Circus 1903 at Arts Centre Melbourne

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Following a spectacular return season at the Sydney Opera House, the cast of Circus 1903 are making their way to Arts Centre Melbourne, bringing the best acts  of death defying feats and human endeavour from across the globe.

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With a line-up of 22 performers – from Sweden, Ukraine, Ethiopia, Spain and more – Circus 1903 has all the grandeur and timeless appeal of the Golden Age circuses, including strongmen, a mindboggling contortionist, trapeze and hair hang acts that demonstrate a mastery of the air.

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The award-winning team behind The Illusionists and international sensation War Horse invite audiences to witness the Golden Age of circus with their mesmerising, Circus 1903 at Arts Centre Melbourne’s State Theatre from 4–14 January 2024. Alongside the spectacular stunts and death-defying acts, the show features majestic elephants which are brought to life by breath-taking puppetry.

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Today the Toorak Times was invited to attend the final dress rehearsal of this amazing production and we immediately tasked our lead photographer, Lord Murray Schoorman of Peak Hour Images to attend and cover this story. All images featured here by @peakhourimages

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Circus 1903 brings together remarkable talents from every corner of the globe, from daredevil acrobats to mind-boggling contortionists, the captivating Russian Swing to the thrilling aerial acts, Circus 1903 will surprise and delight audiences of all ages.

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“It is a delight to be collaborating with Arts Centre Melbourne in presenting the world’s best family entertainment for our 10th summer season. From its Melbourne debut at Regent Theatre in 2016, like many of our shows before, Circus 1903 has enjoyed huge international success due to its broad audience appeal, high production values boasting all the thrills and spills of a grand big top circus, set in the comfort of an iconic venue”, said Circus 1903 Producer, Tim Lawson. “We can’t wait to introduce our mesmerising headline acts and the heart of Circus 1903 to our fans and new audiences alike.”


“Circus 1903 is an opportunity for Melbourne to see the impossible made real, right in front of your eyes. The incredible craftsmanship that brought the magic of War Horse to the stage is spectacularly recreated with the awes-inspiring elephant puppetry” said Arts Centre Melbourne Director of Programming Stephen Armstrong. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to bring this spectacle to the State Theatre stage.”

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Debuting at the Sydney Opera House and visiting Melbourne’s Regent Theatre in 2016, Circus 1903-with its new lineup – has captured the imagination of audiences around the world, including seasons in Los Angeles, New York, a Las Vegas residency and four sell out seasons in London.

Created, produced and presented by Tim Lawson and The Works Entertainment, Circus 1903 is one of many blockbuster shows that have toured to over 450 cities through 45 countries, including Le Grand Cirque, Le Noir, Cirque Adrenaline and The Illusionists.

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Circus 1903 State Theatre

4th – 14th January 2024

Duration: 2hrs 10mins – Including a 20min Interval

Tickets available from Circus 1903 | Arts Centre Melbourne

Standard – $79.00 – $119.00

Concession* – $69.00 – $109.00

Children under 16 years – $69.00 – $109.00

Family of 4 – $237.00 – $365.00

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