Roll up, roll up! Zippos Circus is back in Guildford at Bannister’s Field, Ashenden Road GU2 7UN, from Thursday to Tuesday, October 11 to 16.
The spectacular show is part of its 2018 nationwide big top tour presenting ‘Legacy’ celebrating the 250th anniversary of circus entertainment.
Expect a spectacle like no other as extraordinary equestrians, astonishing acrobats, comical clowns and dashing daredevils join together in the ring to pay homage to Englishman and charismatic impresario Philip Astley, who invented the worldwide sensation that is circus in London in 1768.
Audiences can expect to see some of the amazing horse acts which thrilled the public in Georgian times, now performed by master equestrians The Khadikov Riders. Their astonishing repertoire will include the recreation of a rarely seen and daring equestrian act called ‘The Courier of Saint Petersburg’ which audiences have marvelled at for generations.
The electrifying cast also introduces timeless comics – modern clown Totti with his wife Charlotte, herself a traditional white face clown from Belgium; and Brazilian Capoeira comic acrobat Paulo Dos Santos – a brilliant 3ft 11in showman who starred most recently at Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey.
Dos Santos won first place in Brazil’s National Capoeira Championships and his antics will incorporate elements of Capoeira (a Brazilian mixed martial art combining music, dance and acrobatics) into the show.
Another sure fire hit of the show is daredevil Pablo who performs high in the big top with wife Vicky atop a dazzling space rocket; plus Cuban acrobats the Hermansito Troupe, showing off their springboard and Russian bar skills.
Perhaps most daring of all will be Alex Michael, the fearless Brazilian aerialist who swings and walks upside down 30 feet above the audience with no safety nets or wires.
The future of circus is not forgotten at Zippos Circus, in the form of The Garcia Brothers, the young sons of Pablo and Vicky, who will end each show with their extraordinary hand balancing skills.
‘Legacy’ is presented by the world’s most famous Ringmaster Norman Barrett MBE, who will also welcome back his colourful fun-loving budgies, a perennial hit among children and adults alike.
Go to www.zippos.co.uk for details of the shows and for booking tickets, or call 0871 210 2100.