The Russians are coming…

Clowns Vasili Trifonov (left) and Stanislav Kniazkov delight young and old.
Emin Abdullaev, who is billed as Man in a Glass Box.
Aussie guest star Sascha Williams and his spectacular balancing act.


AFTER a period in which one could be forgiven for assuming The Great Moscow Circus might be sidestepping Durban during its current South African tour, there is good news – Suncoast Casino will host the Big Top in March.

The circus will have eight shows in Durban from March 10, in an air-conditioned tent in the casino grounds.

Tickets can be booked at Computicket and range in price from R195 to R595, with discounts available for children.

The event, presented in association with East Coast Radio, will offer an all-new, two-hour, world-premiere programme, featuring colourful acts representing the best of the world’s greatest circus stars, according to a press release.

The Durban season forms part of a South African tour which includes performances in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth, where audiences are treated to a traditional European atmosphere where they are never more than 11 metres from the action.

The show’s cast includes daredevils from Spain and Mexico, and Europe’s top circus attractions, all hand-picked by Andrew Guild, international producer for Theatre Tours International.

“For 40 years Guild has been visiting Russia, ensuring he knows who the best acts are and where to find them. During Soviet times he made more than 250 visits to Moscow and travelled extensively throughout Russia and the Soviet states,” says the spokesman.

“Over the years, Guild has found and toured more than 7 000 performers to South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore, and together with the Theatre Tours International team travelled the length of Russia selecting acts, negotiating contracts and organising the 2017 South African tour.

“The Great Moscow Circus will present every possible circus favourite – the funniest clowns, the most daring acrobats, death-defying daredevils, balancers and more. The show contains no animal acts.”

The South African 2017 tour dates include:

Currently: Montecasino, Johannesburg

From February 3: Foreshore – Founders Garden, Cape Town

From February 16: The Windmill, Bloemfontein

From February 23: The Boardwalk, Port Elizabeth

For more information visit

Watch The Great Moscow Circus teaser on YouTube here:

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