Dimitri the Clown

Dimitri the Clown

18.9.1935 at 09.30 a.m. Dimitri was born in Ascona, Vicolo Ghiriglione (opposite the theatre of puppeteers which later will be his first stage), son of the sculptor and architect Werner Jakob Müller and the handweaver and artisan Maja, born Tschirren. Due to...
Yuri Nikulin

Yuri Nikulin

From your feedback it looks like you enjoyed our newsletters about Jacko Fossett, so here’s another short biography of another famous clown this time far from Manchester. We head to Russia and the fantastic Yuri Nikulin....
The History of Belle-Vue

The History of Belle-Vue

For nearly 150 years, Belle-Vue Zoological Gardens was one of the most continuously successful entertainment destinations in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1836 by John Jennison and by 1856 the collection included monkeys, kangaroos, rhinos, lions and bears, and even...
Evetta, The Lady Clown

Evetta, The Lady Clown

The Barnum & Bailey show created quite a stir during the 1895 season with Josephine Mathews (also sometimes labeled as Williams in the press) aka Evetta, The Lady Clown. That season Barnum & Bailey had a strong female presence and the posters also announced a...
William Kempe, The Dancing Clown

William Kempe, The Dancing Clown

On the 8th March 1600, a noisy and excited crowd of spectators gathered to witness the final stage of a remarkable event, (which later became known as the “9 Day Wonder”) an event that had long been anticipated and had captured the imagination of a city. The...