Haute Secrets: Cirque’s Nicky and Laetitia Dewhurst Share Their Top Places in Las Vegas

Cirque du Soleil's Laetitia and Nicky Dewhurst 
Cirque du Soleil’s Laetitia and Nicky Dewhurst

Photo Credit: Christina Russo

Husband-and-wife team Nicky and Laetitia Dewhurst teamed up to direct Cirque du Soleil’s fifth annual “One Night for One Drop” show on March 3 at Zumanity Theater at New York-New York. The duo perform together as clowns in Zumanity by Cirque du Soleil, while Nicky’s father and Laetitia’s brother also star in the show — making this the first time the event has been a true “family affair.”

Born in the UK, Laetitia trained as a dancer and gymnast and eventually joined Cirque in Zumanity, first as a dancer and then performing a strap aerial act, the pole act and is currently working with her husband as the back up clown. She also choreographed acts for Crazy Horse, Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and Delyria, a circus cabaret. She is currently choreographing for Celebrity Cruise Line.

Nicky grew up in London in a circus family. He initially joined Cirque’s Eclipse, and went on to perform a solo tightrope act in the European tour of Cirque Reinvente. He joined forces with his Father to perform a Duo tightrope act in Nouvelle Experience and Fascination. In 1998 Nicky rejoined Cirque as the “Pink Guy” in Mystere, where he once again teamed up
with his father, the clown “Brian Le Petit,” playing opposite him until in 2005. Then Nicky
joined Zumanity, where he created the clown character “Dick.” In 2015 Nicky was comedic writer and director for the International Tour of Delyria, a circus cabaret. Most recently Nicky co-wrote and directed the new clown acts in Zumanity, which he performs today.

Here the couple shares some of their top tips in Las Vegas.
1. Where were you born: UK

2. How long in Las Vegas: Nicky: 1992, Laetitia: 2003

3. Neighborhood: Summerlin

4. Occupation: Performers/Clowns/Directors
5. Favorite Restaurant: Andre’s on Fort Apache/Russell (old DW Bistro)

6. Best Sushi: Sushi Fever on Sahara

7. Best Italian: Il Fornaio

8. Best dessert: Crème Brulee at The Barrymore

9. Best place for a romantic date: Prime at Bellagio

10. Best Sunday brunch: The Veranda at The Four Seasons

11. Best place for a power business meeting: Our kitchen: ;)

12. If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? Mandarin Oriental

13. Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Downtown Summerlin

14. Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches: Tiffany’s

15. Best Spa: Mandalay Bay

16. Favorite Charity Event: One Night for One Drop

17. Favorite Cultural Event: Halloween at Springs Preserve

18. Favorite Cultural Institution: Springs Preserve

19. Best Steakhouse: Gallagher’s at New York-New York

20. Best Pizza: Rocco’s in Summerlin

21. Best Lunch: Milo’s

22. Best Gym/Athletic Facility: Lifetime Fitness

23. Best Massage: Josh at Zumanity

24. Best Limousine/Driving Service: Uber ;)

25. Best Museum/Exhibit: Richard MacDonald Gallery

26. Describe your city in three words: fun, exciting and growing

27. Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: Zion National Park

28. All-around favorite spot in Las Vegas: Red Rock Canyon

29. Best Aspect of Las Vegas: 24 hours, always changing, full of entertainment and opportunities