‘Circus 1903' brings classic big-top thrills to Vegas. Yes, there will be elephants, just not live ones

Ringmaster Willy Whipsnade introduces a young girl to Peanut, a baby elephant brought to life by puppeteers during “Circus 1903’s” New York City run.
(Scott Levy / MSG)

In Las Vegas, the circus is coming. But it’s now what you think. After 146 years, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey packed up its tents for the last time in May.

Now, a re-imagined show called “Circus 1903” brings the old-time feel of the circus — without live animals — will come to Paris Las Vegas on July 25 for a five-month run.

The cast of "Circus 1903" takes a curtain call at the end of a performance in New York's Madison Square Garden.
(Scott Levy / MSG Photos)

The Paris Theater, which was home to “Jersey Boys” until it closed in September, will be transformed into a big top for the staging of a turn-of-the-century circus, complete with two “elephants.”


The pachyderms in this show — Mom Queenie and her calf, Peanut — are giant puppets, crafted by the puppeteers who brought horses to life in the hit stage play “War Horse.”

Circus hands give Queenie, the mother elephant, a bath while her baby, Peanut, looks on.
(Scott Levy / MSG)

The elephants appear throughout the show as Queenie teaches Peanut the ropes of life in a circus. They’re joined by Willy Whipsnade, the slick ringmaster, and the usual acts such as contortionists, a juggler, knife throwers, a strongman and trapeze artists.

“Circus 1903” is produced by Simon Painter and Tim Lawson. The pair has staged circus-themed shows and Broadway musicals in more than 300 cities around the world.

Suspended from the ceiling, acrobat Lucky Moon performs classic trapeze moves.
(Scott Levy / MSG)

The Vegas incarnation of the Greatest Show on Earth will play at 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. There also will be 3 p.m. shows Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. “Circus 1903” will be in town through Dec. 31.

Tickets cost $49 to $129. They can be purchased online or by calling (702) 777-2782.

The Great Gaston, a juggler, entertains the audience during a New York City performance of "Circus 1903."
(Scott Levy/MSG)

Info: “Circus 1903”



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