A collaboration between Roundhouse CircusFest 2018 and the Victoria and Albert Museum

2018 is Circus250.

In 1768, on an abandoned patch of land in Lambeth, equestrian and entertainment entrepreneur Philip Astley built a round venue and created a variety show of people and horses performing unbelievable acts. A new art form was born, but it’s come a long way since then.

Theatre and Performance Collection at the V&A holds a large number of objects that reveal the history of circus – from clowning and high wire, to menageries and sideshows.

Roundhouse is London’s home for contemporary circus with April’s London-wide CircusFest, presenting what circus is now.

We’ve teamed up to consider what’s next for this ever-popular physical, visual art form.

Join us for an evening of circus at the V&A – take part in hands-on workshops that test your agility, discover rarely seen archives from the V&A collection, and watch a series of live performances and newly commissioned inter-disciplinary acts.
Full programme announced March 2018.

This is a free event, click here for tickets