About Us

Aircraft Circus Academy is London’s oldest and leading independent circus training school based in Woolwich, South East London.

The school has been training youth, adults and professionals in circus arts for over 10 years.  We are also actively involved in creating and staging heart-pounding contemporary circus shows in the UK and abroad with our AirCraft Circus Performance company. 

We are committed to making circus training accessible to everyone and believe in making the impossible possible, especially for people who want to learn or use circus arts to enrich their lives. Whatever your starting ability, everyone has the potential to shine, it's just a matter of training and the right guidance.

 

 

WHAT WE ARE KNOWN FOR...

OUR TRAINERS: Our approach to training focuses on enhancing fitness, physical ability and wellbeing in a nurturing, safe, yet challenging environment. We are known for having the best circus teachers in London, widely known for their elite level of education and performance.

CIRCUS TRAINING SPACE: After 10 years within the Hangar Arts Trust building, in June 2018 Lucy and Nik moved to a brand new training venue that allowed them to elevate our students training to the next level. The new venue includes state-of-the-art facilities with 3 different studios to train in, a dedicated stretching area, sauna, changing room, and a kitchen/lounge area to refuel or rest after a work out.

We produce heart-pounding live action performance and choreography for events, installations, festivals, and more.

The History of AirCraft Circus 

AirCraft Circus was originally founded in 2002 by Alex Frith and Nik Litton based in a warehouse called 'The Hangar' in Stratford, East London. In 2007 they moved premises (due to the London Olympics) into the Hangar Arts Trust building based in Woolwich.  Here Alex and Nik were joined by Lucy Francis and Moira Campbell until 2017.  In 2018, after 10 years with Hangar Arts Trust and the departure of Alex and Moira, Lucy and Nik decided to take on their own space and continue to run AirCraft Circus. They started plans to design a brand new circus training space (rebranded to AirCraft Circus Academy) to elevate the level of facilities offered to students. In June 2018, the new circus training space successfully opened, starting an exciting new chapter in the company's history.

AirCraft Circus Academy Directors

LUCY FRANCIS 

NIK LITTON 

Both Lucy and Nik have been circus performers since 1998 and both taught at the National Centre for Circus Arts for 10 years covering the adult, youth, degree, corporate and intro to circus training programmes.  Their expertise as individual artists and trainers covers multiple circus disciplines.

For full profiles, please see Meet the Team