Arts Council England has awarded £749,592 to the New Vic Theatre in Newcastle-under-Lyme for its Circus Past, Present and Future project, part of the Circus 250 celebrations in 2018.
The project is a programme of exhibitions, installations, performances and community projects taking place in the borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme. It intends show the history of the local area and bring to life the legacy of the father of modern circus, Philip Astley.
Joining the New Vic will be NoFit State Circus along with partners the Victoria & Albert Museum, Newcastler-under-Lume Business Improvement District, Newcastle Borough Council and Brampton Museum & Art Gallery.
Theresa Heskins, New Vic Artistic Director, said: “We’re so thrilled to have been successful in this Ambition for Excellence award. Our ground-breaking project will be part of the Circus 250 celebrations, marking the beginning of modern circus. Allowing us to shine a light on Newcastle-under-Lyme, the town where the father of modern circus Philip Astley was born, it is fantastic that the Arts Council support our vision and we will now be able to work with NoFit State Circus, who create spectacular work on a grand scale. We look forward to sharing a celebration of circus with audiences from near and far in 2018.”
Image of Around the World in Eighty Days at New Vic Theatre by Andrew Billington from http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/news/acrobatic-ambition-excellence-–-celebrating-250-years-modern-circus