‘Where’s the big top’?
We are thrilled to be back in the circus game. Sarah and I used to look after Cirque de Soliel (“circus with a condom on” we used to call it), we worked with Gerry Cottle on many projects including Moscow State Circus and Circus of Horrors in the late 1990’s as well as all those crazy festivals with the Jim Rose Circus.
CIRQUE BERSERK! is the brainchild of Martin Burton (AKA Zippo) and the theatre producer Julius Green who have curated a dazzling international troupe of performers into a high energy 1 hour 50 minutes show in THEATRES .. this is the finest tradtitional circus has to offer – acrobats and tumblers, knife throwers, gorgeous clowns, beautiful ariel work – in the comfort and imtimacy of prosenium arch theatres. The show culminates with The Globe of Death and when I saw it at Birmingham Alexandra Theatre last week I could smell the petrol and feel the rumble and FOUR motorbikes whizzed around the steel globle just a few feet in front of me – it was thrilling! These are high production values, top quality acts from all over the world and put together in a fast-paced show that really delivers on thrills and spills without any padding – arty farty or otherwise.
I’ve been reminded of the professional pleasure of working with the circus community. People who absolutely believe in the power of publicity and have a ‘can do’ attitude that can have a 4m diameter steel globe that houses 4 motorcycles going at 40 mph rigged-up in a TV studio quicker than you can say “Blue Peter studio, in Manchester … tomorrow”! Blue Peter will air on April 5th …
This year marks the 250 years of circus. Its enduring appeal is in its ability to re-invent itself and respond to the market. Harold Pinter and The Globe of Death were never words I would expect to write in the same sentence but the show has a West End three-week run at the plush Harold Pinter Theatre from April 19th. Is this the gentrification of a traditional family entertainment? Or is it an opportunity to widen access to the often unaffordable West End experience when ticket prices start at £10 and you can get really good seats in the stalls for £20 and under 16’s are half price.
Cirque Berserk! is at the Harold Pinter Theatre (April 19 – May 7) and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Pleasance) throughout August 2018. Press release below. Media tickets available.
` THEATRE: Press Release / Listings Information for Immediate Release: 8th March 2018
REAL Circus made for Theatre
RETURNS TO LONDON’S WEST END AT THE HAROLD PINTER THEATRE
19 APRIL 2018 TO 7 MAY 2018
Zippos Circus is delighted to announce that Cirque Berserk! will return to the West End for a strictly limited engagement from 19th April to 7th May 2018 at the Harold Pinter Theatre, London.
This wildly successful made-for-theatre circus sensation combines beautiful contemporary circus artistry with hair-raising, death-defying stunts. Variously described as “like Cirque du Soleil on steroids” (★★★★★ Express); “a NutriBullet of contemporary circus” (★★★★ Times) and “gloriously, death-defyingly, magnificently, LUDICROUSLY FANTASTIC” (★★★★ whatsonstage) Cirque Berserk! has been attracting sellout crowds and critical acclaim across the UK for nearly five years.
The show boasts a magnificent company of over 30 jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers and daredevil stuntmen from all corners of the globe who all perform maximum thrills with no safety nets! Plus, in a truly jaw-dropping coup de théâtre, the Lucius team of motorcyclists perform the GLOBE OF DEATH reaching speeds of over 60mph in a petrol-fuelled crowd-thriller!
Cirque Berserk! is the brainchild of Martin Burton, who came to prominence as Zippo the Clown and as the man who started the famous and much-loved Zippos Circus (which he still runs today). Martin explains: “What the Cirque Berserk! team have created is REAL circus made for theatre. It’s put together in a very contemporary, very 21st-century way. The lighting, music, the costumes are entirely different from what you’re used to. It’s designed for an audience who may not be drawn to the Big Top but still want all the death-defying skills that traditional circus brings.”
Cirque Berserk! is suitable for all, and with tickets from just £10, families can join in the celebrations of 250 years since the birth of circus with a bang-up-to-date extravaganza stuffed full of danger and dramatic artistry in a breathtaking live entertainment experience!
Website: WWW.CIRQUEBERSERK.CO.UK Twitter: @cirqueberserkuk Facebook: cirqueberserk
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HAROLD PINTER THEATRE
PANTON STREET, LONDON SW1Y 4DN
19TH APRIL 2018 to 7TH MAY 2018
Thursday 19th April 19:30 (7.30pm)
Friday 20th April 19:30 (7.30pm)
Saturday 21st April 14:00 (2pm) / 17:00 (5pm) / 19:30 (7.30pm)
Sunday 22nd April 14:00 (2pm) / 17:00 (5pm)
Monday 23rd April NO PERFORMANCE
Tuesday 24th April 19:30 (7.30pm)
Wednesday 25th April 19:30 (7.30pm)
Thursday 26th April 19:30 (7.30pm)
Friday 27th April 19:30 (7.30pm)
Saturday 28th April 14:00 (2pm) / 17:00 (5pm) / 19:30 (7.30pm)
Sunday 29th April 14:00 (2pm) / 17:00 (5pm)
Monday 30th April NO PERFORMANCE
Tuesday 1st May 19:30 (7.30pm)
Wednesday 2nd May 19:30 (7.30pm)
Thursday 3rd May 19:30 (7.30pm)
Friday 4th May 19:30 (7.30pm)
Saturday 5th May 14:00 (2pm) / 17:00 (5pm) / 19:30 (7.30pm)
Sunday 6th May 14:00 (2pm) / 17:00 (5pm)
Monday 7th May 14:00 (2pm) ***UK BANK HOLIDAY***
Ticket Prices: £10 – £39.50 (premiums £55 ) Children HALF PRICE (applies to under 16’s) NO BOOKING FEE (when booked with the theatre direct as below)
BOX OFFICE: 0844 871 7622 BOOKING LINK: http://www.atgtickets.com/Cirque-Berserk-Tickets/81/25239/
Cirque Berserk! is currently touring the UK and will play the EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE at the Pleasance in AUGUST 2018 – see www.cirqueberserk.co.uk for full schedule.
Cirque Berserk! is proud to be part circus250.com, a World-wide celebration of 250 years of the circus championed by Sir Peter Blake.