Dear Mummy, the circus is in town! We jumped at the chance to see one of the world’s most famous shows after hearing so many great reviews of the Moscow State Circus. They were only in Reading for 2 days at the end of the Easter holidays, so we packed our bags and headed to see this spectacular show.
We’ve been to the circus before visiting Jay Miller’s Circus in Basingstoke which was my first experience of the big top and I loved it. We had high expectations with this touring company of performers.
Daddy booked tickets online in advance off the Moscow State Circus website and choose our seats. We picked ringside seats so we could fully immerse ourselves in the show. (I think Mummy and Daddy might have hoped I’d run off to join the circus!!)
On entering the big top, we quickly realised that infact it doesn’t matter which seating position you pick, whether you are ringside, ringside VIP, Grandstand Deluxe or normal Grandstand, as all seating positions give you a good view. The seats are tiered and unless you are right at the back on the sides, that would be the only less advantageous viewing position.
It was a packed house and after visiting the toilets outside, which were clean and spacious, we headed into the first small tent which was a great idea given our wonderful British weather.
Inside this tent were the food outlets and souvenir stand, I have a fascination with Russian Dolls so we picked up a set of 5 nesting dolls to remind me of our visit to the Moscow State Circus. We picked up some popcorn, £3 for a small tub and £5 for a large (be prepared to take some cash with you as only one stand had a card machine) and some candy floss for the show and headed through a marquee tunnel to the Big Top.
We didn’t want to take too many photos, as we don’t want to give the game away and to be quite honest we spent most of the show transfixed on the performers. It was amazing inside the big top! Stewards in bell-boy type suits took our tickets and showed us to our ringside seats. Popcorn girls walking around with large old-fashioned trays of popcorn. The air was full of anticipation and a hum of chatter until the spotlight finally fell on the main character of the show.
The European tour follows a story about a girl called Zhenya who is granted seven wishes. The circus followers her around Russia trying to find happiness and fulfillment.
The show was full of surprises and wonderment, from street-dance jugglers dressed in neon under UV lights to acrobats suspended from glass bubbles high up in the air. It was truly a spectacular show and worth every penny. There were a few seats left too on the sides of the big top so anyone could have walked off the street to see the performance (you don’t always have to book in advance but it is suggested to avoid disappointment).
I had a wonderful time and was awestruck! My mouth open throughout the whole performance, my little hands clapping furiously and a big smile when the spotlight disappeared after every act.
We loved the two main characters Wizard Wako and his side kick Natalia and found them really engaging. There was even a giggle from us when the wish maker took to the trampoline with a very slapstick routine which had the crowd roaring with laughter. Compere, Clown and acrobat all in one, he was very talented and seemed very seasoned.
We’d definitely recommend a trip to the circus for little ones, it’s really a sensory overload but in a good way! Better than watching anything similar on the telly, a circus experience is the whole package and still brings back the traditions that still make circuses as popular as ever. Sights, sounds and smells of candy-floss! There may not be animals anymore (for good reason) but this has given rise to the traditional art of story telling and allowed very talented performers to have a platform to amaze us little ones with magic, mystery and fantasy.
Moscow State Circus is still touring the South of England, so make sure you catch them if you can – I’m certain you won’t regret it!
Love Bella X