Circus Past, Present & Future

Project in Newcastle-under-Lyme, in partnership with New Vic Theatre

Circus Past, Present and Future is project led by New Vic Theatre, celebrating 250 years of circus in 2018. Bringing together national and international partners including NoFit State Circus and The Victoria & Albert Museum with circus experts such as Academic Advisor Professor Vanessa Toumlin (University of Sheffield)) this will be an extraordinary year of events taking place in Newcastle-under-Lyme that will spectacularly showcase the artform in its anniversary year.  

Taking place between March and August, the programme will see Newcastle-under-Lyme, the birthplace of the father of modern circus, Philip Astley, become a hub of celebratory activity as it joins in with the national celebrations of Circus250.


The Circus Village

Three Big Tops.
One old school convention.
One radical conference.
Five companies.
One new show.
Four works in progress.
Three sector focused events.

The circus village opens its doors to the circus community, friends and audiences alike to celebrate the legacy of the great man Philip Astley and the future of circus made in Britain.

LEXICON (World Premiere) 

28 March - 21 April





Artists in Residency Programme

October 2017 - April 2018



CircusWorks Youth Circus Festival

2 April - 7 April 2018