The circus is in town - and it’s one of the big ones!
One of Britain’s most famous, Billy Smart’s Circus, will be at Centre Vale Park, Todmorden, from May 8 to May 11, before moving on to Halifax’s Savile park on May 13 to May 18.
This year’s show, hosted by Billy’s granddaughter Yasmine Smart, is the largest company touring the UK.
An animal-free circus, it draws on a number of award-winning artists from around the world, who combine in a fast-moving two hour show.
They include include the Flying Aces, from Australia, five exciting youngsters on the flying trapeze; the ten-handed Assadulin Troupe, from Russia, direct from Ringling, Barnum and Bailey Circus in the U.S., and who will be bringing their spectacular springboard and Russian bar acts to the U.K. for the first time; aerial star Alina Eskina; the Extreme Brothers, a trio of talented acrobats from Romania certain to be a talking point of the show; Italian clown, Jonny Bogino, bringing his whimsical comedy style to UK audiences for the first time; and the Argentinian bolas drumming of Gabriel Carmona and and partner liven up the proceedings together with the footjuggling skills of Germaine Delbosq from France.
A live band, the only one in a British touring circus, complements the action.
Billy Smart founded his circus in 1946 and over the next 25 years it became a household name largely through its TV appearances. TV audiences peaked at 21 million, a huge figure even now and earned the circus a “Silver Camera” award.
Tickets will be available soon - see www.billy-smarts-circus.co.uk website for more details.