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250 Years of Circus in 60 Minutes

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Kicking off Circus 250 celebrations in Norwich (jointly a Circus City with Great Yarmouth), Gossamer Thread Circus premiere a brand new circus show ‘250 Years of Circus in 60 Minutes’ at Norwich Arts Centre on 4th July, featuring an international cast of highly-skilled artists.

A rip-roaring ride through the last 250 years of circus from its birth on the banks of the Thames, through the golden era where it was the largest from of entertainment the world had ever seen, through its various and varied permutations right up to the present day, told through its pivotal moments and universal truths.

It all began with a ring…
In 1768 Philip Astley paced out a circle on the banks of the Thames in which to perform tricks on horseback. 250 years later, the standard circus ring remains the same size, and that moment is recognised as the birth of modern circus.

In this brand new circus show featuring world-class international artists, Gossamer Thread Circus invite you on a journey traversing the myriad evolution of circus in its various and varied permutations, in this the 250th anniversary of its birth.

The show includes a variety of different skills including aerial, acrobatics, sideshow, tumbling, juggling, hula hoops & more. Featuring hand-picked artists from all over the world who have previously worked with the world-renowned companies such as
– The 7Fingers
– NoFit State, the UK’s largest touring contemporary circus
– Disney’s new live-action Dumbo, directed by Tim Burton

The show is supported by Arts Council England, Norwich Arts Centre, Seachange Arts & Jacksons Lane London and is sponsored by Norfolk Gin.

The creative producer, artistic director & founder of Gossamer Thread Circus (previously Gossamer Thread Vaudeville Co. and purveyors of Gossamer Thread’s Curious Cabaret) is Daisy Black. Alongside her performance career, she spent 6 years researching and writing a novel about Philip Astley which she began during her time on the Creative Writing MA at the University of East Anglia.

Catch ‘250 Years of Circus in 60 Minutes’ on Wednesday 4th July, 8pm at Norwich Arts Centre for £10, (£8 concessions; includes admin fee). For more information or to book visit