V&A Performance Festival 2018
Join curators, historians and circus practitioners to mark the 250 year anniversary of the world’s first circus, created by Philip Astley. In April 1768, Astley opened a riding school in Lambeth. The 26-year-old was a former sergeant major in the British cavalry, and his trick riding displays led to the foundation of a new type of entertainment that spread across the globe. Explore Astley’s legacy, the ongoing popularity and influence of circus, and its place in the future through conversations, screenings, performances and demonstrations.