The Bolshoi Moscow State Circus was opened on April 30, 1971. The building, designed by architect Ya. B. Belopolsky, is a glass-enclosed tent with a folded dome with a height of 26 m. The auditorium is designed for 3,300 seats. The circus has five fast — changing arenas-equestrian, ice, water, illusion and light, which allow you to use a variety of numbers in one performance.
Over 50 seasons, the Bolshoi Moscow State Circus has hosted more than 20,000 performances, which were attended by over 67 million viewers. Almost all the stars of the world and domestic circus took part in its programs — Vera and Yuri Durov, Walter and Mstislav Zapashny, Yuri Kuklachev, Emil Kio, Yuri Nikulin and Mikhail Shuidin, Oleg Popov, Mikhail Rumyantsev (Pencil) and many others.
Today, the circus employs more than 500 people — acrobats, gymnasts, clowns, trainers, musicians, directors, choreographers, artists, technical and administrative staff. About 100 animals are involved in the performances.