Cirque du Soleil's 'Alegria' makes UK debut

Cirque du Soleil brings its critically acclaimed production Alegria to the UK for the first time this April, kicking odd with four nights at Manchester's MEN Arena.

Jayne Robinson

Last updated: 9th Apr 2012.
Originally published: 26th Mar 2012

A classic Cirque du Soleil production, Alegria has received international acclaim and wowed over 10 million people worldwide since it premiered in 1994 in Montreal. Alegría is a Spanish word that means happiness, joy and jubilation, and showcases breathtaking acrobatics by an international cast of 55 performers from 17 countries.

In two and a half hours, audiences will witness gravity-defying acrobatics including the Aerial High Bars, in which daring aerialists fly to catchers swinging more than 40 feet above the stage, the Fire-Knife Dance, which sees artists manipulate flaming knives around their bodies, and Power Track,  showcasing a brilliant display of synchronised choreography and tumbling on a trampoline system magically concealed under the stage floor.

Watch a trailer for Alegria below: 

Alegria makes its UK debut in Manchester on Wednesday 4th April, with further shows on the 5th, 6th and 7th. Following its run in Manchester, the show will move to Glasgow and then Birmingham. Full tour dates and times are below:

Manchester Evening News Arena (Weds 4th April – Sat 7th April)

Wednesday, 4th April – 8.00pm BUY TICKETS

Thursday, 5th April – 8.00pm BUY TICKETS

Friday, 6th April –8.00pm BUY TICKETS

Sat, 7th April – 4.00pm BUY TICKETS and 8.00pm BUY TICKETS

Glasgow – Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre (Weds 11th April – Sun 15th April)

Wednesday, 11th April – 8.00pm

Thursday, 12th April – 8.00pm

Friday, 13th April – 8.00pm

Saturday, 14th April – 4.00pm and 8.00pm

Sunday, 15th April – 1.00pm and 5.00pm

Birmingham National Indoor Arena (Weds 18th April – Sun 22nd April)

Wednesday, 18th April – 8.00pm

Thursday, 19th April – 8.00pm

Friday, 20th April – 8.00pm

Saturday, 21st April – 4.00pm and 8.00pm

Sunday, 22nd April – 1.00pm and 5.00pm

Buy tickets for all Manchester performances of Alegria