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The Great Moscow Circus Back in SA

The Great Moscow Circus Back in SA

Dec 2016

The world-famous Great Moscow Circus is returning to South Africa this year with an all-new, sensational, two-hour World Premiere program – featuring more than 65 circus superstars. 

Russia’s most-famous calling card, the Great Moscow Circus is coming at a cost of R80 million, with breathtaking, affordable, family entertainment, capturing all the thrills and fun of the circus of yesteryear with all the skill and daring of today’s circus heroes. 

The Great Moscow Circus will open its South African season at Johannesburg’s Montecasino on 22 December, before setting off to tour South Africa visiting Nelspruit, Bloemfontein, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.

It will perform in its spectacular Big Top Tent, air-conditioned with individual chair seating, creating a traditional European atmosphere where the audience will never be more than 11 metres from the action!

"Don’t miss The Great Moscow Circus," says Executive Producer, Fred Hunter. "It’s full of wonder and delights – comedy, daring, finely honed skills and death-defying talent -- circus mega-stars in a massive two-hour programme that will leave you breathless."

Featuring more than 18 thrilling acts, including the best from Russia and the cream of the international circus world, the Great Moscow Circus brings with it more than 100 tonnes of equipment.

It will perform every possible circus favourite – the funniest clowns, the most-daring acrobats, death-defying daredevils, aerial artists, balancers, showgirls and much more – all supported by a live circus band and under the fabulous 1,700 all-chair seating, mighty Great Moscow Circus Big Top tent. The show contains no animal acts.

Back by popular demand is ringmaster, Stanislav "Stas" Knyazkov, fresh from a US season with Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey, where he was an audience favourite.

SA Patrons are advised to book early as The Great Moscow Circus sold out quickly on its previous South African tour. Ticket prices start at R195 per person.

"You have never seen anything like this before. It is so spectacular and so thrilling, offering edge-of-your-seat entertainment for the whole family. There is only one truly great circus and it’s The Great Moscow Circus," Fred Hunter says. He adds: "When The Great Moscow Circus last toured South Africa it received numerous rave reviews and was seen by more than 300,000 people."

Debbie Combrink, Marketing Manager, Montecasino, welcomed The Great Moscow Circus back to South Africa: "Montecasino is very excited that The Great Moscow Circus will be back to our property.

It is world-renowned as the most-traditional and authentic circus. It is the perfect fit for Montecasino’s world class family entertainment offering – and it promises to be bigger and better than ever before", she said.

The Great Moscow Circus is brought to South Africa by Theatre Tours International, who has brought South Africa shows of the calibre of the St Petersburg Ballet Theatre which plays to sold-out houses and earns rave reviews the world over.

It offers the best acts from Russia and the world, handpicked by producer Andrew Guild, who has been involved with the production of ballet, circus, classical music, folkdance, ice spectaculars and a whole lot more for more than 40 years.

During Soviet times, Andrew made more than 250 visits to Moscow and travelled extensively throughout Russia and the Soviet states. A fluent Russian speaker, married to a former Russian ballerina, he has toured more than 7,000 performers in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and the UK. He has used this experience to find the very best acts to star in The Great Moscow Circus tour of South Africa.

Fred Hunter is well-known for his commitment to bringing world-class entertainment to South Africa, running previous tours of the Great Moscow Circus, the St Petersburg Ballet Theatre, as well as other shows such as the South African Military Tattoo.

It takes a massive team to bring a major international circus tour to South Africa. The show producers are delighted to confirm that the 65 Russian and international stars will be joined by an equal number of South Africans creating direct and indirect employment as The Great Moscow Circus hits the road.

Booking opens on Monday 29 August at Computicket outlets nationally. Ticket prices range from just R150 to R595 per person. 
Call 0861 915 8000 or book online at

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