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What to expect

  • The most enchanting of Cirque du Soleil's arena productions, Corteo is set to delight and captivate audiences at the O2 Arena this summer.
  • Mauro the Dreamer Clown imagines his own funeral taking place in a carnival atmosphere, and instead of mourning there is celebration and laughter.
  • Expect to be plunged into a theatrical world of comedy, fun and mind-blowing stunts in a festive parade.
  • With some captivating acts by world-class acrobats, including a teeterboard, a suspended pole, juggling, duo-straps and an acrobatic ladder.
  • Directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca, the show has been seen by over nine million people and four continents.

The Cirque du Soleil are set to return to the iconic O2 Arena with their thrilling show Corteo in June and July 2021. Immerse yourself into one of the best-loved and enchanting Cirque du Soleil productions and prepare to be wowed by the show-stopping performances by the world-renowned troupe, including a live puppet, Cyr wheels, hula-hoops, juggling, an acrobatic ladder and a suspended pole.

An actress in the Cirque du Soleil show dressed as an angel suspended from the ceiling.

The show’s title Corteo means cortege in Italian - but the funeral that Mauro the Dreamer Clown dreams about is anything but a solemn affair and instead is a timeless celebration with laughter, high spirits and spontaneity. The show highlights the fragility and strength of the clown as well as his kindness and wisdom in this powerful circus production where acrobats and actors share the stage.

Expect action-packed stunts, jaw-dropping moments, a theatrical atmosphere, magical illusions, spectacular costumes and a grandiose set design, which will leave you spellbound for weeks after! Since the Cirque du Soleil's Corteo premiered in Montreal in 2005, it has been seen by over nine million people and seen in 19 different countries.

What to know before you go

  • Corteo is a 2-hour performance with a 20 minute interval.
  • The Cirque du Soleil show, Corteo, is aimed to entertain the whole family. Please be aware that there are moments of loud noises and darkness used during the show, which may frighten some children.
  • Children under the age of 15 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
  • The O2 Arena is fully accessible and has wheelchair access.
  • An infrared hearing loop is available for audience members.
  • Toilets and disabled toilets are available throughout the O2 venue.
  • Small cameras and phone cameras are permitted for shows at the O2. Please turn off the flash so performers and other audience members are not distracted.
  • Please only bring a small bag into the arena, and allow enough time to get through security and into the O2 to get comfortable.
  • There is a cloakroom available at entrance E. You are welcome to leave your coat for £3 per item and bags for £5 per item.
  • It is not permitted to bring food, drink and liquids into the arena.
  • There are bars on site to get refreshments and snacks. There are a variety of family-friendly restaurants in the O2, including Wagamama, Zizzi, TGI Fridays, Pizza Express, Nando’s. Kidadler Gabrielle says, “We went this afternoon and went to Pizza Express in the arena. There are so many places to choose. My only advice would be get there early as there were queues for every restaurant. It was fine as we still managed to finish and get to our seats in time but worth adding an extra half an hour to what you were going to do. Other tip is if anyone you’re going with has a phone on O2 you can jump the huge security queue before going in to your seats as there’s a priority queue for O2 people.”
  • Please bring a form of personal identification with you and a reference number if you’re picking up your tickets from the venue.
  • Tickets cannot be exchanged or cancelled, unless specifically stated otherwise at time of purchase.
  • The O2 Arena is air conditioned.

Getting there

  • The O2 is a three-minute walk away from North Greenwich Tube station, which is served by the Jubilee line.
  • The nearest railway station is Charlton railway station, which serves Southeastern trains. It takes approximately 36 minutes to walk to the O2.  
  • If you are coming by bus, the North Greenwich station stop is the closest to the O2 Arena. Bus routes 129, 132, 108, 161, 188, 422, 472 and 486 all stop here.
  • If you are driving to the event, the O2 is signposted from the M25, the A20 and the A2 if you are coming from the South East, and the M11 if you are coming from the North.
  • The O2 has on-site parking and if you pre-book you can pay an early bird parking charge of £29 for the event. There is an NCP car park at North Greenwich station as well.

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