Giffords Circus, Cotswolds
Giffords Circus is starting the New Year with a bang by announcing the name of their 2019 show – XANADU.
They called it Xanadu….
It is midsummer 1973 in Hyde Park and the flower power movement is at its height. Hippies, hipsters, rock stars, musicians, wild women and global nomads with shamanic horses gather to play, sing, dance, protest and perform. Policemen and a family of out-of-towners get caught up in the celebrations.
Will they get in the groove? Nell Gifford builds a pleasure-dome and Tweedy has a job in the kitchen as he thought everyone was talking about “Flour Power”. As evening approaches, the ever more chaotic eventcareers towards a joyful, transcendental finale. Be there or be square!
This Years Line Up
“There was be a hint of the seventies in the styling of this year’s show and we are having great fun drawing inspiration from the music and art of this time.” Xanadu will welcome a plethora of new acts in 2019 that include:
Lil Rice, niece of Nell Gifford and daughter of Emma Bridgewater who will wow the audience with her amazing cyr wheel act.
Jacob D’ Eustachio, a talented juggler originally from New York City, and educated at Canada’s École de Cirque de Québec, who has performed in 13 countries on five continents. Anna Rastsova who will bring a NEW act, the swinging trapeze, an act never before seen in the Giffords Circus big top. And introducing the daring Donerts, a family who hail from Hungary and are making their UK debut with their pas de deux and vaulting act that will have audiences gasping in delight.
Of course, Giffords Circus fan favourite Tweedy the Clown fresh from his performance in the Everyman Theatre’s Waiting for Godot, the Curatola Brothers and Nell Gifford, herself will all return to the ring. s gasping in delight.
Roll up, roll in to the Giffords stately pleasure-dome, for miracles, song, symphony, excitement, musicians, horses, magicians, tumblers enfolded in sunny spots of greenery…
Since 2012, Giffords shows have been directed by Cal McCrystal, whose credits include Iolanthe at the English National Opera, Paddington, Paddington 2 and One Man Two Guvnors. Maverick, naughty and uncompromising, Cal leads the company through a three-week rehearsal period at the Giffords Circus farm in the Cotswolds, ahead of them hitting the road.
When one tour finishes, the next is already in production. The theme has been chosen and lots is already happening behind the scenes. We will be announcing the name of the 2020 show in a few months! Keep your eyes peeled as we begin to reveal snippets of what’s to come during our 20th anniversary year.
To purchase tickets across the tour please visit: www.giffordscircus.com