The Great 50 Show is a celebration of 50 years of Oriental Circus Indonesia, combining the acrobatics, dances and stunts of a classic circus with some more modern technologies. Brought to life by a live band, it's a spectacle not to be missed - and this Bali circus show is only in town until 25th August.
I don't want to give too much away, but I will say that this a very professional show, just like the circuses I used to visit as a child. It follows the story of the founder and the circus's 50 year history, told by the ringmaster.
The performances are a mixture of clowns, dancing, acrobatics and stunts. Some will take your breath away, some will leave you laughing, and there's one where you might take a while to figure out what's even going on.
The live band is excellent and really makes the whole circus come alive. The only part we didn't enjoy so much was the fire dance; not because of the performance itself, but because with 12 people twirling burning torches around, it gets pretty smokey inside.
At the end of the show, you get the chance to take photos with some of the performers. However, no photography is allowed during the show.
Do they use animals? Of course animal cruelty is a concern with circuses, but you'll be pleased to hear that The Great 50 Show doesn't use any live animals. Do look out for the cute little elephant, which is reminiscent of the puppets in The Lion King musical.
Is there food and drink available? Of course, but expect to pay circus prices! Inside the welcome area you'll find a selection of Indonesian food stalls plus candy floss, ice cream, hot dogs, and various other snacks. There's also a full food menu which includes pasta and even steak, if that's what you feel like.
To drink, there's a selection of soft drinks, beers and cocktails. We had no problem taking our own water bottles in with us.
How long is the show?
It's split into two halves of 40-45 minutes each, with a 20 minute interval. There are shows at 4pm and 7pm from Tuesday to Sunday.
What ages is it suitable for? There are no age restrictions and kids under 1m tall get in for free (above that height, they pay the same as adults).
Our nearly-4-year-old got a bit bored in places but made it through to the end. So judge it according to the attention span of your child, more than anything else.
How much are tickets and where can you buy them?
These are the published ticket prices for this Bali circus show:
These are the published ticket prices, but check for discounts
However, they have various promotions running, including a discount if you pay with a BCA credit card. Follow Oriental Circus Indonesia on Facebook to keep up with the latest deals. They also offer lower rates on the cheapest tickets for locals with a Bali KTP (ID card).
You'll see there are six tiers of pricing - and when we went they had added a seventh 'Bronze' tier in the area marked in black on the plan. VIP seating gets you closest to the ring, and you get to hang out in a special VIP area in the lobby.
Is it worth paying the extra? Well, we were in the Silver area and had a great view for almost everything. The tent supports got in the way from time to time, but it's the same for Gold seating. In Platinum you get an unobstructed view.
You can buy tickets at the box office from 3pm Tuesday-Sunday, at Beachwalk Mall, and online at Traveloka.
The Great 50 Show in Bali may not be a cheap evening out, but it's definitely worth visiting if you get the chance.