Circus 1903

Theatre, Circuses
circus 1903 The Golden Age of Circus 2016 Sydney Opera House hero image courtesy SOH
Photograph: Jose Leon

Magic meets puppets in this tribute to the 'Golden Age of Circus'

The makers of previous Sydney Opera House summer blockbusters The Illusionists and The Illusionists 1903 have teamed up with the puppeteers behind National Theatre's spectacular War Horse to create this new show with a circus focus.

Instead of giant mechanical horses on stage, it's elephants leading a line-up that includes acts from the circus's turn-of-the-century golden era – including juggling, hire wire, knife throwing and the rola-bola.

Ringmaster Willy Whipsnade will wrangle a cast of characters including the Great Gaston Juggler Extraordinaire, the Elastic Dislocationist, and the Cycling Cyclone.

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