A brief history of the circus

Friday, December 7, 2018 - 09:44

In December 2019 we were excited to once again experience the thrills and daredevil entertainment of a typical turn of the century circus as Circus 1903 return to Southbank Centre. The company’s show featuring acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, trapeze and high-wire performers and more held its European premiere in Royal Festival Hall at the end of December 2018, and we were delighted to welcome them back for more.

As Circus 1903’s show celebrates what they consider to be circus’ golden age, we took the opportunity to delve back even further. It’s 250 years since the very first modern circus took place, coincidentally just a few hundred yards from where Southbank Centre sits, and so we put together this interactive timeline charting the art’s evolution over those two and half centuries.

 


 

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