Celebrating 250 years since Philip and Patty Astley pioneered circus in London in 1768, Circus Sampler is the biggest free outdoor circus event in central London this summer.
Taking place across two weekends in the iconic setting of Somerset House, it offers an entertaining and varied line-up of exciting, outdoor shows. Plus Circus Originals, an exhibition uncovering a selection of the pioneers and new thinkers who have transformed the circus world today.
Somerset House Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court
28th & 29th July, 12pm - 5pm Marawa and the Majorettes Far From The Norm (Union Black)
25th July - 7th August Circus Originals featuring a new installation, Remember This! by Rose English. Sat - Tue: 10am - 6pm Weds - Fri: 11am - 8pm
Union Black is supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.
Union Black also received support from Institut français and was the result of an initiative, Circus250: Diverse • Real • Physical - a European collaboration between Crying Out Loud, Le Plus Petit Cirque du Monde, Subtopia and Cork Midsummer Festival.
Crying Out Loud are pioneering creative producers bringing memorable experiences to audiences of all ages and abilities from circus and physical theatre makers at site specific events, venues, and festivals across the UK. As network leaders, we nurture artists and advocate for contemporary visual theatre by making connections, initiating collaborations, and creating opportunities across Europe.