The Russian circus is an art form cherished throughout nations of the former Soviet Union. Most large cities have permanent circus buildings each with their own professional troupe, while traveling circuses, with special acts, tour nationally and internationally as well.
For over two centuries circus has been an important part of Russia's rich cultural heritage. From its beginning in the 18th century court of Catherine the Great, through the Soviet era, until present, Russian circus has remained a favorite form of entertainment, even during times of great change within Russian society.
The reason for its popularity and longevity, a quality that sets the Russian circus apart from all its contemporaries - from ballet and opera to sporting events and cinema - is its universal appeal. Circus is enjoyed by all, regardless of race, religion, language, social class, education or age. Its a truly universal form of entertainment.
Its for this reason that beloved Russian circus performers receive so much admiration. Names like Karandash, Oleg Popov, Yury Nikulin and Mikhail Shuidin (all famous circus clowns), are as familiar in Russian culture as those of other famous Russians.
Yury Nikulin and Mikhail Shuidin
Moscow has two world renowned circuses. Both are spectacular shows that will entertain and amuse spectators of any age. If it's been a while since you've been to a circus (even if you don't have kids), treat yourself. You won't be disappointed.
Address: 7 Prospekt Vernadskovo, Moscow
Phone: 7 (495) 930-0300
Address: 13 Tsvetnoi Boulevar, Moscow
Metro: Tsvetnoi Bulvar
Phone: 7 (495) 625-8970
Learn more about regional circus in cities throughout Russia, Ukraine and the former Soviet Union. Simply follow a link to your preferred city.