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“Definitely not for animal lovers”

Nikulin Moscow Circus on Tsvetnoi Bulvar
Ranked #8 of 291 Concerts & Shows in Moscow
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Known for its excellent shows and great costumes, this small circus, with clowns, acrobats and jugglers, is a popular draw for children.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Call me naive, but didn't realise the extent to which animals were included in the performances. Lions and tigers and bears (quite literally). Was really sad to see. Also they had tigers "on display" before the performance and during intermission for people to take photos with. It's 2018?

This was a massive shame as the rest of the circus was fantastic! the performers were talented and this would have been more than adequate entertainment. Overall struggled to get past seeing the animals treated in this way and forced to perform.

If you do still want to go, you can book tickets online in advance (i got a pretty decent seat for 1500). Shop around as a lot of the websites vary. Check out the trip advisor forums for the best english websites to purchase tickets. A few of them require you to have a Russian mobile phone number. Performance starts 7pm and runs for 2.5 hours, including one intermission.

1  Thank Elyse D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ok, let me get the challenging part out of the way ... if you’re against animals in captivity , this will be a challenge in parts. And admittedly I’m no expert , but all the animals looked healthy and well fed.

Aside from that, I’ve never seen such a performance - consummate professionals , amazing athletes and the star of the show, the clown.

If you’re here for the World Cup, like I am, drop the football and beer for a couple hours and treat yourself. It’s 10 mins from city centre, and basic to get to.

And you don’t need to understand Russian.

You wont regret it - Go!

1  Thank Kevz76
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Opened in 1880 and then named after Yuri Nikulin, an excellent performer, it’s a Marvellous show with wonderful performances of artists and animals. A must watch in Moscow.

1  Thank RSPADV
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nikulin Circus is something not to be missed upon , hats off to its performers & All the people who make this show as a great show.

1  Thank Mukesh G
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Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

The Nikulin Moscow Circus is a great mix of trained animal performances (bears, dogs, tigers) and slap stick comedy. The trapeze artists are very skilled as well as the acrobats. Arrive early so you can take photos with animals like a kangaroo, owl, monkey and dog with headband.

Thank Maria G
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