Chapelfield Summer Circus


September 2020


Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich

Chapelfield Summer Circus is back for a third year with another fantastic weekend of top quality, international circus.

The exciting new lineup will be announced soon.

Stay tuned and follow this page for any news and possible delays that may happen due to COVID-19.


Thursday 11 July

Book both shows at the same time for £20 – by phone or in person only  

Friday 12 July

  • 7.15pm Hotel Paradiso– £14 adult / £9.50 concession
  • 10pm Late Night Cabaret – £14 adult / £9.50 concession (minimum ages 16, under 18s must be acompanied by an adult)

Saturday 13 July

  • 11am-1.30pm Oak Circus Family workshops – FREE
  • 2pm Ethiopian Dreams – £14 adult / £9.50 concession
  • 3.30-6.30pm Outdoor circus fun – FREE
  • 7.15pm Ethiopian Dreams – £14 adult / £9.50 concession
  • 10pm Late Night Cabaret – £14 adult / £9.50 concession (minimum ages 16, under 18s must be acompanied by an adult)

Sunday 14 July

Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams

‘needs to be seen to be believed … pure circus gold’ ★★★★ The Scotsman ‘will knock your socks off’ ★★★★ The Times Ethiopian Dreams is an incredible, jaw-droppingly joyful extravaganza of colour, excitement and fun. To thumping African beats the 15 strong cast showcase high-flying acrobatics, unimaginable acts of contortion, comedy clowning and feats of strength and skill. It follows the magical true tale of brothers Bibi and Bichu, who dreamed as little boys of joining the circus and grew up to help raise a phenomenal new tradition of circus in Ethiopia. Weaving their story through death-defying tricks and stunning ensemble feats of juggling, human juggling, contortion, hoop-diving and Chinese pole, the show is a joy- filled journey through Ethiopia’s rich artistic traditions and a transformative celebration of circus itself. Trailer  

Lost in Translation: Hotel Paradiso

‘The UK’s most highly acclaimed family circus company’ What’s On Stage ‘a gorgeous, good-natured hour-long confection of acrobatics, aerialism and balance-work’ Libby Purves, Theatre Cat This new show from Norwich’s own international circus company, Lost in Translation, features a multinational cast of six highly skilled acrobats, clowns and jugglers. Daring, breath-taking aerial skills, stunning floor acrobatics and juggling blend seamlessly with laugh out loud clowning and physical comedy. The result is a show that delivers thrills, gasps, laughs and drama aplenty for both adults and children to enjoy. The stage becomes a physical playground as the staff of Hotel Paradiso battle to save their home and livelihood from repossession by the dastardly banker and his mountainous sidekick.  

Late Night Cabaret

A thrilling daring and risqué late-night variety show hosted by Dusty Limits, trailblazer of contemporary cabaret. See the finest international circus performers alongside cheeky burlesque and comedy. Includes: Vendetta Vain -burlesque Joe Keeley – silks Ian Marchant – gentleman juggler Claudia Hughes – contortionist Crystal Stacey (Hot Brown Honey) – aerial Plus acts from Annabel Carberry, Natasha Rushbrook and Fern Carpenter from the Lost in Translation team, and other surprises! MC Dusty Limits is one of the most celebrated figures on the ‘new cabaret’ scene. He’s known for his amazing three-octave ranging voice and his interpretations of songs of the Weimar era as well as those by Jacques Brell, Kurt Weill and David Bowie. “The compere without compare’ The Stage Age 16+ (Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult)


New show inspired by J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, with a loose narrative around this classic, much-loved story. Combining dance and circus skills from students aged 8-17 from Norfolk Academy for Dance & Circus Arts this is your chance see the future stars of circus in Norwich.  

Oak Circus Community Cabaret

 Cabaret style show featuring students alongside circus professionals. Performances will include aerial and acrobatic work, juggling and manipulation. This show gives students, with varying levels of experience, a chance to perform in public and put together a routine to demonstrate their skills. Perfect family entertainment for a Sunday afternoon.

Workshops and outdoor entertainment

Drop-in workshops and circus skills instruction for all ages outside the big top circus tent. Come along and have a go at a range of circus skills with support from professional performers and tutors. Who knows – you might discover your’re a natural juggler or acrobat! And on Saturday afternoon there’ll be all sorts of outdoor performances and walkabout acts.