When the house lights dim and the stage lights come up on the arena, the Royal Festival Hall becomes a world of wonder: it’s Circus 1903, the show that revisits the magic and legendary numbers of the Golden Age of the Circus. Acrobats, jugglers, fantastical animals and artists from all over the world are at the Southbank Centre, just like under the Big Top in the 1800s, leaving hundreds of spectators with their jaws dropped. After the success of last season, new attractions are ready to surprise with a heavy dose of adrenalin: such is the case with the Brazilian Wheel of Death, followed by a breathtaking finale that is worth the ticket price in itself. Nothing seems impossible for Ethiopian contortionist Senayet Asefa Amare, while the Remarkable Risleys from Mongolia stun with their risky exhibitions of strength and agility. There are even elephants, thanks to the life-size puppetry of War Horse, and among them is the mythic Queenie, world star of water skiing. From act to act, fantasy takes the place of reality, challenging every physical law: bringing us back to Earth is François Borie, master juggler forced to make at least one error to get a liberating laugh out of us common mortals.