June 27 - 30, 2017

CIRCUS 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus

Musical Theater Series, Ordway Music Theater

The producers of the world’s biggest magic show, The Illusionists have teamed up with the award-winning puppeteers from War Horse to present a thrilling turn of the century circus spectacular.

Sensational puppetry puts Elephants back in the ring as never seen before along with a huge cast of the most unique, amazing and dangerous circus acts from all four corners of the world, from strong men to contortionists, acrobats to musicians, knife throwers, high wire and much more!

Discover the golden age of circus this summer as CIRCUS 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus sets to captivate audiences of all ages.

Pre-show Entertainment and Activities

Come early to interact and play with a local performer Benjamin Domask! Through juggling, mime, jokes, and improvised silliness Benjamin engages and sets the mood for a wonderful night of circus style entertainment. Guests of all ages will see the Ordway with new eyes as they play and explore with Benjamin before the show.

Crafts and snacks for kids will also be available in the Target Atrium pre-show.

Intermission Entertainment

During intermission, the Circus continues in the lobbies with Twin Cities Trapeze!

Beer Tasting with Brooklyn Brewery

Come to the Ordway early on Thursday, June 29 for a FREE tasting with Brooklyn Brewery. Mingle with friends and sample some of Brooklyn’s many delicious offerings!



This presentation of CIRCUS 1903 the Golden Age of Circus is made possible by a generous grant from the Securian Foundation.

Accessible Performances

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Thursday, June 29, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Recommended Music Theater seating locations for ASL-Interpreted performances (subject to availability):


Tour FAQs

Q: Is this family friendly? Can I bring my kids?
A: Absolutely. This is a show for all ages!

Q: Does Circus 1903 feature a live elephant?
A: No. The elephants featured in Circus 1903 are puppets, brought to life by the talented team at Significant Object (the award-winning puppeteers from War Horse). Circus 1903 is a very unique show in that it takes aspects of the traditional circus but puts a fresh, innovative and more humane spin on them. One of those new directions is using carefully constructed and realistic puppets in place of actual animals.