with thrilling family fun. There were heart-stopping moments, lots of laughs, astounding artistes and acrobats, all choreographed to create an exciting afternoon of entertainment.
The masterful Ringmaster Mr William Whipsnade (David Williamson) hosted the proceedings. The skilful showman added some magic that delighted the younger members of the audience and moments of absolute comedy gold, enjoyed by adults and children, when a wild raccoon appeared on stage.
The whole show was a nostalgic journey to circus of years gone by, beautifully produced with first-rate acts from acrobats to the juggler, the knife thrower to the hypnotically beautiful aerial hoop routine. The high wire and the balancing acts defied gravity and every wobble, falter and stumble drew us in further, willing the performers to perfection. The running order is subject to change but I was a little disappointed not to see Les Incredibles trapeze act on our particular visit. Still, even without the flying trapeze there was plenty to enjoy… I looked to my right to see my children, wide-eyed, watching the dangerous and death-defying swinging, leaping and twirling on stage. We gasped, held our breath, watched through our fingers, clapped and cheered.
Circus 1903 at the Southbank Centre in London runs until 5th January 2019, for more information or to book tickets visit southbankcentre.co.uk.