Gloucestershire's beloved Giffords Circus is bringing a Great British legend to life in 2024, announcing its brand-new show Avalon.
The immersive new production, once again directed by Cal McCrystal, is set on the mythical island of Avalon — a magical world of medieval pagaentry and Arthurian legend — and features a glittering cast of acrobats, magicians, musicians, poets and clowns from all over the world.
In true Giffords tradition, Avalon promises lavish costumes, an opulent set and live music from its talented circus band, accompanied by incredible food from the Circus Sauce travelling restaurant. Singer and actress, Nell O'Hara, who had a starring role in its 2023 show Les Enfants du Paradis, returns to centre stage, alongside magician Maximiliano Stia, who starred in Giffords' 2013 and 2015 shows.
After a record-breaking year at the box office in 2023, the 2024 tour will be its longest season yet, kicking off at Fennells Farm in Stroud on Thursday 28 March before heading off on tour across the country, stopping off at iconic locations including Sudeley Castle and Blenheim Palace, before it returns home on Sunday 29 September 2024.
McCrystal said: 'Giffords Circus is so much more than a circus. To come to Giffords is to immerse yourself in another world and escape everyday life for a few blissful hours.
'Our astonishing mix of thrills, skills, adventure, romance, theatrics and hilarity will change all your preconceptions of traditional circus. You will fall in love with our travelling world of acrobats, clowns, magicians, jugglers, vintage wagons, and entrancing music.'
Tickets for Avalon are on sale now and cost from £20 for adults and from £10 for children and wheelchair users, with carers and under threes able to attend for free; while Circus Sauce costs an additional £50 per adult and £30 per child.