“Like millions of other Swedes over the age of 2, I love Pippi Longstocking. In one of Astrid Lindgren’s stories, she goes to Circus with Annika and Tommy, and that story has inspired a newly written musical, which I have created together with a real circus company, the fantastic Cirkus Cirkör, and a lot of other talented people. In our show, Pippi is as she always is, although also a little different.
We have interpreted what is between the lines in Astrid’s texts, and given it musical form.
Welcome to Circus this summer, we have given the ring a good rake!” – Björn Ulvaeus
Björn Ulvaeus and Pophouse presents a vibrant circus musical in collaboration with Astrid Lindgren AB, Cirkus Cirkör and Krall Entertainment – Pippi at the Circus.
Björn Ulvaeus is the executive producer and is responsible for the show’s lyrics, with music by Benny Andersson, Vladimir Shainsky, Ángel G. Villoldo and others. The music is performed live by a flying circus orchestra.
Cirkus Cirkör’s founder, producer and artistic director Tilde Björfors is responsible for the circus stage direction. She is assisted by Maria Löfgren, director and playwright, who is responsible for directing the show. Together with Björn Ulvaeus, Maria Blom and Tilde Björfors have written the show’s script, which is based on Astrid Lindgren’s story about when Pippi, Tommy and Annika go to the circus and meet the circus princess Miss Carmencita, the line dancer Elvira and the world’s strongest man Starke Adolf. Magdalena Åberg is responsible for the show’s scenography and costume design.
Based on a story by Astrid Lindgren edited by Maria Blom, Tilde Björfors and Björn Ulvaeus.
Lyrics: Björn Ulvaeus
Music: Benny Andersson, Vladimir Shainsky, Ángel G. Villoldo and others
Circus stage direction: Tilde Björfors
Show direction: Maria Löfgren
Scenography & costume design: Magdalena Åberg