The circus comes to town

Circus has always been a family tradition for us. We used to go every year to see Zippos when my kids were young, with additional trips to big shows such as the Moscow State Circus and the Chinese State Circus, so I consider myself something of a circus aficionado.

I say with some confidence then that Giffords Circus is unique and their 2018 show My Beautiful Circus is really good fun.

In the last couple of years Giffords has become a regular fixture in the Chiswick social calendar. Based on a farm in Stroud in Gloucestershire, Chiswick is their only London venue, so we are privileged to have a show which is zany, funny, clever, and beautifully structured and choreographed by Cal McCrystal (whose credits include Iolanthe at The ENO, Paddington, Paddington 2 and One Man Two Guvnors with James Corden), showcasing all the talents you would expect – juggling, acrobatics, performing ponies, music and clowning – on our doorstep.

The opening night in the grounds of Chiswick House has become the press night for the launch of each year’s new show. Hence the presence of celebs Jennifer Saunders and Adrian Edmonson, designer Vivienne Westwood and actress Anna Friel when the show opened last Thursday. The circus is in Chiswick until Monday 9 July but tickets sell out fast.

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