Circus coming to town

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The sensational Circus of the Orient is coming to Scotland with a brand new tour ‘Shanghai Express’ - bringing some of the world’s most daring acrobats and circus performers to the land of the brave.

The big top will arrive in Stornoway on July 12 and will stay until July 14.

The show features a galaxy of international circus stars from China, Mongolia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and the United Kingdom.

Among the stars of the new ‘Shanghai Express’ show are the world-renowned ‘Red Dragon Chinese Acrobats’ who will mark their first ever appearance in Scotland by performing an incomparable array of gymnastic acts set to send audiences head over heels.

From spectacular somersaults, to dazzling and dizzying acrobatics within the revolutionary Rein Wheel, this remarkable gymnastic troupe will showcase their strength and agility during a wonderful 100 minute circus show. The acrobats, from Nanle in the Henan province of China, will also perform the lavish 1,000-year-old tradition of Chinese lion dancing and a unique Oriental take on Western circus staples such as plate spinning and hat juggling.

‘Shanghai Express’ is produced and directed by Carol and Phillip Gandey, who first brought circus to Scotland 38 years ago and have decades of experience making world class shows such as ‘The Russian International Ballet Company’, ‘Cirque Surreal’ and ‘Spirit of the Horse’.

Phillip and Carol have travelled the world to discover the amazing acts in ‘Shanghai Express’ and are proud to be bringing the thrills and spills of the Big Top to Scotland.