It’s difficult to find someone who doesn't love the circus. You came to Moscow and all of a sudden you feel an urge for a colorful, extraordinary, and breathtaking show. Go to the circus!
It’s difficult to find someone who doesn't love the circus. Normally, the first exposure to circus art happens in childhood. There are those who were taken to a big permanent circus by their parents, others who first saw a magic show at a fair or in a small road show. Clowns, acrobats, trained animals, loud music, glamor and glitter. Circus performances are effervescent, bright, and remembered for your entire life. But who said that the circus is only for kids?
Most circus programs are designed to enthrall both kids and adults.
Not a single festival nor fair could do without magicians, clowns, tightrope walkers, and strongmen, while tent circus companies traveled all across the country. Nevertheless, the first permanent circus in Russia opened relatively late, in the late 19th century. The first in 1849 in Saint Petersburg, and then in 1880 in Moscow.
The circus community has always treated those who joined from outside the guild with distrust; it has been a long time since circus dynasties began to emerge. Russia has nurtured many outstanding circus artists. The Durovs, the Zapashnys, the Bagdasarovs, the Kios...
Nowadays most companies still travel from city to city, performing all over the country, and there are those who have permanent residencies in certain circuses and just go on tour occasionally. In practically every large city in Russia there is a circus, which always has something to offer.
But what about the capital?
You came to Moscow and all of a sudden you feel an urge for a colorful, extraordinary, and breathtaking show. Go to the circus!
The Moscow Circus is named after Yuri Nikulin on Tsvetnoy Boulevard.
The Circus on Tsvetnoy is one of the oldest in Russia, it was built in 1880 and since then has been repeatedly rebuilt, but one thing remains unchanged: it has always been occupied by the circus. Many famous circus artists have performed in its ring, including the Durov brothers, Kio the Magician, and the Koh sisters, and its shows have always been a great success. And this still remains the same.
But what the Circus on Tsvetnoy is most famous for is its clowns. The outstanding Oleg Popov and Karandash used to perform in this arena, but the most important clowns, given to the world by this circus, were Mikhail Shuidin and Yuri Nikulin. Their performances were highly acclaimed. People flocked to their shows without asking what other events were in the program. From 1983 until his death in 1997 Yuri Nikulin was the head of the circus. Now the circus is run by his son Maxim.
The circus is constantly in search for talented artists, it creates performances, programs, and shows that are especially noteworthy. Programs are updated two or three times a year.
From late December till mid-January the Circus presents New Year's Eve and Christmas shows.
Today you can see acrobats, tightrope walkers, animal tamers and, of course, clowns.
Fun and enjoyment are guaranteed!
One of the most interesting events in the circus program at the moment is the unique performance with elephants “A Mystery of the Giant Elephants” by Andrei and Anastasia Dementiev-Kornilov, who have won the Moscow and Izhevsk international awards and festivals, and the Grand Prix of the Moscow awards and festival. Indian female elephants perform tricks of the highest difficulty. The show is produced with an attention to every last detail, a colorful set design and costumes are very pleasing to the eye.
It is advisable to buy tickets only in the circus box office, through its website, or through the site of its partner (ticketland.ru). This is because the reselling of tickets by tickets scalpers (at almost three times the price) has become more frequent recently, either in person or through websites.
Address: Moscow, Tsvetnoy Boulevard, 13
Box office: daily from 11:00 to 19:00
break from 14:00 to 15:00.
The Great Moscow State Circus
The Great Moscow State Circus on Vernadskogo Avenue remained under construction for a long time. The construction work began in 1964 and it was finally opened in April, 1971. It is the largest permanent circus in Europe and one of the world's largest. The Circus has excellent equipment, with five quickly swappable arenas: ice rink, equestrian, water, illusionist, and light-effect.
Today Edward Zapashny is the director of the Circus, while its artistic director is Askold Zapashny. Both are representatives of a renown dynasty of acrobats, trapeze artists, animal tamers, and gymnasts.
The brothers are holders of the Meritorious Artist of Russia title, they are headliners of circus programs, and their attraction “Among Predators” gained world-wide fame a long time ago. Askold holds a Guinness World Record for the longest leap riding a lion.
Moreover, the Circus will delight you with performances from its amazing aerialists, acrobats, clowns, trapeze artists, and jockeys.
The quality and attention to detail of the Circus programs is staggering. They are real professionals and never cease to amuse and amaze spectators.
Address: Moscow, Vernadskogo Avenue, 7
Box office: daily from 10:30 to 19:30
Speaking of Moscow circuses, it’s necessary to mention “Grandpa Durov's Little Corner”. If you are traveling with a small child, you can be sure that he or she will love this show.
“Durov's Little Corner” was founded in 1912 by Vladimir Durov, a famous clown, satirist, writer, animal tamer, and scientist/animal psychologist. It was not only an animal theater, but also a scientific research laboratory and a museum of natural science. Vladimir Durov was the founder of a new method of incentive taming. He was the one who eliminated punishment with a whip or by any other means while taming an animal, actively protesting against cruelty to animals.
One of the famous attractions of “Durov's Little Corner” is the so called Mouse Railway. The show takes place in Mouse City on the Mouse Planet. Tamed little animals ride a train, a cable car, and a steam ship. The show only lasts for 20 minutes and will surely grab the attention of the youngest spectators.
In addition, the theater presents a variety of shows featuring shaggy and feathered actors, aimed at children from 3 years of age and older, and their parents. The duration of the shows is about 1.5 hours. The theater has a museum, which is not expensive to visit. Among its displays there is the very first Mouse Railway, designed by Vladimir Durov.
Address: Moscow, Durova Street, 4
Box office: from 10:00 to 19:00 7 days a week
Attention! Never buy circus tickets from unauthorized resellers! You risk not only paying way too much, but also getting fake tickets that are not refundable. Besides, the fun will be spoiled.
Choose any show according to your preferences and off you go for joy, fun, and good humor! Moscow Circuses are waiting for you!