Foolhardy Circus at Wroxham Barns

Making People Laugh for 250 Years!

In 1768 on an abandoned patch of land near London’s Waterloo, Philip Astley – a Showman, entrepreneur and equestrian rider – drew a circle in the ground and filled it with astounding physical acts. This spectacle was the world’s very first circus. Creating a whole new art form, his 42 ft ring held a dazzling combination of jugglers, acrobats, clowns, strongmen and bareback riders.

At Wroxham Barns, Norfolk’s very own Foolhardy Circus will be celebrating Circus 250 this Easter. The Foolhardy Circus have been delighting audiences for 35 years and this is their 5th year at Wroxham Barns, having first visited at Easter 2013. They are currently involved in an ongoing project with The Forum to chronicle their history as a Norwich-based Circus who can trace 4 generations of performers back to the 1880s.

Costakis Stephanides, better known as Cosmo the Clown, comes from a long line of performers including Will Chamberlain “Whiteface” the original Foolhardy and ex-founder of the troupe as well as fool clown Joe. His family are certainly talented performers, musicians and entertainers. Cosmo and his brother Luke have many film credits to their name, his son Lucas is a circus performer while his daughter is a musician and actress in Norwich. The family – past and present – can also boast a member of the Royal Ballet, a retired dancer, a poet, an artist and jazz band leader, an opera singer, a trumpet player and even a Music Hall entertainer.

Their new Show called Whoops! will celebrate the 250 year history of the circus with a dance through time and acts from each decade. And, of course, features a 250 year old clown! It is set in a psychedelic circus with stunning hand-painted scenery, an original music and lighting show and a breath-taking finale to leave people on the edge of their seat. It features the first-ever clown routine performed by Stone Age Man plus aerialist and rope dancer extraordinaire, Sue Fee, as well as juggling, hat manipulating and more and, of course, Cosmo - East Anglia’s favourite clown.

The Big Top will be at Wroxham Barns from Friday 30th March to Sunday 15th April with shows twice daily at 12.00 and 2.00 pm. Tickets are £6.50 (under 2’s free) and there’s no need to book, but be sure to arrive early to avoid disappointment as the Foolhardy Circus is very popular with visitors to Wroxham Barns.

Foolhardy Folk Circus