The history of UK circus

Are you interested in the history of circus in the UK? Then take a look at our  Circus Timeline.

Inspired to find out more?  For an entertaining and quick read see The Guardian‘s Chainsaw Juggling, human cannonballs and Coco the Clown! The astounding 250 year story of circus, written by Lyn Gardner in January 2018 at the beginning of the anniversary year of the founding of the first ‘modern’ circus.

You couldn’t have a history of contemporary circus without mentioning James Thierée and Crying Out Loud has a long association with this extraordinary artist, having produced all his UK tours since 1998 when his Compagnie du Hanneton, staged its first production, The Junebug Symphony.  Chris Wiegand has written some memorable pieces about him. Here’s one from 2016, the year James staged his last large-scale piece The Toad Knew  at Edinburgh International Festival.

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