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Circus, Thu 12 - Sun 15 Jul 2018, £3-£12

Chapelfield Summer Circus

Chapelfield Summer Circus


Some of the best circus shows from around the world are coming to Norwich this summer to mark 250 years of circus. Chapelfield Summer Circus big top will be in Chapelfield Gardens from 11 to 15 July.

Norfolk based Lost in Translation Circus have hand picked a selection of international contemporary circus shows, all appearing in Norwich for the first time. All daytime and early evening shows are suitable for family audiences while late night cabaret on Friday and Saturday evenings will be for over 16’s only.

Fauna (Thursday 12 July 8pm) is a multi-award winning show, by the company of the same name, that has thrilled audiences around the world. Five international performers balance, tumble, jump and fly, transforming their bodies into spiders, lemurs, tree frogs and birds of paradise to highlight the similarities between human movement and animal behaviour. Accompanied by live music, this unique presentation was described by London’s Evening Standard as ‘like David Attenborough in tights and leotards – great fun’.

Amazingly, Lost in Translation’s world conquering The Hogwallops has never been performed in the company’s adopted home city. Now the ‘good old fashioned contemporary circus’ troupe bring their loud and funny dramatisation of the domestic adventures of a chaotic family to Norwich for the first time. Blending thrillingly spectacular circus skills, physical comedy and slapstick this is a fantastic family show. Inspired by Roald Dahl’s The Twits, the show includes thrills, gasps, laughs and drama aplenty for both adults and children to enjoy. See it at 7pm on Friday 13 July and 2.30pm Saturday 14 July.

Leading Australian company Casus bring their breakthrough show Knee Deep (Saturday 14 July 7pm) for its Norwich debut. Now in its 7th wildly successful year, Knee Deep sees four performers explore the boundaries of strength and fragility. Bodies are pushed and pulled, eggs are weighed and tested, unlikely bonds are forged and acts of intimacy share space with thrilling physical feats.

Late nights on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 July will find circus thrills strictly for adults. Circus Cabaret Lates will feature a spectacular line-up showcasing circus, variety, comedy, burlesque and music from renowned and celebrated performers from around the world. The shows will be compered by Abigail Collins who has has guested in late-night cabaret sensation La Clique and performed as far afield as Australia, Brazil, Colombia and Japan.

Over the weekend a programme of daytime outdoor circus fun will include drop-in workshops and circus skills instruction for all ages.

The final performance on Sunday 15 July sees Norwich’s Oak Circus Centre present a Community Cabaret. Students alongside circus professionals will demonstrate their skills in thrills, spills, daring trapeze, juggling and more.

Chapelfield Summer Circus follows this year’s Lord Mayor’s Celebration, which will lead Norwich’s Circus250 extravaganza. Prior to the circus themed Lord Mayor’s Procession on Saturday 7 July, there will be a parade on the evening of Friday 6 July featuring a herd of life size elephant puppets. Accompanied by troupes of acrobats, jugglers and other brightly costumed performers, the Elephant’s Parade will wind from Goal Hill through to the circus big top in Chapelfield Gardens. Here a thrilling world of side shows, a funfair and live music welcomes the circus to town. The parade will recreate the practice of years gone by when visiting circus companies would parade their animals and performers through the streets to announce their arrival.

Circus250 is the year-long, countrywide celebration that marks the 250th anniversary of the first circus ever. All over the UK and Ireland contemporary and traditional circuses, museums, festivals, churches, theatres and archives will be celebrating the anniversary with performance, exhibitions, concerts and events. Norwich and Great Yarmouth have been jointly selected to be one of the six designated UK ‘Cities of Circus’ that will provide the main focus of the celebrations in Britain.

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Dates Times
Thu 12 - Sun 15 Jul 2018


Full price tickets £12, concessions £7.50 - for all shows except Oak Circus Community Cabaret which is £5/£3.

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Thu 12 - Sun 15 Jul Chapelfield Summer Circus


Norwich Arts Centre



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