Annie Fratellini

Annie Fratellini

Circus is one of the oldest and most popular art forms and during the last hundred years or so, it has also helped to revolutionise “straight” theatre by bringing back “theatre in the round” and introducing clown and music-hall techniques to...
Achille Zavatta

Achille Zavatta

Born May 6, 1915, deceased November 16, 1993. He was a French clown, an artist and circus operator, born in La Goulette, Tunisia. The son of Federico Zavatta, a circus owner from a family of Italian fairground artists, his mother was Emma Tholomet, and both of...
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...