Chapelfield Summer Circus


Thursday 11 – Sunday 14 July 2019


Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich

Chapelfield Summer Circus is back for a second year with another fantastic weekend of top quality, international circus.

Book tickets online using the links below, call the box office on 01603 630 000 or collect in person at Theatre Royal, Theatre Street, Norwich

Thursday 11 May

  • 6pm Neverland – all tickets £12
  • 8pm Hotel Paradiso – £14 adult / £9.50 concession

Book both shows at the same time for £20


Friday 12 May

  • 7.15pm Hotel Paradiso – £14 adult / £9.50 concession
  • 10pm Circus Cabaret Lates – £14 adult / £9.50 concession (minimum ages 16, under 18s must be acompanied by an adult)

Saturday 13 May

  • 11am-1.30pm Oak Circus Family workshops – FREE
  • 2pm Ethiopian Dreams – £14 adult / £9.50 concession
  • 3.30-6.30pm Outdoor circus fun – FREE
  • 7.15pm Ethiopian Dreams – £14 adult / £9.50 concession
  • 10pm Circus Cabaret Lates – £14 adult / £9.50 concession (minimum ages 16, under 18s must be acompanied by an adult)

Sunday 14 May

  • 11am-2.30pm Free outdoor workshops
  • 3pm Oak Circus Community Cabaret – all tickets £6

Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams

‘needs to be seen to be believed … pure circus gold’ ★★★★ The Scotsman

‘will knock your socks off’ ★★★★ The Times

Ethiopian Dreams is an incredible, jaw-droppingly joyful extravaganza of colour, excitement and fun. To thumping African beats the 15 strong cast showcase high-flying acrobatics, unimaginable acts of contortion, comedy clowning and feats of strength and skill.

It follows the magical true tale of brothers Bibi and Bichu, who dreamed as little boys of joining the circus and grew up to help raise a phenomenal new tradition of circus in Ethiopia. Weaving their story through death-defying tricks and stunning ensemble feats of juggling, human juggling, contortion, hoop-diving and Chinese pole, the show is a joy- filled journey through Ethiopia’s rich artistic traditions and a transformative celebration of circus itself.



Lost in Translation: Hotel Paradiso

‘The UK’s most highly acclaimed family circus company’ What’s On Stage

‘a gorgeous, good-natured hour-long confection of acrobatics, aerialism and balance-work’ Libby Purves, Theatre Cat

This new show from Norwich’s own international circus company, Lost in Translation, features a multinational cast of six highly skilled acrobats, clowns and jugglers. Daring, breath-taking aerial skills, stunning floor acrobatics and juggling blend seamlessly with laugh out loud clowning and physical comedy. The result is a show that delivers thrills, gasps, laughs and drama aplenty for both adults and children to enjoy.

The stage becomes a physical playground as the staff of Hotel Paradiso battle to save their home and livelihood from repossession by the dastardly banker and his mountainous sidekick.



Circus Cabaret Lates

A thrilling daring and risqué late-night variety show hosted by Dusty Limits, trailblazer of contemporary cabaret.

This is a chance to see some of the finest circus performers from around the world alongside cheeky burlesque and comedy performers.

MC Dusty Limits is one of the most celebrated figures on the ‘new cabaret’ scene. He’s known for his amazing three-octave ranging voice and his interpretations of songs of the Weimar era as well as those by Jacques Brell, Kurt Weill and David Bowie.

“The compere without compare’ The Stage

Full line up to be announced later.


Age 16+ (Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult)




New show inspired by J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, with a loose narrative around this classic, much-loved story.

Combining dance and circus skills from students aged 8-17 from Norfolk Academy for Dance & Circus Arts this is your chance see the future stars of circus in Norwich.


Oak Circus Community Cabaret

 Cabaret style show featuring students alongside circus professionals. Performances will include aerial and acrobatic work, juggling and manipulation.

This show gives students, with varying levels of experience, a chance to perform in public and put together a routine to demonstrate their skills.

Perfect family entertainment for a Sunday afternoon.

Workshops and outdoor entertainment

Drop-in workshops and circus skills instruction for all ages outside the big top circus tent.

Come along and have a go at a range of circus skills with support from professional performers and tutors. Who knows – you might discover your’re a natural juggler or acrobat!

And on Saturday afternoon there’ll be all sorts of outdoor performances and walkabout acts.