The circus is coming to town next week, with trapeze artists, strongmen and clowns entertaining crowds at Riverside Drive.
The Moscow State Circus is returning to Scotland with its new show Gostinitsa and will be in Dundee from Wednesday August 8 until Sunday August 12.
But while audiences can expect a spectacular show, it will be a very different night to those held in the city several generations ago, as our archive pictures show.
While travelling circuses have been regular visitors to the city over the years, the stars of the show have certainly changed.
During the 1970s and 80s Sir Robert Fossett’s Circus would arrive in a whirlwind of excitement, as African and Indian elephants were paraded through town, including in Caird Park and Gussie Park.
In 1979, the Robert Brothers’ Circus even promoted Dundee’s Road Safety Week by leading five elephants through the city, from Taybridge Station to Caird Park.
Lochee man Jerry Howett, 47, a coach at Lochee Amateur Boxing Club, said he vividly remembered a festival-like atmosphere as the circus came to town.
“I can’t remember exactly how old I was but I was primary school age. I went a couple of times with my cousins,” Jerry said.
“It was always an event people got really excited about. It was around the time Dumbo was back at the cinema so everyone was on about circuses.
“There was always something quite exotic about it, since it was coming from elsewhere and the fact they came with animals like elephants.
“I think they used to come to Caird Park. It was always really exciting.”
Jerry said the clowns were his fondest memory.
“I remember the clowns going about in their banger cars,” he said.
“They were always the best bit, coming along the front of the audience and spraying you with water,
“But the animals were amazing as well.
“They had dogs playing football with elephants, the elephants balancing on balls and the trapeze artists right above you – it was brilliant.
“I’ve never been back since, and I think they took a break from Dundee for a while. But I would think about going back now, as it’s still brilliant entertainment. It’s something you always want to see and it’s good for Dundee that it’s back.”
Nowadays the use of animals by travelling circuses is largely a thing of the past, with the UK Government pledging to completely outlaw the practice by 2020.
Audiences attending the circus next week can instead expect to be wowed by trapeze artists the Peruskins Duo and Anna Rastsova, plus unicyclists the Gorodetskiys Duo.
A spokeswoman for the Moscow State Circus said: “The circus has been planning this event for the last two years and the artistes have been in training ready for this world-beating performance.
“Award-winning clowns the Chervotkins Duo will guide the audience through this incredible show, which features acts like the Didyk Troupe flying through the air and somersaulting from one fast-moving swing to another.
“The Alikhanov Troupe perform on two 10-metre poles balanced on one shoulder of a man, with three girls climbing and spinning to the very top.
“Nowhere else will you witness all the ingredients served up in this great show, you won’t want to miss it.”