In the Ring - 250 years of Circus design

Pony race at Astley's Amphitheatre, about 1790

Poney Race

Print showing a pony race at Astley's Amphitheatre, about 1790, by an unknown artist
Theatre Museum, Antony Hippisley Coxe Collection
Copyright: V&A Images


Behind the traditional and formal façade of a theatre, it was the horse that determined the shape of the building. Thus the ring became the original model for the circus and its scale was determined by the reach of the ringmaster's whip.

 
 
 
 
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