Performer Lil Rice, niece of Giffords Circus co-founder Nell Gifford, will become “the new face of the circus”, taking over the role of producer following Gifford’s death last year.
It comes as she and director Cal McCrystal announce their plans to helm Giffords Circus’ 20th anniversary show next month.
Rice and McCrystal will head up the creative team behind The Hooley, the anniversary show conceived by Gifford before her death in December 2019.
As producer, the company said Rice would become “the new face of the circus”.
She said: “I am honoured to be stepping in to the role of producer.
“It was always Nell’s plan to ensure continuity of the circus and I am thrilled to be implementing her vision.”
“It is of course bittersweet having lost Nelly only a few months ago, but it remains a family business and a legacy that we carry on for Nell’s twins, Red and Cecil,” she added.
McCrystal, who will direct The Hooley, has directed eight of the company’s previous performances.
He said: “There will be fairies, trolls, pixies, leprechauns, wild horses, Celtic music and dancing and all the madcap magic that Giffords is synonymous for.”
“Nell and I had a great time planning this show and being an Irishman I can’t wait for rehearsals to start to create what promises to be a most magical and poignant show to celebrate our 20th year,” he added.
The Hooley will open at Fennells Farm in Stroud from April 9 to 20, before visiting Gloucester, Oxford and London.
It will feature performances from Tweedy the clown, vaulter Rebecca Musselwhite and singer and dancer Nancy Trotter-Landry.
Musical direction will be by James Keay and costume and set will be by Takis.