Charlie Keith's Circus rules and regulations

Charlie Keith's Circus rules and regulations

These rules and regulations show that Charlie Keith's Circus was run with great discipline. Performers were fined half of one night's salary if they were not in their places ready to perform at their allotted time and the next performer on the programme had to be ready to go on in case of mishaps – the audience should not be kept waiting. Rule no.4 shows that there were strict fines for drunkenness during working hours. The sternest warning accompanies the rule on smoking (no. 6). Fire was always the greatest risk to the circus, because of the danger to the animals and the artistes, and also to the circus building itself. Keith's Circus had been razed to the ground by a fire, and he nearly went bankrupt. Anyone found smoking in the circus or in the dressing rooms of Keith's Circus was fined.