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
The Giant Wheel – The Diorio Boys
The Rubstsov Troupe
The Catwall Trampoline
The Ringmaster – Mr Stanislav Knyazkov
Juggler – Juan Pablo Martinez
Quick Change Transformation – Sixto & Lucia
Stas & Vas – A comic interlude

In Association with


Jacaranda FM
Monte Casino



Our Performers

The Ringmaster

– Mr Stanislav Knyazkov

Every great circus must have a Ringmaster and the Great Moscow Circus has the best! Mr Stanislav Kniazkov is a graduate of the famed Moscow City School of Circus Arts, and comes to South Africa on December 22 after a brilliant guest season with Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey where he became an audience favourite across The United States.

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. An amazing piece of precision-built circus equipment – spinning at a furious pace, with four fearless acrobats truly risking their all to bring an act that will have South Africa talking for years. Over four tonnes of spinning, shining chrome – looks difficult and looks dangerous! And it really, truly is. These four boys are circus royalty, admired by audiences and their fellow artists alike.

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 – a clown who speaks all languages without saying a word … he pops in and out of the programme several times and is always a joy to laugh with.


– Juan Pablo Martinez

From Mexico. A brilliant young performer in huge demand around the world, from The Swiss National Circus- Knie, to Billy Smart’s famous UK Circus.

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? A trick or a sleight of hand? You’ll be puzzled and thoroughly entertained.   All the way from Havana, Cuba.

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?   You’d have to say the Russians invented “Mega Skipping”.

The Catwall Trampoline

– Five talented, amazingly agile performers

Guest stars from Canada: five talented, amazingly agile performers. Duo trampoline and a spectacular glass wall – truly off the wall.

The Giant Trapeze

– Leader: Artem Shykavets

Those daring young men on the flying trapeze are a band of pirate look-a-likes from Belarus – flying high above the circus ring, performing passes, somersaults and marvellous aesthetically beautiful and always dangerous feats.

The Marionette

– Vitali Kazak and Dariia

A lyrical ,theatrical delight. Something new for the Circus art. Modern circus at its best

The Globe of Death

– The Finale!

The biggest act in the show – one of the premiere troupes of the Great Moscow Circus.   Lead by Sergei Rubtsov – he makes it looks easy but in reality its danger personified. Timing, team work, training – all in a whirlwind of non-stop acrobatic action.

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.

Acrobats on Fastrack

– Rubtsov Troupe

The biggest act in the show – one of the premiere troupes of the Great Moscow Circus.   Lead by Sergei Rubtsov – he makes it looks easy but in reality its danger personified. Timing, team work, training – all in a whirlwind of non-stop acrobatic action.

The Rubber Man

– Emin Abudllaev

Weird, wonderful, eye-popping and totally amazing. From far-away Dagestan, the most exotic corner of the world.

Stas & Vas

– A comic interlude

…. nothing but good hearted fun!

Horizontal Bar

– The Magolas

taking Olympic skills to new levels – superb athletics – gold medal standards. The Ukraine’s brightest stars.