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Critically acclaimed French circus troupe set to wow Collier Row crowds

PUBLISHED: 16:00 27 September 2017

Lucien, Ernest and Sacha Santus. Photo: Santus Circus

Lucien, Ernest and Sacha Santus. Photo: Santus Circus

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One of the most loved continental circus troupes will is preparing to set up their red top on the streets of Havering for seven nights next month.

The Globe of Death sees a motorbike ride risk his life. Photo: Santus CircusThe Globe of Death sees a motorbike ride risk his life. Photo: Santus Circus

Setting up their heated Big Top at the Whalebone Lane Bootfair Site at the junction of Romford Road in Collier Row, Santus Circus will be wowing residents with their unique style and showmanship for one week only in October.

The Santus family represents 18 generations of French circus performers who are proud to bring their unique heritage to the stage.

Offering acts that will delight young and old alike, brothers Ernest and Roger Santus have benefitted from the circus wit and wisdom of six generations of their family, who have all but perfected the circus trade.

To help them produce the highest quality shows, they have pulled together some of France’s most illustrious circus families.

Sabrina Luscher, one of Santus Circus' performers. Photo: Santus CircusSabrina Luscher, one of Santus Circus' performers. Photo: Santus Circus

Their shows frequently earn professional praise for their performers’ Olympian standards of athleticism and the sheer theatre of their shows.

Taking on almost every sort of skill and presentation imaginable – from hand-balancing and trapeze to unicycling, juggling, and acrobatics – their troupes have performed across Europe and in Asia, and have even won top prizes at the prestigious Monte Carlo Circus Festival.

A Santus Circus spokesman said: “ This is traditional circus with a French flavour.

“The 2017 production includes top international artistes from Holland, Mongolia, Hungary, Morocco, Brazil, and of course Britain and France.

“Performances run around two hours, and feature rope-walking, juggling, diabolo, trapeze, an aerial straps double-act, the ‘Chinese pole’, hula-hooping, foot-juggling, an amazing laser man, and gentle friendly clowning, as well as the nerve-tingling thrills of the Globe of Death – break-neck motorcyclists looping the loop inside a tiny steel sphere.

“And watch out for a delightful sequence featuring the whole performing company!”

Tickets for Santus Circus shows from Wednesday October 11 to Tuesday October 17 start from £9, although discount vouchers are out there.

Family tickets for two adults and two children are available for £40 and on Wednesdays and Thursdays all tickets are £7.

For more information call 07843 884787 or visit www.santuscircus.com.

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