As the weather turns balmier, Giffords Circus rides into town and sets up tent for its annual sojourn in leafy Chiswick. Lavish set and costumes will transport the audience back to the mid-19th century and the great age of French romanticism for an evening that sees the return of Tweedy the Clown and features illusion and shadow acts, a high-energy roller skating act, ponies, aerialists, and foot juggling. It tends to be classy stuff that gives a nod to the old spit and sawdust circus of old and always has a strong quixotic sensibility.
Giffords Circus' brand new show, Les Enfants du Paradis, will take inspiration from French Romanticism in the mid-19th Century. Award-winning and internationally-renowned production designer takis, whose elegant work has graced the stages of the world’s greatest opera houses, will once again create lavish sets and period costumes that will transport you to a magical, and unexpected, world under the canvas of the big top. Tweedy the Clown has been at the heart of Giffords Circus for over 15 years, bringing new comic routines and skills to the show each year. At the centre of the story and action, he makes a welcome return in ‘Les Enfants du Paradis’, with his unique brand of slapstick comedy guaranteed to have everyone in stitches.