The Moscow State Circus is famous for the world and their shows are phenomenal. Most commonly, “Moscow State Circus” refers to one of the two circus buildings in Moscow, the “Circus Nikulin” and the “Bolshoi Circus”.
The Bolshoi Circus is the “new circus” featuring trapeze and acrobatics, yet it doesn’t mean their show feature no animal, as the theme of their shows changes periodically. The Bolshoi Circus’s auditorium is a giant circular building located at the Vernadsky Prospekt, near the Moscow University. I tried to pre-purchase tickets online (as usual) before taking off to Russia, and the process is not as smooth as I thought. It was not because the website was only available in Russian (which was rather easy to navigate once I used Google translate), but despite the site offered a few payment and verification methods, I found out that a local phone number was required for the purchase, after a few attempts to get my ordered confirmed. Luckily, I texted the owner of my rental apartment in Moscow, and he was nice enough to give me his number so I could get a PIN code to confirm my purchase.
Bolshoi CIRCUS website: http://www.bolshoicircus.ru/main/
The Circus usually hosts two shows a day and I found it easier to go there in the daytime. Once I got my ticket confirmed, I had to pick up my tickets at one of the ticketing office in the city (If you have an address, the tickets could be delivered to you with an extra cost). But I found that the “ticketing booths” are located in many convenient places and some of them are in the underground malls connected to the metro station. They are open from 10:30am to 7:30pm, I had no problems picking up mine before lunch.😊
It took about 15 minutes to get there from the city center, and we arrived at the Universitet Station by metro a little bit earlier to explore the area. There weren’t much to see, as the neighborhood was rather residential, except a local market was opened at the exit of the metro station (guessed it was a Sunday); I always enjoy walking around in a local market, as it gives me a hint about the way people live in different places. I would know what food they eat, and find some good stuff at a much lower price~
Afterward, we took some pictures of the historic buildings in Moscow University and we headed to the Circus (and get warmed up a little bit).
That day was not busy I reckon it’s about 60-70% full. I wondered if it was necessary for me to go through all the drama to pre-purchase the tickets. Yet, I heard sometimes the tickets could be sold out in the high season. Once we had a walk around the face-painting, snack and souvenir booths, we sat down comfortably and got ready for the show!
The show was spectacular… Typical acrobats, gymnastics, jugglers, trapeze, adorable animals… and all the performances were tied in with a theme. The show was about a funny tourist visiting Moscow, and he had a lot of extraordinary encounters and so he posted photos on Instagram to collect “likes” and views in every place: from sexy traffic police, flexible bellboys at the hotel, juggling waiters in restaurants, gymnastic soldiers at the Red Square, sheep keepers to puppy trainers in the garden.
I found it really entertaining. The visual was bedazzling and I understood the concept even though I don’t speak the language; and the entire show was nicely designed around a theme so it wouldn’t be “just a typical” acrobatic variety show; and I appreciate the circus constantly updating the themes so the show would always be surprising and current. I was glad that the Circus successfully continuing the legacy and I was a part of it as an audience.