Acrobats springboard to success
PUBLISHED: 14:45 24 January 2008 | UPDATED: 15:38 11 May 2010
YOU won t quite believe your eyes as the Great Moscow State Circus comes to town with a new show. Russia s greatest circus performers will be in the ring at the Cambridge Corn Exchange next week. The newly devised show includes a springboard troupe who w
YOU won't quite believe your eyes as the Great Moscow State Circus comes to town with a new show.
Russia's greatest circus performers will be in the ring at the Cambridge Corn Exchange next week.
The newly devised show includes a springboard troupe who will be catapulting themselves across the stage and some breathtaking balancing acts which defy gravity and the laws of physics!
There will also be illusionists, clowns, jugglers and trapeze artists.
The modern circus was started in London in 1768 by Philip Astley and quickly became a major form if entertainment across the world.
The enviable reputation of Russian circus is based on 200 years of tradition.
Catherine the Great invited the English trick rider and impresario Charles Hughes - Astley's rival - to set up a riding school in St Petersburg, and the circus quickly spread.
State circus schools were set up in Moscow and other major cities, making the Russian circus develop in quality and on a scale far superior to other countries.
The circus paid its first visit to Britain in 1956 and it rapidly became a highly successful cultural export.
Now the great performers are back in the UK with a never seen before show likely to take your breath away.
The Great Moscow State Circus will leap to the Corn Exchange from January 29-February 3
Times vary and tickets cost £15-20.
For more information, or to buy tickets, contact the box office on 01223 357851.