Premieres 22 December

Under The Mighty Big Top at Montecasino Johannesburg

The world’s favourite circus is back in town!!

The world-famous Great Moscow Circus is returning to South Africa with an all new world premiere program.


Committed to a kinder world, The Great Moscow Circus South Africa contains no animal acts.

Regarded as Russia’s most-famous calling card, the Great Moscow Circus is coming to South Africa at a cost of R80 million, with a two-hour programme of sensational, affordable, family entertainment, capturing all the thrills and fun of the circus of yesteryear with all the skill and daring of today’s circus heroes.

Featuring more than 65 circus super stars, including the best from Russia and the cream of the international circus world, the Great Moscow Circus brings with it more than 100 tonnes of equipment.

It will perform every possible circus favourite – the funniest clowns, the most-daring acrobats, death-defying daredevils, aerial artists, balancers, showgirls and much more – all supported by a live circus band and under the fabulous 1,700 all-chair seating, air-conditioned mighty Great Moscow Circus Big Top tent.

Back by popular demand is ringmaster, Stanislav “Stas” Knyazkov, fresh from a US season with Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey, where he was an audience favourite. Stas will have a huge supporting cast in 18 thrilling acts.



It takes a massive team to bring a major international circus tour to South Africa.

The Russian Clown – Dimitri Shindrov
Aerial Flyers
The Rubstsov Troupe
Contortionist & Hand Balancer
Aerial Flyers
The Rubstsov Troupe
The Russian Clown – Dimitri Shindrov
Contortionist & Hand Balancer

In Association with


Jacaranda FM
Monte Casino



Our Performers

The Ringmaster

– Mr Stainslav Knyazkov

Every Great Circus must have a Ringmaster and the Great Moscow Circus has the best!
Mr Stanislav Knyazkov is a graduate of the famed Moscow City School of Circus Arts, and comes to South Africa after a brilliant guest season with Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey where he became a favorite of audiences across The United States.

Aerial Flyers

– Ekaterina Rubtsova & Dimitri Efremkin

Soar into the heights of The Big Top.  Two of the youngest performers in the circus, taking the circus art to a new artistic level.  Believe it or not, they perform with absolutely no safety equipment — no wires, no net, no room for error.  It’s “heart-in-the-mouth, edge-of-the-seat stuff.  The new generation of Russia – fearless and supremely beautiful.

The Globe of Death

– Steel Globe motorcyclists

Just as you thought you couldn’t take any more – the Great Moscow Circus brings you the biggest Globe of Death Motorcycle act ever to hit these shores.  Not one, not two, not three, not four but FIVE speeding motorbikes, trapped in the same steel globe – how can they possibly survive?

Rolla Bolla

– Sascha Williams

Edge-of-the-seat, nail-biting tension.  Higher and higher he goes, balancing one cylinder on another – hold your breath, don’t move … the slightest slip could spell disaster.

Contortionist & Hand Balancer

– Andrey Katkov

Talk about tying yourself into a knot!   Eye-popping, seemingly impossible, quirky, unusual.

Who Can skip?

– Mega Skipping

From the playground to the world’s most famous circus ring – fast and furious and lots of fun – and isn’t that the biggest, longest skipping rope you’ve ever seen?

The Sarfargalania Family of Jugglers

– The Sarfargalania Family

Back by popular demand – a juggling dynasty lead by Guiliana Sarfargalania – taught to juggle by her father even before she could walk.

Quick Change Transformation

– Sixto & Lucia

Don’t blink or you’ll miss this amazing act – beautiful costumes, one then another and another and yet another. Illusion or magic?

The Giant Wheel

– The Diorio Boys

If you think you’ve seen the Giant Wheel before – think again!  Not on one double wheel but two! Exclusive to the 2017 Great Moscow Circus. Over 4 tonnes of spinning, shining chrome – looks difficult!

Comic Interlude

– Stas & Vas

A comic interlude…. nothing but good hearted fun!

The Rubber Man

Weird, wonderful and totally amazing.


– Horizontal Bar

Taking Olympic skills to new levels – superb athletics – gold medal standards.

The Rubstsov Troupe

– Acrobats

Acrobats at a million miles an hour on the Fast Track!!  The Rubtsov Troupe.
The biggest act in the show – one of the premiere troupes of the Great Moscow Circus.

Swan Lake

– The Ballet

Yes, ballet comes to the circus ring.   Guests from the People’s Republic of China.
A change of mood – beautiful, awe-inspiring – these two would make the Bolshoi jealous!

The Russian Clown

– Dmitri Shindrov

This clown is a one man circus!  Hilariously funny, an inheritor of the great Russian clowning tradition – think of Popov, Nikulin, Diamandi – now Shindrov adds his name to the pantheon of clever, traditional,  loveable clowns.