A circus full of fascinatingly hair-raising acts is coming to Consett later this month.

The Circus of Horrors – a fun yet ‘shocking’ show that has been on the road for 24 years – will feature the likes of sword swallowers, whirlwind acrobats, flaming limbo dancers and knife throwers: all performing to an exciting rock soundtrack.

The circus also boasts strongmen, sensational aerialists, fire-eaters, daredevil motorbike riders, ‘hairculian’ women, contortionists, giants, blade-walkers, and divas brandishing both long- and crossbows.

The Circus of Horrors has performed at festivals such as Download and Glastonbury, on TV shows like This Morning and Britain’s Got Talent, and with celebrities including Gary Lineker, Ant and Dec, Garry Palister, Gary Numan, Diego Maradona, Gordon Ramsey, Robbie Williams and Lenny Henry.

The Circus has performed all over the world, in countries including Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Russia (it was the first UK circus act ever to perform in the country), Japan, Italy, the USA, Argentina, Chile and Ireland.

The show is compered by the ‘undead’ ringmaster Dr Haze. Thanks to the incredible feats performed at the circus, it currently holds 20 Guinness World Records.

As part of its current world tour, The Circus of Horrors will be visiting the Consett Empire Theatre and Cinema on Friday 22nd March.

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A scene from The Circus of Horrors

The arts programme manager at the Consett Empire, Nicola Dailly, said, “This fascinating show combines horror, comedy and rock ‘n’ roll with astonishing circus acts that will leave audiences questioning what’s humanly possible.”

Due to the spine-tingling nature of some parts of the performance, the show is recommended for those aged 16 and above.

Tickets to see The Circus of Horrors are priced at £21.50. You can book tickets by telephoning 03000 262 400 or going to https://www.empireconsett.co.uk/.

(The images in this article show scenes from The Circus of Horrors’ stage show.)  


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