TAK­ING THE EX­TREME INTO THE MAIN­STREAM

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - ONIN BUCKS -

TRoll up roll up,the cir­cus is in town HE show that stormed into the fi­nals of Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent and is now a West End smash is back to mark its 21st an­niver­sary in spec­tac­u­lar style, and it is on its way to the Ayles­bury Water­side Theatre.

The last few years have seen the pro­file of The Cir­cus of Hor­rors jump tremen­dously af­ter ram­pag­ing into the fi­nals of Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent and to this date it is still the only cir­cus ever to reach the fi­nals.

Its ap­pear­ances on var­i­ous sub­se­quent tele­vi­sion shows have turned what set out as a cult show into a house­hold name – tak­ing the ex­treme to the main­stream.

Its tele­vi­sion cred­its now boast The X Fac­tor, The Slam­mer, Day­break, Fair­ground At­trac­tions, Who wants to be a Mil­lion­aire, Body Shock­ers, Fake Re­ac­tion, This Morn­ing, Ant & Dec, The One Show and A Royal Com­mand Per­for­mance.

Last year saw an­other gi­ant leap for the show when it be­gan a se­ries of dates in Lon­don’s West End be­com­ing the first cir­cus to ap­pear in a West End Theatre for 100 years and this year saw the show re­turn to The Fuji Rock Fes­ti­val in Ja­pan.

The Cir­cus of Hor­rors has its grue­some be­gin­nings at the 1995 Glas­ton­bury Fes­ti­val. It be­came an in­stant hit, tour­ing all over the world from Chile to Chatham, Ar­gentina to Aberdeen, Ja­pan to Jer­sey in­clud­ing fes­ti­val ap­pear­ances with Alice Cooper, Eminem, Mot­ley Crue, Oa­sis, Iron Maiden, The Manic St Preach­ers, Foo Fight­ers and many more.

The lat­est in­car­na­tion, Wel­come to the Carnevil, is set in Vic­to­rian Lon­don. Jack the Rip­per was still at large and this was the age of the Freak­show.

A young girl dreams of run­ning away to join the Cir­cus only to see her dream be­come a night­mare in a de­crepit and corpse rid­den Carnevil, plagued by a swamp of killer klowns, sword swal­low­ers, de­mon dwarfs, death de­fy­ing aeri­al­ists, a Guin­ness World Record hold­ing Hair­cu­lian Diva swing­ing solely from her hair, back flip­ping and fire lim­bo­ing ac­ro­bats and lots more.

A show ruled by the un­dead and cli­max­ing in an awe­some flam­ing apoca­lypse.

The story twists and turns with grisly mur­ders and sen­sa­tional shocks – all in­ter­wo­ven with some of the great­est and most bizarre cir­cus acts on earth, per­formed by an almighty cast with a forked tongue firmly in each cheek and the devil driven rock ‘n’ roll of Dr Haze and The In­ter­cep­tors from hell.

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