Any Port in a Storm

  • Giffords Circus 2017
  • Giffords Circus 2017
  • Giffords Circus 2017
  • Giffords Circus 2017

Gifford Circus kicks up a tempest with its 2017 tour: a Baroque romp decked out with all the trappings of the Spanish Golden Age

You could never accuse Giffords Circus of a lack of ambition. Visionary ringleaders Nell and Toti Gifford (and their peerless circus creatives) have never shied away from the most foreboding of source material: from riffing on War and Peace (in 2011) and Greek myth (in 2014’s The Thunders), they’ve always aimed big and bold, year after year.

Now the sumptuous paintings of Diego Velasquez provide the canvas for another year of heart-stopping acrobatics, equestrian stunts - and all the other Gifford frolics loyal audiences have come to expect.

Giffords’ favourite fool, Tweedy, has stumbled into a new, unlikely home: the 17th century court of King Philip IV (as portrayed by David Pillukat).

And as you can imagine, the clown’s signature antics are destined to collide with the high pomposity and etiquette that only the most extravagant Spanish aristocrats can muster. It’s not long before the old order is upended.

This year there’s been such an assembly of talent in the Giffords court that even a king would blush. Celebrated screen and stage director (and physical comedy supremo) Cal McCrystal (One Man Two Guvnors) has returned for a sixth stint at Giffords, along with an ensemble of top-notch international acts.

Any Port in a Storm incorporates a Cuban troupe (infusing the Spanish court with some rather aristocratic acrobatics) an Italian juggler, a Spanish comedy duo, a Hungarian Csikos rider and a Ukrainian flyer. (And let’s not forget Russian gymnast Sergii Poliakov).

Of course, no Giffords show is complete without rambunctious blast of live music - and musical director James Keay is bringing us some promisingly entitled ‘Baroque Rock.’ And very excitingly, West End superstar costume designer takis has also been charged with blending the lavish Spanish fashions of the period with the signature Giffords flair.

But you’ll have to ready your carriages if you want to catch the show. This circus storm’s already tearing its way around the landscape after launching on Friday 12th May at Fennells Farm in Stroud.

This year’s locations include Sudeley Castle, Daylesford Organic Farm, Blenheim Palace and Chiswick House & Gardens in London. (New for 2017 is the stately Stonor Park in Henley- on-Thames, Oxfordshire).

Tickets to Any Port In A Storm are on sale now and can be purchased from the Giffords Circus website at or Box Office on 0845 459 7469. Places for Circus Sauce can also be booked through the website and Box Office.

Images courtesy of Gem Hall Photography


            •           12 – 15 May Fennells Farm, Stroud

            •           18 – 22 May Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe

            •           25 May – 5 June Daylesford Organic Farm, Kingham

            •           8 – 12 June Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

            •           15 – 26 June Oxford University Parks, Oxford

            •           29 June – 10 July Chiswick House & Gardens, London

            •           13 – 17 July Stonor Park, Henley-on-Thames

            •           20 – 31 July The Fox Inn, Barrington

            •           3 – 7 August Frampton on Severn, Village Green

            •           10 – 21 August Minchinhampton Common

            •           24 August – 4 September Marlborough Common

            •           7 – 18 September Stratton Meadows, Cirencester

•           21 – 24 September Fennells Farm, Stroud