Cirque Du Soleil. We've all heard of it, but how many of us have actually been to a show? I hadn't and admittedly had preconceptions of a circus. A sleeker, more grown-up, Royal Albert Hall-style circus...but a circus nonetheless. I was about to be proved wrong.
If you have been jet-setting you may have seen Ovo (Portuguese for egg) before as it premiered in Montreal in 2009, but this is its London debut. This particular incarnation is set in an insect-inspired world of colourful ants, spiders and dragonflies whose lives are disrupted by a mysterious egg. The show is two hours of acrobatic acts, music and slapstick, clowning comedy.
The whole show has a vibrant, carnival feel, bursting with infectious energy that you can't help but be swept along with.
While all the acts are impressive to say the least, special mention must be given to the “trampo wall” where crickets effortlessly bounce up and down an 8 metre vertical wall. Meanwhile, a high-flying trapeze performance had acrobats continuously somersaulting 14 metres above the ground, keeping you on the edge of your seat.
As with many of the London theatres, the seats at the Royal Albert Hall are not the most comfortable for sitting in for any length of time (especially if, like me, you’re experiencing some pregnancy back pain).
I cannot say from experience, as my bun is still baking away in its oven, but the Royal Albert Hall is committed to being family-friendly. There is lift access, buggy storage (although this is limited) and if you fancy a nibble pre or post performance the Verdi Italian Kitchen has a children’s menu and highchairs so no-one will be getting hangry during the show.
South Kensington tube station doesn’t have step-free access so if you do have very little ones in tow Green Park might be a better bet. Bus numbers 9, 10, 52 and 452 also stop right outside the building.
Catching a matinee at 3pm or 3:30pm could also avoid a temper tantrum from an overtired toddler.
If you want to go all out, there are two VIP family packages on offer, the Family Fun Circus Box and the Family Fun Adventure Package. Adult tickets start at £200 for each of these, so they’d definitely be an extra special treat.
The show runs until 4th March. For tickets visit or call the box office on 0207 589 8212.