Dive headfirst into an exceptional circus production
Roll up, roll up for a night at the circus - culture lovers of all ages will find something to enjoy about this most traditional of entertainments. While shows may have moved on from the genre's origins, you'll still witness incredible exploits, lavish sets and productions designed to blow your mind: a fantastic day out for all the family. Use StubHub to find a show near you and buy or sell your circus tickets without delay.
Be blown away by stunning circus acts
The history of the circus goes back to Roman times, but its modern format is generally accredited to 18th-century performer Philip Astley, who put on lavish shows involving horses, acrobats and clowns and established purpose-built circuses in London and Paris. The 'big top' (a traditional circus tent) was introduced in 1862, and towards the end of the century, this peculiar style of performing arts made its way over to the USA, where it expanded and enjoyed enormous popularity. The travelling circus became a major feature of life in the 19th century, with one of the most famous of all time belonging to P.T. Barnum (still going strong as the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus). While traditional circuses employed companies of acrobats, clowns, strongmen, artists and entertainers plus, very often, animal menageries, contemporary circus has moved on to focus more on storylines, incredible feats of the human body, impressively artistic sets and complex light and sound effects that help create an atmospheric, immersive show. Still very much an extravaganza, getting circus tickets will allow you to indulge in pure entertainment - a treat for all the senses.
The whole family can enjoy an unforgettable evening
Thanks to the growing popularity of companies like Cirque du Soleil and Circus 1903, contemporary circus has become associated with lavish performances featuring complex storylines and stunning acrobatic feats - think trapeze, high wires and contortionists rather than clowns, lions and fire-breathing. Yet there are still plenty of the more traditional companies out there (though circus animals have fortunately long been removed from shows in most countries due to animal welfare concerns). It may now be held in a theatre or concert hall rather than a big top, but sometimes you'll also find a genuine circus tent in which to take in a performance, a setting that only adds to the magic of the whole occasion. For an exciting day out for all the family, look no further than the circus tickets that are available to buy or sell on StubHub - it's an experience like no other, and a show you're guaranteed never to forget.
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