performance & dance
family & young people

Circus 1903

Part of Winter

Experience the thrills and daredevil entertainment of a turn-of-the-century circus this Christmas.

Circus 1903 returns to Southbank Centre, with new acts for 2019 including the Brazilian Wheel of Death.

The show includes sensational life-sized elephants stunningly created by puppeteers from War Horse, putting elephants back in the ring as never before.

The circus boasts a huge cast of jaw-dropping and dangerous acts from all corners of the globe.

Featuring acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, trapeze and high-wire performers and more, this show captivates and transports audiences of all ages to the golden age of circus.

The Greatest Showman meets War Horse in a dazzling treat
The Express
highly entertaining ★★★★
Evening Standard
old-fashioned big-top fun ★★★★
The Telegraph
an excellent show for the whole family ★★★★
Broadway World

Dates & times

19 Dec 2019 - 5 Jan 2020
Approximate run time: 140 mins
Run times may vary, find out more


Royal Festival Hall


£29.50 - £125
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)
£29.50, £39.50, £49.50, £69.50, £99.50, £125


25% off (limited availability)
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need to know

Age recommendation
Circus 1903 is fun for all the family. As a note to anyone who wants to bring young children, the show is suitable for ages 3+. Babes-in-arms will not be admitted. All children must be old enough to occupy their own seats.

Safety information
Please note that the circus acts performed are carried out by professionals in a highly controlled environment and are not suitable to attempt at home.

Circus 1903 – Back in London for winter 2019

Take a look through 250 years of circus history with our interactive timeline