Circus 250: For the Benefit of…

Thursday 7th June 2018
1:00 PM


Norwich Arts Centre

An exhibition of 19th century circus posters from Norwich as part of the city’s Circus 250 celebrations, marking the 250th anniversary of the advent of circus.


In 1768 showman, entrepreneur and equestrian Philip Astley drew out a circle in the ground on a patch of land near London’s Waterloo. He filled it with jugglers, acrobats, clowns, strong men, bareback riders and more. Circus as we know it today was born.
This exhibition of nineteenth century Norwich circus poster prints has been curated by Richard Fair and Lottie Russell to complement the Jugglers, Clowns and Fliers exhibition currently at The Forum in Norwich.
The posters show the varied and sometimes bizarre acts that performed in Norwich at a time when circus was thriving.

Thursday 6 June – Saturday 7 July
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