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Once upon a time… Arlette Gruss returns to the south of France

The Arlette Gruss circus is one of the most popular circus’ in France and this year, it will spend six weeks touring the French Riviera. The Arlette Gruss circus is one of the most popular circus’ in France and this year, it will spend six weeks touring the French Riviera. The circus was first created in 1985 by Madame Arlette Gruss (1930-2006) and seven generations of Gruss’ have kept the circus running through the years, with each yearly show more exciting and inventive than the last.

Today the Circus Gruss holds a special place in the hearts of many French families and is known for its universal appeal to all ages in the family. Each performance is a futuristic imagining of the circus, complete with acrobats, clowns and animals.

This year’s shows start with the lines: Once upon a time, there was a sumptuous jewel case in red and white where the circus was reinvented… There will be fairies, elephants, tigers and lionesses, hypnotists and jugglers. This year’s performance promises new improvements to the circus with electronic ticketing, new costumes and high-tech lighting, which will all create a more thrilling and immersive circus experience. The circus itself occupies 2,700m2 when set up and even has a zoo!

Gilbert Gruss, the current director of the circus famously quoted Picasso when asked about his circus saying, “Everything I can imagine can one day become real.”

The circus will visit Saint Tropez, Fréjus, Cabris, Hyères, Valbonne and finally back to Fréjus again from 15th July until 30th August. Tickets range from 15€ to 35€ and can be bought online at www.circus-gruss.com.