REVIEW: Cirque Du Soleil: Ovo (Royal Albert Hall) ★★★★★

Sometimes things transcend being just a piece of theatre. They become an experience. They draw you in and transport you to another world in such a way you are no longer just an audience member in a seat but immersed in theatrical delight. Cirque Du Soleil’s Ovo does just that.

The cast are spectacular as always. Yet, what really sets them apart from any other circus is the creativity of how they link the show together, shattering expectations with one fantastic act after another. It is not these acts alone that make Cirque Du Soleil so special, it is the story that each performer immerses themselves in making their incredible talents that little bit more magical to watch. Catherine Audy and Alexis Trudel’s butterfly aerial act is the perfect example. An incredible physical feat, yet what touched me the most was the connection and the emotion that flows between them. Similarly, the cheeky nature of the foot juggling ants (Cheng Jinna, Ji Wenbo, Pei Xei, Su Shan, Wang Shaohua and Zhu Baoyu) that accompany their impressive skill makes the act filled with even more delight.

It is unsurprising that Cirque Du Soleil is unchallenged as the largest theatrical producer in the world. It brings unfathomable joy to packed out theatres. The gasps of disbelief and joy came from all over the theatre, from children as young as five to men and women of all ages, watching the show with childlike wonder. You can’t put a price on that. If you want a fantastic, magical evening, Cirque Du Soleil’s Ovo at the Royal Albert Hall is the perfect ticket for you.

Reviewed by Kara Taylor Alberts (@karaalberts)

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