It also marks the beginning of Circus250 – a year long celebration of circus tradition, history, and Philip Astley; the man who started it all.
Philip Astley was a fascinating character. Born in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, the son of a cabinet maker went on to become a military hero, before utilising his expert equestrian skills and knowledge of trick-riding to set up a revolutionary new show on a cold wintery day in London. That first performance was on 9th January 1768 - exactly 250 years ago today!
You can read more about Astley's story in this fantastic article here.
Gandeys Circus is proud to be supporting The Phillip Astley Project. Details of which can be found here.
Museums and art galleries are amongst the organisations that will be taking part in Circus250. Not to mention the circuses all over the world that will be celebrating!
In the UK, the Six Cities of Circus will be getting involved, and to ki…