Nikulin Moscow Circus on Tsvetnoy Boulevard

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This is one of the oldest circus companies in Moscow, which was run for many years by the great Russian actor and clown, Yuri Nikulin. It is currently run by his son Maxim Nikulin, who treats his father's legacy and the Soviet circus tradition with respect. Not a single show here is "just any show." All acts and actors are meticulously hand-picked, for the most part presenting the evergreen circus classics: trained lapdogs in pink leotards, an elephant with beautiful saddlecloth, rolling on a sphere, everything seems to have come right off the old circus posters. The circus updates its repertoire twice a year, and does a special programme every New Year's Season, featuring Ded Moroz and Snegurochka. There’s a pastry counter in the lobby, selling pastries prepared according to a recipe which has not changed a bit for decades.