250 Years of Spectacle with Giffords Circus

This year marks 250 years since the invention of the circus. On an abandoned patch of land near London’s Waterloo, showman and equestrian Philip Astley drew out a circle in the ground and filled it with astounding physical acts. Since then jugglers, acrobats, clowns, strong men, bareback riders have entered the ring all around the world.

In celebration of Circus 250, this year’s production from Gifford’s is a story all about the invention of the circus. My Beautiful Circus is a show about running a way with the circus, and the dream of travelling in a velvet-lined wagon under the stars, circus music accompanying a life of freedom, family and art.

Anyone who has ever been to Gifford’s will know the utter magic of their productions. The electric atmosphere in the big top, the hand-painted sets, the hand-made costumes, the spectacularly daring acts and loud fanfare all make for a mesmeric show that is just as joyous for adults as children.

Gifford’s Circus tours the West country, coming to London’s Chiswick House at the end of June. There are still tickets available, but book as soon as possible as their shows always sell out.


Gifford's Circus
28 June – 9 July 2018
Chiswick House & Gardens Walled Garden Great West Road, W4 2QN
From £10
— Daisy Allsup
6th June 2018