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How like an Angel - Barbican

This is the first collaboration between UK-based vocal ensemble I Fagiolini and Australian company Circa. The vertiginous show sees six acrobats/dancers/people with far too much upper body strength descend and contort between the roof and stage, accompanied by live spiritual music. It’s choral chorus clashing with contemporary circus, completely unique and totally ace.  

£20, Jun 25-28, Tue & Thu 9pm;
Wed & Fri 8pm & 10pm 
Silk St, EC2Y 8DS  
Tube | Barbican  
barbican.org.uk

 

Cirque du Soleil: Alegria in London - Across London

'Alegria’ means joy or happiness in Spanish, and you’ll not find a more fitting word to describe this, one of the famed Canadian circus and performance company’s early shows (it premiered in 1994).

There will be acrobats, knife throwers, fire jugglers, as well as loads of clowns and musicians, wrapped up in a powerhouse, sensory overloading show themed around the energy of youth, stuffed to the brim with wow-factor stunts and skill. If proof were needed for why Soleil is one of the world’s biggest circus acts, you’d find it here. An utterly joyous, arty spectacle.

£45+, Jul 18-21. Times vary 
The O2, SE10 0DX  
Tube | North Greenwich  
theo2.co.uk 

Jul 24-28.
Times vary Wembley Arena, HA9 0AA  
Tube | Wembley Park  
wembleyarena.co.uk 

 

Twisted Circus Bank Holiday Special - Holborn

Fire breathers, snake charmers, stilt walkers and contortionists entertain at this mega-party, also kicking out two rooms of music, from Nineties and club classics to house.   

£10+, May 26, 9pm 
Bloomsbury Ballroom, WC1B 4DA  
Tube | Holborn 
xclusivetouch.fatsoma.com 

 

Boom & Bang Circus - Leicester Square

Burlesque star Kitty Bang Bang (The Hurly Burly Show) and cabaret producer Bioux Lee Hayes (Boom Boom Club) bring you this new night of circus cabaret and sideshow freakery. Cheeky. 

£10+, Thur & Fri, 11pm 
Hippodrome Casino, WC2H 7JH 
Tube | Leicester Square  
hippodromecasino.com

Twisted Voodoo - Central London

This weekly dinner and show (dinner optional) features belly dancers, fire breathers, and intimidating strong men in an extreme circus experience. For those looking for a little ‘down time’ amidst the body-challenging carnage, there are also burlesque acts to add seductiveness to the evening.

This week’s acts are Abi Collins, Leah Debrincat, Pizie Le Knot, Missy Fatale, Jolie Pappilon and Missy Macabre.

£20, Thursdays, from 6.30pm 
Proud Cabaret, EC3R 7AH  
Tube | Monument  
proudcabaretcity.com

 

Cirque Alfonse: Timber! - South Bank

Canadian circus family Cirque Alfonse – the line-up stretches from a toddler to the 66-year-old grandfather – are coming to London with brand new show Timber!, guaranteed to make you look totally differently at the lumberjack community.

Juggling chainsaws and axes, gravity-defying stunts, dance, folklore storytelling and traditional music (think harps, banjos and the like) – this is the men of the mountain in ways you never imagined possible. 

£32, Jul 10-31, 7.30pm 
Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX 
Tube | Waterloo 
southbankcentre.co.uk

 

Photos: Chris Taylor; Steve Ullathorne; David Solm


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