Cirque du Soleil announces new show to celebrate 150 years of the Royal Albert Hall

Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities will open in January 2023 in time for the venue's 150th anniversary

When Queen Victoria first opened the Royal Albert Hall, London was a very different place. Built then as a monument to the arts in memory of the late Prince Consort – and as a way to continue the cultural project of The Great Exhibition – the venue has since become one of the most prestigious in the world.

Home to the famous Cirque du Soleil since 2003, the Royal Albert Hall is now welcoming the company back to celebrate its 150th birthday in serious style.

The European premiere of Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities will take place in January 2023, bringing a steam-punk inspired spectacle to the capital that will take audiences back to an alternative Victorian past.

“A Seeker discovers that in order to glimpse the marvels that lie below the surface we must first learn to close our eyes and trust our imaginations,” reads the show’s official new synopsis.

“In his larger-than-life curio cabinet, the Seeker is convinced that there exists a hidden, invisible world, a place where the craziest ideas and grandest dreams await. A collection of otherworldly characters suddenly step into his makeshift mechanical world and jump to life one by one before his very eyes.”

Featuring daring acrobatics, clever contortion and breath-taking talent, Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios promises to be a 150th birthday worth waiting for.

Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities opens in January 2023 at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Presale tickets are available here now.