CIRQUE DU SOLEIL To Celebrate Upcoming 1000th Performance at Royal Albert Hall

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL To Celebrate Upcoming 1000th Performance at Royal Albert Hall

To mark the occasion of its 1000th Royal Albert Hall performance, Cirque du Soleil today announces a special morning performance to be held at the iconic London venue. This extra performance of the current production 'OVO' will be held on Saturday 24 February 2018 at 11.30am and is the final performance to be announced for OVO's London run. Tickets are available at a special rate of 30% off (excluding hospitality) a limited time only, by entering "1000th" in the promotion code when purchasing tickets via cirquedusoleil.com/ovo. When purchasing from royalalberthall.com enter the promotional code '1000th' when prompted. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Wednesday 31 January.

With 'OVO' receiving rave reviews from The Times ('one of the best-designed extravaganzas in Cirque's huge body of works'), Daily Telegraph ('breathtaking') and Metro ('A show packed with wall to wall, floor-to-ceiling highlights'), this additional performance is set to be a fantastic celebration of the legacy that the Royal Albert Hall has had with one of the world's greatest entertainment companies.

Since 1996, the company has brought 9 different productions at the Royal Albert Hall (Saltimbanco, Alegria, Dralion, Varekai, Quidam, Kooza, Amaluna, Totem and OVO) that have been seen by over 3 million spectators. "The support Cirque du Soleil receives from the London audiences is wonderful. We also have our own "wow" moments beginning the first time our cast and crew walks into this legendary venue and sees where they will spend the next two months. This awe continues until our final bow. It is an honour to say we perform here," says OVO Company Manager, Heather Reilly.

Lucy Noble, Artistic and Commercial Director at the Royal Albert Hall, said, "Congratulations to the amazing Cirque du Soleil on reaching this impressive milestone of 1000 performances at the Royal Albert Hall. Cirque are in prestigious company, with only the BBC Proms, to which we have been home since 1941, and the Royal Choral Society, whose first concert here was in 1871, our opening year, having performed here more times. It is particularly impressive to have reached 1000 shows in just 21 years since their first performance back in 1996. Here's to the next 1000!"

The cast of 'OVO' is comprised of 50 performing artists from 17 countries specialising in a wide variety of jaw-dropping acrobatic acts. This includes Alanna Baker from the UK, who plays the role of the Black Spider in the show. Having trained at Heathrow, she was crowned gymnastics European Champion in 2011 and won Bronze in the World Championships in 2012. Alanna, who has been training since she was five years old has travelled around the world with 'OVO' to countries as far reaching as Japan and Australia and is now set for a return to her home here in the UK.

Having thrilled more than 5 million people worldwide since the show premiered in Montreal in 2009 as a Big Top show, 'OVO' embarks on a journey, offering the same captivating production as the Big Top performances, but on a larger scale now, visiting major arenas and venues including London's iconic Royal Albert Hall.

'OVO', meaning "egg" in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives. It is love at first sight when a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye - and the feeling is mutual.

Later this year, 'OVO' will embark on a brand-new UK arena tour next summer, starting in Liverpool on 16 August 2018, and the show will then visit Sheffield, Newcastle, Glasgow, Nottingham, Leeds, Manchester and finally Birmingham, ending on 7 October 2018. Tickets for the tour are on sale now and can be bought via the Cirque du Soleil website or at www.livenation.co.uk

Tickets are on sale now, and for a truly unforgettable Cirque Du Soleil experience a collection of brand-new premium, and VIP experiences for all the family are also available. Tickets can be bought via the Cirque du Soleil website or www.royalalberthall.com or 020 7589 8212.

The Creative Team behind the world of 'OVO' is: Artistic Guides Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix; Writer, Director and Choreographer Deborah Colker (first female director at Cirque du Soleil); Director of Creation Chantal Tremblay; Set and props Designer Gringo Cardia; Costume Designer Liz Vandal; Composer and Musical Director Berna Ceppas; Lighting Designer Éric Champoux; Sound Designer Jonathan Deans and for the first time at Cirque du Soleil: Rigging and Acrobatic Equipment Designer Fred Gérard; Acrobatic Performance Designer Philippe Aubertin; and Makeup Designer Julie Bégin.

Cirque du Soleil brings 'OVO' to London's Royal Albert Hall for an eight-week run until 4 March 2018, continuing the UK's longstanding relationship with Cirque du Soleil, one of the world's greatest entertainment companies.

Tickets for the morning performance of 'OVO' at 11.30am on Saturday 24 February 2018 will go on sale at 9am on Wednesday 31 January.



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