In a global reveal, the mother and baby elephants conceived by the award-winning puppeteers of War Horse, who will be starring in CIRCUS 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus have had their first sighting. The baby elephant will be known as Karanga around the world after a nation-wide competition for the perfect name garnered more than 5,000 entries. 

circus2_003Karanga and his mother Queenie (the world’s smallest and largest performing African elephants) rehearsed today with the international cast in preparation for the world premiere of CIRCUS 1903. The winning name of Karanga – which is a Swahili word meaning ‘peanut’ was selected by Bridget Murphy from Bentleigh East, in Melbourne.  

Starring internationally acclaimed comedian and magician David Williamson as Ringmaster, CIRCUS 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus celebrates the circus of yesteryear with performers from all over the world delighting and surprising audiences with the flexibility, bravery and sheer audacity of their acts.   

As Creative Producer Simon Painter explains “The first act takes the audience behind-the-scenes where turn-of-the-century circus performers pitch the tents and stage a grand parade through the main street of town to drum up publicity.  The second act takes place inside the tent showing off the kinds of spectacles rarely seen today.  These include HANS BECKER, The Cycling Cyclone from StuttgartJuggler Extraordinaire THE GREAT GASTON from Paris, aerial cradle performed by LES INCREDIBLES from Montrealknife throwers THE PERILOUS PERIGO’S from Brazil, LUCKY MOON from Odessa on the aerial hoop, THE SENSATIONAL SOZONOV from Moscow on rola-bola, THE FLYING FINS on Teeter board from Helsinki and the classic death-defying highwire act featuring LOS LOPE from Guadalajara.”

circus_084aCIRCUS 1903 is brought to Australia by the producers of the world’s biggest selling magic show The Illusionists 1903, which captured Australia’s imagination last summer.  CIRCUS 1903 will have its World Premiere in Canberra on 1 December then transfer to Sydney opening on 18 December before heading to Melbourne playing from 3 January.  After its Australian debut, CIRCUS 1903 transfers direct to Los Angeles and Madison Square Gardens, New York. 

Circus 1903 is presented in Sydney by the Sydney Opera House in Association with The Works Entertainment; and in Canberra by Canberra Theatre Centre in Association with Works Entertainment.

Booking Information

Venue: Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra City 
Dates: 1 – 10 December
Adult from $79 – $99 / Child $49 /Adult Preview from $59 to $79
Child Preview $39 / Discounts for Groups 8+
Transaction Fee $4.95 (per transaction)
Booking: (02) 6275 2700 or

Venue: Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall
Dates: 18 – 29 December 
Prices: Standard from $74.90* / Child from $48.90*
Transaction fee of $5 – $8.50 applies per order, except Insider members.

Venue: Regent Theatre, 191 Collins Street, Melbourne
Dates: 3 – 12 January 
Prices: Adults from $81.26 / Child from $50.68
Transaction fee of $8.90applies per order

Bookings:          1300 111 011 or