We’ve finally come to the end of our touring season and what a year it’s been! Our Gandeys cast have been rather busy touring the UK, including another summer at Butlins and bringing The Greatest Halloween Spooktacular back to Dudley. Meanwhile, Cirque Surreal made a grand return to the big top at Manchester’s INTU Trafford Centre with a weirdly, wonderful show. It’s safe to say, we’ve had a jam-packed year and we’ve loved every second of it! In honour of the end of another spectacular year of touring, here are just some of the highlights of our 2019.
We made another return to Butlins Minehead, Bognor Regis and Skegness and what an amazing summer we had! One particular highlight of ours was when Chico Rico made his directorial debut in ‘A day in the life of a clown’ for International Clown Week.
Two clowns are better than one!
Our Greatest Halloween Spooktacular was particularly special this year as both Andreea AND Bippo came together for the first time! Alongisde ringmaster Joel, this troublesome trio certainly caused a whole host of mayhem. The perfect way to finish such a great year!
We’d love to this this trio back together again soon!
Welcoming Simeon the juggler to the show
Simeon blew us away earlier this year when he asked if he could join Bippo in the ring, turns out he could juggle not two, not three but 10 balls! Following an audition (which he nailed) Simeon joined us for one of our performances in Dudley and simply stole the show. You can check out Simeon’s YouTube channel here.
Mayor of Dudley pays a visit
We love seeing all our wonderful fans at our shows, but every now and then we see a few familiar faces. It turns out even the likes of MPs, footballers and local celebs can’t resist stepping inside our big top when it comes to town. This year, we were fortunate enough to have the Mayor of Dudley join us!
Joel and Bippo with Councillor David Stanley, Mayor of Dudley
We finally made our return to the big top this autumn with an all-new show at Manchester’s INTU Trafford Centre. ‘A Night at the Museum’ met contemporary circus in ‘Quirki’, our first show following our sold out performances at the Lowry back in 2015. Here are some of our Cirque Surreal highlights:
Introducing… Gandeys flying saddles
Our Quirki shows featured the debut of our Gandeys flying saddles. We love coming up with new concepts to surprise and amaze our audiences with and this is one we were particularly excited about!
Our Gandeys flying saddles debuted at Cirque Surreal
We had one or two familiar faces come out to see us in Manchester, one of which was Gandey’s Circus clown Bippo’s dad (left), who just so happened to be sat next to Man City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne. Rumour has it Kevin was especially starstruck by Bippo’s dad!
Some famous faces paid us a visit in Manchester
A Cirque Surreal wedding
We are incredibly excited for our aerial skills duo, Brandon and Jacqui, who are getting married this month! Did you know that Jacqui is the daughter of cheeky chappy Chico Rico? We wonder whether he’ll be sticking to his usual Chico attire or something a little more formal for the big day?
Big congratulations to Brandon and Jacqui
Our ITV feature!
A particular highlight was when Caroline Whitmore and the ITV crew came to cover our show and talk about some of our dancers who were from the local area. We are so fortunate to have so many talented individuals from all around the globe in our shows! You can check out our feature here.
It was pretty Surreal seeing ourselves on ITV
Thank you to all our wonderful audiences members who came out to see our shows throughout 2019. And a very big thank you to all the amazing international artistes that have worked so hard in making it a wonderful tour and season! Look out for Gandeys Circus 2020 tour dates across our social media and website.