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  • Moscow State Circus | Is it worth going?

    The circus comes to Aberdeen every single year but up until this year, I hadn’t been in maybe as long as 10 years. 10 years! We used to go every year as a family then one year, I remember thinking how boring that show was and we never ended up going again.

    But this year, Blair and I thought it would be a nice change for something to do in an evening so purchased some tickets. We had no idea what to expect.

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    The production is called GOSTINISTA which, if I’m correct, translates to ‘hotel’. This is the theme of the show and is tied together by award winning clowns, the Chervotkins Duo, guiding the performance dressed in Butler and Maid attire.

    The show ran in Aberdeen from 19th July – 5th August – unfortunately it’s over for those who were keen to go in Aberdeen, but this post could be helpful for the next time the Moscow State Circus comes to town. And, for those out-with Aberdeen, there are still plenty opportunities for you to go watch in the next couple months.


    We purchased Grandstand tickets which are the most common seat in the Big Top costing roughly £27. These gave us a perfect, front on view of the stage and all the acts. The VIP ringside seats are the seats closest to the stage. Honestly, I don’t think these are that necessary because much of the act is in the air, you can see perfectly from where ever you are positioned and for an extra £6 per ticket, it just seems like wasted money in my opinion.

    The Acts

    Let’s start with the Chervotkins clown duo, who are a male and female duo. They were hilarious. It took me a little while to warm up to them but Blair was chucking away from the minute we sat down. There were jokes for all ages which was great for us adults who aren’t as easily amused as children. They helped make the hotel theme clear throughout the acts that they performed and had the whole audience laughing at all times, sometimes out of cringing, but that’s all part of the fun.

    Some jaw dropping action comes from the Didyk Troupe. These guys are insanely talented. Watching their stunts will have you on the edge of your seat and smiling in awe at the entertainment they provide. They are a huge part of the show and have several different ‘death defying’ segments throughout, showcasing just how talented these men really are.

    The Alikhanov troupe are the other group that perform in the circus. Their acts involve entertainment such as trapeze, acrobatics and tightrope walking. All of which are mesmerising to see with your own eyes. Like the Didyk troupe, their stunts are incredible to witness and leave you feeling amazed. It’s crazy how brave everyone in the circus is because one wrong move and they could go crashing to the ground which for the majority of the acts, is a long way to fall.

    Continuing on with the theme, one aspect I enjoyed was that after the interval they announced that the second half was the ‘2nd floor’ (hotel reference) and that they were taking the stunts higher. I thought this was a great idea to help sell the theme they were portraying.

    Would I recommend?

    Yes, I would. I think it was an incredibly well put together show with some brilliantly talented acts.

    Also, the show lasted longer than I expected it to – our show started at 7.45pm and we were departing the Big Top at roughly 9.50pm – so it’s definitely a worth while trip if you are looking for something to do over Summer.

    We had a great night and I don’t doubt you will too!

    What are your thoughts on the circus? Have you been, do you want to go? Let me know!

    And if you’re looking for more Summer holiday activity ideas, why not read my Drum Castle post for inspiration.


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