Nik Wallenda

Nik Wallenda walks a high wire over Times Square during Highwire Live In Times Square With Nik Wallenda on June 23, 2019 in New York City. Wallenda will perform Nov. 11 at the Big Apple Circus in Lincoln Center.

NEW YORK — The circus is coming to town later this fall.

On Nov. 11, the Big Apple Circus will return to its rightful home of Lincoln Center after the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered the show last year following its 2017 reconstitution due to financial woes.

And for the first time ever, world-renowned aerialist and high wire artist Nik Wallenda will take the lead.

Themed this year as “Making The Impossible, Possible!,” the show is scheduled for a limited engagement to run through Jan. 30.

Wallenda, a Guinness World Record Holder who holds the distinction of being the first and only person in the world to walk a wire directly over Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon and an active volcano, is partnering with live entertainment producers such as Tony Award nominee Philip William McKinley, Emmy winner Michael Cohl and independent concert promoter Arny Granat to bring the new show to life.

The 42-year-old acrobat will be joined by his family of high wire artists, and an all-new award-winning circus cast from Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Ethiopia, Germany, Russia and the United States.


“Circus entertainment is family entertainment, and we want to invite your family to be a part of ours. We can’t wait to reveal the new show that will certainly mix traditional circus with modern updates,” Wallenda said in a statement Tuesday.

The Big Apple Circus was founded in 1977 by Paul Binder and Michael Christensen “to establish a performing circus and school for the instruction and artistic development of circus arts.”

According to producers, The Big Apple Circus will be “revitalized for modern-day audiences, with unique and astounding human feats from performers with incredible real-life stories.”

The Big Apple Circus says it will follow New York State, New York City and CDC guidelines to ensure the safety of guests, cast, employees and production staff. All attendees over the age of 12 years old must wear a mask and show proof of vaccination, while children under 12 must wear masks.

Tickets officially go on sale Sunday at www.bigapplecircus.com.

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