THE circus is coming to town!
Russia's strongest man will be among the clowns, acrobats, jugglers and trapeze artists making up Moscow State Circus when it visits Huddersfield next month.
Show chiefs say young and old are in for a real treat as the performers display death-defying skills in the big top in Greenhead Park between Tuesday September 21 and Sunday September 26.
With no camera trickery or special effects, troupe members are set to be pushed to the limits of their strength and skill. An unforgettable night is promised for their audience.
The Moscow State Circus is regarded by many as the world's best.
Strongman Bakhrom Akhnazarov has created an act that sees him run over by a 4x4 vehicle, while Natalia Egorova brings grace to her aerial performance.
Clowns Foma and Yeryoma will provide plenty of laughs.
Other stars include high wire walkers Highlanders on the highest indoor wire in the world, acrobat group Slavos, trapeze artists Sky Travellers, and the juggling Bugrova Sisters and Anichkin Wizards.
The circus tradition began about 200 years ago in Russia and became particularly popular under the Communist regime.
The Moscow State Circus is a chance to see a colourful display of the nation's cultural heritage.
Its all-new production brings a host of unseen talent.
Witnessing one of the greatest live shows on earth could truly be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
* The circus as we now know it began in Britain in 1768, when cavalry officer Philip Astley gave open-air displays standing on a horse as it rode around a ring. The roped-off area measured 42ft in diameter. That created the ideal centrifugal force to balance a rider as the horse sped round at full speed.
* Now, on any given Saturday, 180,000 people experience a live circus in the UK.
* The largest-ever gathering of clowns took place in Bognor Regis, Sussex, in 1991, when 850 came from all over the world for their annual convention.
* The largest gathering of elephants in a circus was 55. The Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey toured as the Greatest Show on Earth, transporting them from city to city by train.