Showing posts from January, 2018

Gandeys celebrates Circus250

Today marks the 250th Anniversary of the first modern circus! 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 Circu

Spirit of the Horse Show returns to the UK!

For the first time in 10 years, Europe’s greatest equestrian theatre show SPIRIT OF THE HORSE returns to the UK with a spectacular new production for 2018 – RENAISSANCE . Starring more than 20 magnificent horses from six countries in its own stunning 2,000-seat Equestrian Theatre touring arena, the lavish show with the must-see factor is here for a strictly limited season. Choreographed to a specially-arranged musical score, blending spectacle, dramatic action, humour, poetic motion, and awe-inspiring lighting effects, SPIRIT OF THE HORSE – RENAISSANCE weaves the magic of myth and legend through man’s bonding with his oldest and most trusted ally – the horse. Featuring a cast of equestrian stars including the legendary Spanish Dancing Horses, with their unique style, flair and passion; the thrilling Russian Cossack riders performing high-speed colourful and dramatic stunt riding – the like of which is usually confined to the realms of digital video effects; and