The circus has come to town in a way unseen since the turn of the century!
Circus 1903 brings the magic of old world circus to the stage of Melbourne’s gorgeous Regent Theatre complete with acrobatics, contortionists, juggling, high wire acts and plenty of humour. We were invited to the opening night and the kids (7 and 4) were amazed, entertained and completely inspired by the performance and I am so pleased they got to see it.
While the show delivers many marvellous tricks the undeniable highlight is the breathtaking double act of mother elephant and calf. Yes, elephants have returned to the circus! The puppeteers behind ‘War Horse’ have outdone themselves with these enormous puppets that not only look like elephants but move exactly like their muses. They absolutely come to life. The kids in the audience were delighted, as were the adults!
A ringmaster with the charm and wit of an old time travelling salesman ties the acts together seamlessly.
Circus 1903 has the costumes, stage design and music of stage show and the amazing feats of a circus. It’s a blend that works remarkably well and makes for a great show to take the kids along to.
It may well have been opening night jitters in the ticket box but note it did take rather a long time to pick up tickets so do allow plenty of time. We arrived half an hour before the show and only just made it to our seats in time. The theatre is gorgeous so having extra time to explore would only be a bonus anyway.
Circus 1903 is in town for 10 days only and tickets are available online now.
Thanks to Kelly Devoil, blogger and mum of two, for the guest post. You can follow Kelly’s adventures at Melbourne Minor, a parent and carer’s guide to arts, culture and quirk in Melbourne.
- The Regent Theatre is located on Collins Street right by City Square. It is best accessed by tram with a stop 100m from the door that is within the free tram zone.
- Photography is strictly prohibited during the show but there are some cute photo op boards dotted around.