December 12 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
The historic Hippodrome in Great Yarmouth has extended its summer season as crowds continue to pack into the seafront circus.
The boss of the only remaining purpose built circus in the UK said the popular show, combining circus skills, synchronised swimming and special effects, has played to record audiences this year and extending the show to September 15 will capture audiences who are visiting the east coast for the annual Maritime Festival.
“We have managed to extend the season by two weeks, due to the success of the circus and the crowd pulling effects in the last few years of the wonderful Maritime Festival, followed by the Out There Festival of circus street arts,” said Peter Jay, owner and co-producer of the Hippodrome show.
“These events pull in huge crowds to the resort and everyone benefits.”
While the Maritime Festival, set to draw thousands of people to the seafront on September 7 and 9, celebrates Yarmouth’s seafaring heritage, the Out There Festival raises a glass to the town’s relatively recent transformation into a home for international circus talent.
“This year we are proud to present a mix during the last week of our summer spectacular with a new production of the Big Bang Factory, which features children from Seachange Arts based locally at the Drill House and Amiens circus schools,” said Mr Jay.
“The Out There weekend will mark the end of our tremendous 110th season.
“ I’d like to say a big thank you to all the Hippodrome artists and staff that have worked so hard to create this fantastic show that has been a big hit with the public.”
This year’s Hippodrome Summer Spectacular features comedy from hosts Jack Jay and Johnny Mac, the Wheel of Death, flying trapeze and Russian Swing Troupe of international acrobats, Robert Foxhall - ‘the man who can fly’ and a death defying crossbow act.
For tickets, priced £15 to £20 for adults with reduced prices for children and concessions, call 01493 844172 or book online at www.hippodromecircus.co.uk. The final show will be at 2.30pm on Sunday, September 15.
The Big Bang Factory, a French production by Cirque Jules Verne, will be performed at 7.30pm on September 13, tickets £5.