All of the family can experience the thrills and daredevil entertainment of a turn-of-the-century circus when CIRCUS 1903 returns to the Southbank Centre this Christmas!

Sensational puppetry from the award-winning team behind War Horse puts elephants back in the ring as never seen before, alongside a huge cast of the most unique, jaw-dropping and dangerous acts from all four corners of the globe.

From strong men to contortionists, acrobats to musicians, knife throwers and much more, CIRCUS 1903 will amaze, captivate, and transport audiences of all ages to the mesmerising Golden Age of circus.

‘A feast of jaw-dropping acts’ – Mail on Sunday

‘Slick. Spectacular.’ - The Times

Booking Information

In light of the recent government guidance and information on Covid-19, the Southbank Centre is introducing additional precautions for visitors from Tuesday 14 December. We want to ensure that we’re doing all we can to help keep our audiences, staff and artists safe at this time.

Face coverings are currently required for entry to our buildings, and must be worn throughout your visit, including during performances and in our galleries, shops and foyers. The only exceptions to this are for those who are exempt from wearing face coverings, children under the age of 11, and when you are eating and drinking.

If you arrive at the Southbank Centre without a face covering, our Visitor Experience team will be happy to provide you with one. If you are exempt from wearing a face covering, please advise a member of the team upon arrival.

From Tuesday 14 December, in order to enter our buildings, all visitors over the age of 18 should arrive prepared to present a Covid Pass or equivalent.

Doing so is easy and can be done in one of the following ways:

Double vaccination
Status provided by Covid Pass via the NHS App or NHS website, letter via the NHS website or by calling 119, or a vaccine card and photo ID, or internationally recognised equivalent. Or

Documentation to prove a negative PCR or lateral flow test has been taken within 48 hours of your visit to the Southbank Centre
Status provided by Covid Pass via the NHS App or NHS website, or confirmation email and/or text message via the NHS self-report tool or by calling 119.


2 hours 20 mins with interval

Good To Know

Admit latecomers at an appropriate time

Additional Details & FAQ

Access Information

Access Bookings Bookable via Southbank Centre Ticket Office only

How Does It Work

You will receive an email confirmation with an e-ticket.

Suitable For Children

There is no admission for babes-in-arms.