Giffords Circus' Wild West Extravaganza

Giffords Circus' Wild West Extravaganza
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Giffords Circus’ highly anticipated 2016 tour The Painted Wagon is a Wild West extravaganza set to wow audiences this spring and summer.

Touring the South West and London from May until September, this original whip-crackin’ horse-wranglin’ hell-raisin’ show promises more of the much loved unique Giffords Circus magic. 

The tour will visit popular Giffords Circus stomping grounds opening at Fennells Farm followed by Sudeley Castle, Daylesford Organic Farm, Blenheim Palace and many more, along with a lengthened stretch at Chiswick House & Gardens, London following a rip roaring reception in 2015.

The Painted Wagon invites audiences to a spectacle of eye-catching acrobatics and aerialists from far and distant lands, dancing horses, bounty hunting and gold panning, all to the beat of the “Dodge City” Giffords Circus saloon band.

Nell Gifford, co-founder and co-producer of Giffords Circus with husband Toti, said: “This year’s show is shaping up to be another cracking tour with some wonderful new talent joining the Giffords Circus family. Without doubt the show will be one of our best yet.”

New artists and firm favourites form the critically acclaimed company. Newcomers include gun-slinging, rope-spinning teenage Cowgirl Lilian Konyot, along with Duo Lyrical Lyra, two beautiful aerialists. Giffords Circus stalwarts Madame Nancy Trotter-Landry, rodeo rider Dan Fortt, jugglers Bibi and Bichu, El Gifford (STILL WANTED) and funny man Tweedy the Clown all make a welcome return.

Top stage and screen director, Cal McCrystal will return for his fifth year as director. Cal’s portfolio of work includes comedy direction of the Royal National Theatre’s West End and Broadway hit, One Man, Two Guvnors, the clown routines in Cirque du Soleil and the original Mighty Boosh, along with comedy consultation on major movies including The Dictator, Paddington Bear and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. His current projects also include Comedy Direction of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s all-new Broadway musical School of Rock and Don Quixote at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Established in 2000 by Nell and Toti Gifford, Giffords Circus is renowned for its eclectic circus theatre fusion style. Giffords Circus experiments with the circus form, weaving theatre, opera, dance and puppetry into a 90-minute fun filled performance. Shows are always idiosyncratic, beautifully designed creations featuring a live orchestra, clowns, acrobats, horses, handmade costumes and farmyard animals.

The Painted Wagon opens at Giffords Circus’ HQ at Fennells Farm, Stroud on Friday 13 May. Throughout the tour, Giffords Circus will visit the following locations: Sudeley Castle, Daylesford Organic Farm, Blenheim Palace, Oxford University Parks, Chiswick House and Gardens, The Fox Inn at Barrington, Frampton on Severn, Minchinhampton Common, Marlborough Common and Cirencester, before returning to Fennells Farm until Sunday 25 September.

Tickets are priced from £15 for adults and from £10 for children. Children’s tickets are valid for those aged 3-14 years. Children aged 3 and under go free if sitting on a lap. Full ticket pricing can also be found on the Giffords Circus website.

Once again, Circus Sauce, the much-loved 60 cover travelling restaurant, will be inviting circusgoers to a feast like no other. New for 2016, Circus Sauce will serve lunch instead of supper on the final Sunday at any ground between 12.45 – 2.15pm. A three-course meal is priced from £30 for adults and from £15 for children aged 14 and under.  Circus Sauce is not a licensed restaurant and diners are invited to bring their own drinks including alcohol.

Tickets to The Painted Wagon are on sale now and can be purchased from the Giffords Circus website at or Box Office on 0845 459 7469. Places for Circus Sauce can also be booked through the website and Box Office.