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Roll up, roll up, the circus is back in town

Gandeys Circus is preparing to open one of if not the first of the UK’s first post-lockdown productions.

Brereton-based, world-renowned circus Gandeys will be back under the big top next month for the first circus performance in the UK since lockdown started.

Performers at Europe’s largest touring circus are preparing themselves for their opening show for 2021 on the The Big Heath, Knutsford, from Monday 17th to Sunday, 23rd May.

The company that started as a circus over 100 years ago and has even hosted the after-show for the Brit Awards, is now recognised as one of the largest production companies in the UK.

Tour director Binky Beaumont said: “We do all the three summer season circus productions for Butlins, the after-show party at the Brit Awards, Gandeys Circus, Ladyboys of Bangkok, Chinese State Circus, Cirque-Surreal that goes to Hong-Kong, Dubai, Oman and Singapore – all these events that start as an idea in our offices in Congleton!

“We’re a real local success story, promoting this area nationally and across Europe. We’re based in Dane Mill in Congleton and employ about 50 people.”

He said the company was delighted to have received a “substantial” grant from the UK Arts Council to help its productions open again, alongside 30 other companies including the English national opera.

The circus has been awarded the VisitEngland We’re Good to Go industry charter mark. This verifies that its venue meets the Government and public health guidance on covid-19 and that it has all the required health and safety processes in place.

Book tickets for the Knutsford show on gandeyscircus.com

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