|The Circus of Horrors|
|Founder(s)||John Haze, Gerry Cottle|
|Directors||John Haze, Pierrot Bidon|
The Circus of Horrors is a British contemporary circus created by John (Dr) Haze and Gerry Cottle. It first performed at the Glastonbury Festival in 1995. Combining horror, black comedy and rock and roll with circus acts, the circus uses goth and steampunk imagery, and references Victorian freak shows and burlesque. They were semi-finalists on Britain's Got Talent in 2011.
They have performed at various festivals, including Glastonbury Festival (three times), Download Festival (four times), Reading and Leeds Festivals, T in the Park, Edinburgh Fringe, Beautiful Days Festival, Isle of Wight Festival in the United Kingdom, Fuji Rock Festival in Japan (twice), Wacken Festival in Germany, plus shows in the United States, Chile, Uruguay, the Netherlands, Belgium, Argentina, France, Italy, Ireland, Hong Kong, Poland, Jersey and Moscow where it created history by becoming the first British circus to perform in Russia. They have also performed 10 nights in London's The O2 Arena. They annually perform at the Great Dorset Steam Fair and tour theatres throughout the UK.
The Circus of Horrors feature circus and sideshow acts such as sword swallowing, hair hanging, acrobatics, fire eating, aerial acts, trapeze acts, stage illusions, contortion, hula hooping, human blockheads, and many more acts performed to live original rock music.
Regular performers include Doktor Haze, Hannibal Hellmurto, Anastasia IV, Captain Dan, Gary Stretch, The Mongolian Laughing Boy, Camp Dracula, The Sinister Sisters and The Voodoo Warriors. The Circus Of Horrors have also performed with many stars and celebrities including Alice Cooper, Gary Numan, Marilyn Manson, The Damned, Boy George, Cradle of Filth, Lenny Henry, Dani Behr, Gary Lineker, Robbie Williams, Ant & Dec, Yvette Fielding and Jeremy Beadle.
They hold numerous Guinness World Records, including the world's largest custard pie fight, most swords swallowed in one minute, 1040 vampires in the same place at the same time, and the largest human mobile which contained 16 men, including Dr Haze, suspended from a crane 150 ft above the River Thames.
In 2011, The Circus of Horrors auditioned for Britain's Got Talent and became the only circus act to reach the finals of the show. They were the first circus to perform in London's West End in over 100 years. They were also the only circus to perform in a single venue in London (the Roundhouse) for 24 weeks, (previous record was 17 weeks).
- Welcome to the Freakshow (2002–2003)
- 10th Anniversary Tour (2004–2005)
- Undead & Alive (2005–2006)
- Evilution (2006–2007)
- The Asylum (2007–2008)
- The Apocalypse in the Asylum (2008–2009)
- The Day of the Dead (2009–2010)
- 4 Chapters From Hell (2010–2011)
- The Ventriloquist (2011–2012)
- The Curse of the Devil Doll (2012–2013)
- London After Midnight (2013–2014)
- The Night of the Zombie (2014–2015)
- Welcome to Carnevil (2015–2016)
- The Never-ending Nightmare (2016–2017)
- Voodoo (2017–2018)
- Psycho Asylum (2018–2019)
- 25th Anniversary Tour (2019–2020)
- Revamped & Rocking (2020–2021)
Music video credits
- Cradle of Filth – "Born in a Burial Gown" (2001)
- Dani Dares (1997)
- Royal Command Variety Performance (1998)
- London's Burning (1999)
- Don't Try This at Home (1999–2001)
- Record Breakers (2001)
- So Graham Norton (2002)
- Richard & Judy (2003)
- Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (2003)
- Get Your Act Together with Harvey Goldsmith (2007)
- This Morning (2008)
- Bizarre ER (2008)
- Ross Lee's Ghoulies (2009)
- Guinness World Records Smashed (2009)
- The Slammer (2010)
- Britain's Got Talent (2011)
- Daybreak (2011)
- Fairground Attractions (2011)
- Das Supertalent (2012)
- Fake Reaction (2013)
- Operation Ouch! (2013)
- The One Show (2014)
- Bodyshockers (2015)
- The Nolan Show (2016)
- Sam Delaney's News Thing (2016)
- Judge Rinder (2018)
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