Big top brings new show and illusions

The Moscow State Circus will perform new tricks
The Moscow State Circus will perform new tricks
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Be amazed by small tricks of the eye or illusions that seem like death defying stunts.

Or you could be laughing in your seat as clumsy clowns trip over one another – it’s the Moscow State Circus, which will be arriving on Southsea Common from Wednesday, August 22 until Sunday, September 2.

The new show by the circus is entitled Babushkin Sekret, which is inspired by the story of 12 chairs.

In Soviet Russia in 1927, a former member of nobility works as a desk clerk until his grandmother reveals on her deathbed that her family jewellery had been hidden from the Bolsheviks in one of the 12 chairs from the family’s dining room set.

The desk clerk, played by Valerik and his sidekick Valik, become treasure hunters and the Bolsheviks try to track down the chairs.

The newly devised show includes the queen of Russian circus, Yana Alievia, on a revolving aerial chandelier, the Stalkions (three men and two girls walk, back flip and perform pyramids 30 feet in the air) and the Whirlwind Rubsovsm troupe, who acrobatically catapult themselves high into the roof of the arena.

You can pre-book tickets for one of the evenings from Ticketmaster on (0844) 856 5555, or you can buy them on the door on the night.