With record numbers attending Great Yarmouth Hippodrome’s Christmas circus, owner Peter Jay has unveiled exciting plans for the historic venue during the coming year.

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The Christmas spectacular and water show has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2001 and advance bookings have already put it on track to beat all previous success before the extended run ends on January 12.

Now Mr Jay plans to increase the use of the Hippodrome, reaching the end of its 110th anniversary year, by introducing new Easter and Halloween shows.

He said: “My ambition is to extend the season in Yarmouth to something more like it used to be; we have already added extra weeks at the end of our summer show and next year we might even extend the run to the middle of September.”

The new Easter production is being billed as a “live, action pirate show” for which a colourful galleon and set will be built by Gorleston firm 3D Creations. A pirate script is being written by Peter’s son Jack and actors will be joined by circus aerial artists and acrobats; the water feature will also come into use. Mr Jay said the Hippodrome would have a pirate theme for the two-and-a-half week show which will replace the shorter run of the Circus Hilarious which has toured over Easter in recent years.

A Halloween “Spook-tacular” is being planned for the October week running up to Halloween and Mr Jay said the Hippodrome would provide the perfect spooky atmosphere.

He said: “We are also looking at bringing in other shows; the Circus of Horrors is coming in March.”

Spectators have been enthralled by this year’s Christmas show, which blends the talents of youngsters from the Hippodrome-based Dance Estelle and Circus Chermond in Norwich with seasoned circus professionals from around the globe.

The fast-moving show includes a breathtaking display by rola rola expert Sasha Williams, soaring aerials by Robert Foxall, acrobatics from the African Warriors and a solo trapeze act from Eric McGill.

7 comments

  • i could not agree more remove the amusement arcade in front of the hippodrome bring it back to life as a seafront attraction also I think it should have lottery funding to bring it back to pristine condition well done peter for what you are achieving realy enjoyed the Christmas show keep it up a symonds oxford

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    alan symonds

    Monday, December 30, 2013

  • Peter Jat has certainly put a lot of life into the circus it would be great if he could put the life back into the Empire again, that was and could still be a great theatre.

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    loco

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • I could not agree more remove circus circus from the front of the hippodrome so it is once again open to the sea front for all to see like it was in billy russels days I alsotry think an iconi building like the hippodrome should have funding from the national lottery to regenerate the building as it is looking very tired and I would hate to see it end up like the winter gardens so come on g.y.c give mr jay a boost and help to get great Yarmouth back to its heydays and well done peter super xmas show and I hope many more to come

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    alan symonds

    Monday, December 30, 2013

  • Excellent news. Now let's demolish Circus Circus and open out one of the finest buildings in this town to the seafront for everyone to enjoy instead of relegating it to the back-streets.

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    Norfolkadam

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • I made a comment on Circus Circus in the article about the newly found slides of Great Yarmouth. If you have looked at them, you will see that Circus, Circus used to be on the seafront, not in the side road as it is now and my comment was in different wording, why was the amusements built in front of it when it looked perfectly good on the seafront in the first place. From the slides, Yarmouth used to be a much nicer, better, fun place than it is now, it's a shame that everything got ruined by developers wanting to make a quick buck.

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    Spooky

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • In case my first comment is not shown, Norfolkadam, take a look at the slides in the article on them being found and you will see that the Hippodrome used to be on the seafront before some idiot built in front of it and it ended up in the side road.

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    Spooky

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • Sorry must have fat fingers after christmas, should be Jay.

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    loco

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

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