When the circus rolls into town in February, it will have a very special star in tow whose name is synonymous with fun.
Bippo the Clown will lead the cast of Circus Spectacular, who will trade the Big Top for Tyne Theater & Opera House, where audiences will be treated to magical acts, juggling, acrobatics and trapeze performances.
And at the heart of the February 19 show, presented by Shone Productions, will be Bippo.
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Gareth ‘Bippo’ Ellis made his acting debut at age nine and has been building his showbiz reputation ever since.
In his early days his parents bought a small caravan and they would go to Zippo’s Circus during the school holidays and this is where his clown name was born.
At a publicity session for the circus, he was asked what his name was and boss Martin “Zippo” Burton replied, “He’s a baby Zippo, that’s why his name is Bippo!”
And as Bippo, he has since appeared on TV in shows including Blue Peter and The Sooty Show, while other appearances have included Big Brother and his own BBC3 documentary Send In The Clowns.
At the Newcastle theater he will be joined by his partner Miss Chelsea, who herself started in the circus at the age of 16 and whose multiple talents include a hula hoop act; aerial acrobatics, trapeze and roller skating.
Joining them will be a cast of international performers, including juggler Alfio Macaggi, a fourth-generation circus performer from one of Spain’s most famous circus dynasties, and the former Chipperfields Circus duo Salsky, known for ‘death-defying’ routines such as The Wheel of Death. , Rolla Rolla and roller skates and whose young sons – The Salvador Brothers – also perform acrobatic routines that they have previously shown on CBBC.
The show’s producer, James Shone, says: “Circus Spectacular will be a huge hit with family audiences.
“The show is full of amazing artists from all walks of life, who have worked hard to develop their skills and become the very best they can be.”
He added: “Mixed with their showmanship and enthusiasm, you are sure to enjoy yourself!”
For tickets, which cost £16.50, for Circus Spectacular, which will be at Tyne Theater on February 19 at 3pm, see here.
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