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Redwood City Presents Zoppé Circus - an Italian Theatrical Circus since 1842

Redwood City, CA - October 6, 2008 - The Circus is coming to town!

Redwood City is proud to welcome “Zoppé - An Italian Family Circus” from October 23rd through October 26th for spectacular two-hour performances that will enthrall the entire family! The Circus tent will be set up right next to the Downtown Library (1044 Middlefield Road) in Redwood City and will host a gala benefit performance on October 23rd, followed by 2 shows on October 24th and 3 shows on both October 25th and 26th.

The Zoppé Family Circus welcomes guests into its intimate 500-seat tent for a one-ring circus that honors the best history of the Old-World Italian tradition. Starring Nino the Clown, the circus is propelled by a central story (as opposed to individual acts) that features acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning, and plenty of audience participation. Giovanni Zoppé, the sixth-generation circus performer who plays Nino, says the show aims beyond the more typical circuses of today. "When a kid imagines a circus, this is what they think of. It's exactly the way it's supposed to be. It's like the circus was 100 years ago." The Zoppé Family Circus is reminiscent of the one-ring European family circuses of the 19th century and will thrill and amaze children and adults alike with its breathtaking stunts and astonishing acrobatics. This is a one-time event not to be missed so it’s best to get tickets early!


  • Thursday, October 23, Special Gala Benefit Performance (details to be announced);
  • Friday, October 24, 4 pm and 8 pm;
  • Saturday, October 25, noon, 4 pm, and 8 pm;
  • Sunday, October 26, noon, 4 pm, and 8pm. 

Tickets are $10 (child) / $15 (adult) for noon and 4 pm shows, and $15 (child) / $20 (adult) for evening shows.

Purchase tickets online at or at Red Morton Community Center, 1120 Roosevelt Avenue; Sandpiper Community Center, 797 Redwood Shores Parkway; Redwood City Kiwanis Club at the Redwood City Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings; and at the circus tent on show days.

More information is available at: and The Zoppé Circus is sponsored by the City of Redwood City and its Civic Cultural Commission, Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department and Redevelopment Agency.

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Lori Popovich
City of Redwood City


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