Clowning around at Symphony Hall

Legendary circus comes to town.

28 Jan Moscow State Circus Theatre  (3)

Symphony Hall is usually host to classical orchestras, jazz, rock and opera. But later this month, it opens its doors to the world of high wire acts, clowns and acrobats.

The Moscow State Circus is to begin its UK tour with a debut show at the venue in Birmingham – a showpiece auditorium that has seen Rattle, Rostropovich and Lou Reed grace its stage over the past decades. Its brand new production, 7 Zhelaniy, is based on the Russian folklore story of Cvetik-Semicvetik, by Valentin Petrovich Katayev, which is the perfect backdrop for what is undoubtedly the greatest and most famous circus around today.

Wizard Wako and his crazy sidekick Natalia Mezentceva invite audiences to a mysterious enchanted garden, a place where dreams come true and things are not quite what they seem. The loveable duo will guide audiences through this imaginative tale, granting wishes to the beautiful Kushka Veslovskiy who plays Zhenya, while surrounded by a multitude of ballerinas on high-wires, daredevils, roller-skaters, floating globes,  and a 13-person springboard troupe.

The circus arrives for one night only at Symphony Hall on Thursday 28th January at 7.30pm. For more information or to buy tickets: or call the Box Office on 0121 780 3333.