Ahead of touring the UK with My Beautiful Circus, Giffords Circus performed a show in the Sackler Courtyard at the  V&A Museum yesterday. 

Giffords Circus @ V&A 2. Photo Credit - Gem Hall
(c) Gem Hall. 

Yesterday both children and adults visiting the Victoria and Albert Museum got an unexpected surprise as the renowned Giffords Circus put on a show in Sackler Courtyard, V&A Museum, giving guests a taster of what to expect from their upcoming UK tour.

The performances took place to celebrate the 250th anniversary of circus, with the V&A set to display one of founder and producer Nell Gifford’s most iconic costumes, in the prestigious costume galleries for the next twelve months.

The company performed ahead of My Beautiful Circus touring across the UK later this year, opening on the 4th May at Fennells Farm, Stroud with an official press night  on Thursday 28 June at Chiswick House & Gardens, London.

My Beautiful Circus will feature some of the classical acts such as: death-defying acrobatics, enchanting domestic animals and fan-favourite of Giffords Circus comedic genius, Tweedy the clown.  Circus-goers can also  enjoy dining at Giffords exclusive rustic restaurant, Circus Sauce that tours with them.  Circus Sauce serves a set 3-course menu that changes weekly, using seasonal produce from the surrounding area.

Founder, and producer Nell Gifford said: “We are so thrilled to be taking part of the celebration of the 250th year of circus. Show director Cal McCrystal and I have been asking ourselves: What makes the circus so magnetic? What is conjured up by the word circus? Why do we want to run away with the circus? What would the most beautiful circus look like? I hope that next year’s show will answer all those questions and more.”

The tour dates for the production is as follows:

Friday 4 May – Monday 14 May
Fennells Farm, Stroud

Thursday 17 May – Monday 21 May
Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe

Thursday 25 May – Monday 4 June
Daylesford Organic Farm, Kingham

Thursday 7 June – Monday 11 June
Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

Thursday 14 June – Monday 25 June
Oxford University Parks, Oxford

Thursday 28 June – Monday 9 July
Chiswick House & Gardens, London

Thursday 12 July – Monday 16 July
Windsor Great Park, Berkshire

Thursday 19 July – Monday 23 July
Stonor Park, Henley on Thames

Thursday 26 July – Monday 6 August
Barrington, Burford

Thursday 9 August – Monday 13 August
Village Green, Frampton on Severn

Thursday 16 August – Tuesday 28 August
Minchinhampton Common, Gloucestershire

Thursday 31 August – Monday 10 September
Marlborough Common, Wiltshire

Thursday 13 September – Monday 24 September
Stratton Meadows, Cirencester

Thursday 27 September- Sunday 30 September
Fennells Farm, Stroud

For more information about My Beautiful Circus and to book tickets visit: www.giffordscircus.com

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