Cirque du Soleil's Corteo coming to the UK in June 2020

Chandelier act from the show CORTEO

Cirque du Soleil will bring its Corteo production to the UK in 2020.

It’ll be the first time the UK enchanting show has been staged for UK audiences.

Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo will play at Leeds First Direct Arena from 18 to 21 June before moving to London’s O2 Arena from 24 June to 5 July 2020.

Directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca, Corteo was first staged in in Montreal under the Big Top in April 2005. Since then the show has been seen by more than 9 million people, in 20 countries, on 4 continents.

General tickets will go on sale on Friday 18 October at 9am at cirquedusoleil.com/corteo

A synopsis of the show teases:

Corteo, which means cortege in Italian, is a joyous procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown. The show brings together the passion of the actor with the grace and power of the acrobat to plunge the audience into a theatrical world of fun, comedy and spontaneity situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth.

The clown pictures his own funeral taking place in a carnival atmosphere, watched over by quietly caring angels. Juxtaposing the large with the small, the ridiculous with the tragic and the magic of perfection with the charm of imperfection, the show highlights the strength and fragility of the clown, as well as his wisdom and kindness, to illustrate the portion of humanity that is within each of us. The music turns lyrical and playful carrying Corteo through a timeless celebration in which illusion teases reality.

Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo plays Leeds at First Direct Arena from Thursday, 18 June through to Sunday, 21 June.

Performances then begin in London at The O2 on Wednesday, 24 June playing until Sunday, 5 July.

For more information, www.cirqueclub.com

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