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GREAT MOSCOW CIRCUS (article first published : 2005-10-17)

Michael Edgley's production of the All New Southern Sun Great Moscow Circus is heading to South Africa with the World Premiere of its new show in January 2006.

The All New Southern Sun Great Moscow Circus will open in Johannesburg with two charity performances on January 12 and 13 and the world premiere will be held on January 14 The circus then tours Johannesburg, Nelspruit, Bloemfontein, Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town over the next 20 weeks, before heading for Australia, Taiwan and other international centres. It is due to reach Durban on March 24, 2006.

The world's most-famous circus will introduce 75 brilliant circus stars in a two- hour plus spectacular that features circus skills and acts never before seen in South Africa. By the time the Southern Sun Great Moscow Circus premieres under the mighty red and yellow "Big Top" over 12 months will have passed since its last visit, when it took South Africa by storm.

The All New programme features acts from Moscow and the other circus capitals of the world. It visits South Africa as part of an international tour, and will be the last time the circus visits South Africa for a number of years due to huge demand from other countries.

The tour is sponsored by the Southern Sun group and SABC2 will again be the television partner. The magnificent Great Moscow Circus Big Top has been updated with a new seating system, new air-conditioning and over R3 million of new lights and sound.

“We are proud to be associated with the Great Moscow Circus for its 2006 tour of South Africa,” says Neil Fraser, Director: Marketing and Sales, Southern Sun Hotels: "Our sponsorship follows our successful involvement in the 2004/5 tour as official accommodation supplier. Southern Sun Hotels are known as the home of the stars, and we believe that our association with the Great Moscow Circus places us in the forefront of world-class entertainment. Through this partnership all South Africans will have another opportunity to experience grand-scale entertainment on their own doorstep."

Producer Michael Edgley, who is bringing the show to South Africa, says: "When we brought the first-ever Great Moscow Circus to South Africa in December 2004, we promised a show, the likes of which had never been seen in this country. We asked you to forget everything you had ever heard about circus and to prepare yourselves for an unbelievable new experience. We are humbled that 400,000 South Africans flocked to the show. It caused a sensation and families just loved it.

"Now the Russians are sending us an entirely new programme. Nothing is repeated. Everything is new. The show is unimaginably spectacular. This is the finest circus ever staged. Even the Big Top which was especially built for South Africa has been completely re-vamped. The great news is that we have managed to hold ticket prices at the same level as they were for the 2004/5 tour.”

Bookings for Circus performances at Computicket. Tickets range from R110 to R270 (R65 to R170 for children). Call 083 915 8000 or book on line www.computicket.com




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