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Official Website:Big Apple Circus: The Grand Tour
Location:City Hall Plaza, Boston, MA map
Phone:(888) 541-3750
Dates:Thursday, March 24, 2016 - Sunday, May 8, 2016
Ages:Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
Cost:$$ see below

Big Apple Circus: The Grand TourStep right up as the Big Apple Circus returns to town with the Boston premiere of The Grand Tour, the company’s 38th season production. Playing under the Big Top at City Hall Plaza, Boston.

The Grand Tour transports audiences to the Roaring 1920s, the advent of the modern travel era, when the most adventuresome began touring the world in ships, planes, trains, and automobiles.

With every seat less than 50 feet from the stage, audiences will be awed by the world-class entertainers as they perform breathtaking acts from the four corners of the globe.

Clowns, jugglers, acrobats, and aerialists from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America appear with ponies, puppies and more; the troupe sets off on a whirlwind adventure, accompanied by the live, seven-piece Big Apple Circus Band at each performance.

Four-time Big Apple Circus ringmaster John Kennedy Kane returns to introduce a variety of stunning performers: clowns Joel Jeske and Brent McBeth; third-generation circus animal trainer Jenny Vidbel with her pony and dog acts; aerialist Sergey Akimov; international juggling sensation Alexander Koblikov; ninth-generation circus performer Chiara Anastasini with hula hoops; the Dominguez Brothers defying the law of gravity with their thrill-filled act featuring the Wheel of Wonder; Chinese hand balancers The Energy Trio; the African acrobatic troupe Zuma Zuma; and the Dosov Troupe soaring on the teeterboard.

The company will present the following special performances:

Circus of the Senses
Circus of the Senses will take place on Tuesday, March 29 and Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 11am. Circus of the Senses performances are specially adapted to enable children and adults with vision or hearing impairments and other disabilities to experience the joy and wonder of the circus.

Through the use of audio headsets, Braille descriptive programs, American Sign Language interpreters, and a special “touch session” for selected participants after the show, anyone and everyone can enjoy Big Apple Circus’

The Grand Tour! Tickets for Circus of the Senses are $12.50 ($10 for groups of 10 or more). For tickets, please visit www.bigapplecircus.org/circus-of-the-senses to fill out a ticket application form. Please note that submitting the ticket application form does not guarantee tickets. Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis to eligible groups. Priority is given to children with vision and hearing impairments and their chaperones. No ticket requests will be taken by telephone.

Big Apple Circus Embraces Autism
This performance will take place on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 11am. Big Apple Circus has joined with world-renowned Autism Spectrum Disorders experts to adapt The Grand Tour for families with members on the spectrum and create a joyful experience for all.

The adapted show includes the same world-class artistry as the full performance with a shorter running time, adjusted lights and sound, a calming center, pictorial social narratives, and specially trained staff and volunteers to assure a memorable event for everyone! All tickets to this special performance, a 75-minute abbreviated show, are half price ($12.50–$37.50).

The Grand Tour Family Fun Day
On Saturday, April 16, 2016. The fun starts at 3:30pm with interactive entertainment by our Clown Doctors, followed by a full performance of The Grand Tour, and then dessert in the Ring with the performers. Plus free popcorn for all and free goody bags for the kids! Tickets start at $30. All proceeds support Big Apple Circus Clown Care® at Boston Children’s Hospital, as well as our adapted performances.

Performances of The Grand Tour begin on Thursday, March 24 and run through Sunday, May 8 under the Big Top at 1 City Hall Plaza (Government Center), Boston, MA 02201, following the show’s World Premiere engagement at Lincoln Center, NYC and month-long engagement in Bridgewater, NJ.

Tickets for The Grand Tour start at $25 and are available at www.bigapplecircus.org or by calling (888) 541-3750.


Tickets range in price from $25 to $100 for evening performances and from $20 to $40 for 11 AM weekday matinees. Tickets are available by calling (888) 541-3750 or at www.bigapplecircus.org.


  • Performances are under the Big Top at City Hall Plaza. The Big Top is heated in cold weather and air–conditioned in warm weather for all–season comfort.

  • Buy One Get One Free Offer! - Abbreviated 75-minute show with no intermission. Omits two acts. Tickets must be purchased in multiples of two. Buy One Get One Free offer is based on the regular full price of a ticket. With the purchase of two tickets for the same performance each ticket will be issued at a face value of 50% off.
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