Step right up, because the internationally acclaimed Circus 1903 is set to make a triumphant comeback at the Sydney Opera House this festive season. Brace yourselves for a spectacle of magic and marvels that surpasses anything seen before. The grandeur unfolds in the Concert Hall during a strictly limited run from December 21 to 29, 2023. 

Circus 1903 magically transports spectators to the Golden Age of the circus, where the magnificent Queenie and her adorable calf Peanut steal the spotlight. Crafted by the award-winning War Horse team, these puppet elephants join an ensemble of world-class performers from around the globe, adorned in glamorous turn-of-the-century costumes, against a visually splendid stage.

Under the masterful guidance of ringmaster David Williamson, audiences are left wide-eyed by breathtaking and death-defying showcases of the cast’s skills. From awe-inspiring aerial acts that send performers soaring across the big top to jaw-dropping displays of acrobatics, mind-boggling contortionism, and mesmerising balancing skills, Circus 1903 astounds and astonishes audiences of all ages.

Circus 1903 Sydney Opera House 2023

Following its world premiere at the Opera House in 2016, Circus 1903 returns after a global tour that included stops in Los Angeles, New York, a residency in Las Vegas, and four sold-out seasons in London. Produced by Tim Lawson & The Works Entertainment (known for Le Grand Cirque, Le Noir, Cirque Adrenaline, and The Illusionists), the show features an original composition by Evan Jolly (Netflix’s The Crown and DC’s Aquaman) and costumes designed by the renowned Angela Aaron (of Cirque du Soleil’s Mad Apple fame).

“It is wonderful to be collaborating again with the Sydney Opera House in presenting the world’s best family entertainment for our 10th summer season. From its launch on the Concert Hall stage, like many of our shows before, Circus 1903 has enjoyed huge international success due to its broad audience appeal, high production values boasting all the thrills and spills of a grand big top circus, set in the comfort of one of the world’s most iconic venues. We can’t wait to introduce our mesmerising headline acts and the heart of Circus 1903 to our fans and new audiences alike,” says Tim Lawson. 

Circus 1903 will also travel to Arts Centre Melbourne in 2024.

  • What: Circus 1903
  • Where: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
  • When:  21 December – 29 December 2023
  • Purchase tickets here.