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What's on Wednesday 24th December

Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba

Sky Arts 1 - 6pm

Who's in it?

Cirque Du Soleil is leaping and cartwheeling onto Sky Arts for the festive season, and this is one of their most famous shows: an epic story of the collision of two worlds where the "mundane meets the marvellous". Hey, just go with it.

In a nutshell

Founded by a former street busker, Cirque Du Soleil has grown from a tiny group to a company of thousands of people, playing to hordes of audiences around the world (it's estimated around 90 million people have seen them). And their shows are perfect for Christmas – with all the gleaming glittery excess, it's like entering a universe made entirely from tinsel and good cheer.

In other words, it's the perfect thing to gather around on Christmas Eve, and La Nouba is by all accounts one of Cirque Du Soleil's most extravagant shows. It's more about the performances than the plot, but in simple terms it tells of two realms – that of the colourful "circus people" and that of the dark-suited "urbanites", and how the melding of their worlds unleashes all kinds of magic and fire. Probably literally, knowing this lot.

What's the verdict?

Cirque Du Soleil is one of the greatest success stories in the history of performance, so if you've never seen their stuff before, you're in for a treat. Put it this way, it's not like any circus you'll have ever seen before, and (whisper it) it's a lot more fun than the ballet.

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