Circus Today

The Association of Circus Proprietors of GB

The ACP was formed in 1932 to promote the highest possible standards and ideals within the circus industry.  Its members are leading circus proprietors in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Its function is to discuss with local Government, Local Authorities and other bodies the issues that affect the circus industry and make the decisions that will ensure its continued development as a vibrant, exciting and popular art form.

Circus in the UK is thriving as never before

More than thirty touring circuses each visit up to forty towns, cities and villages every year, giving some 1200 communities the opportunity to experience high quality, affordable live entertainment in their area. 

The audience for circus is significant

Circus is a visual entertainment unaffected by language barriers, which appeals equally to all ethnic groups. The most recent pilot study carried out by the Social Survey Division of the Office for national Statistics indicates that over a twelve-month period, 18% of respondents had attended circus. The survey also shows that there were ‘no noticeable class difference in attendance for circus’.

Young people are increasingly interested in learning circus skills

Arts Council England reported that during 2007 , in excess of 50,000 young people engaged in circus activity through outreach programmes in their schools, youth clubs or community settings, learning skills that are accessible and inclusive. These skills nurture experiences in personal development and can lead to a career in the circus industry as a performer or technician.

Combining traditional and contemporary circus

Whether traditional or contemporary, circus companies and practitioners are producing a wider breadth of work, developing innovative and exciting circus productions that frequently mix old and new. The best international circus companies make regular visits drawing a wider audience to a greater range of circus experiences.

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In 2008 and 2011 the Association of Circus Proprietors of Great Britain were invited to a parliamentary assembly held within The House of Commons.

In 2008 and 2011 the Association of Circus Proprietors of Great Britain were invited to a parliamentary assembly held within The House of Commons.

Members of the circus industry were granted the opportunity to meet and lobby politicians. [More]

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Member Services

ACP members offer a comprihensive range of services including: The hiring of theatre styled tents of varying sizes with lighting, foyers and ancillary tents which provide a versatile performance, concert or conference venue.

Tiered theatre styled seating with versatile configurations.

Complete circus shows for hospitality or promotional events in a tent or at the clients own premises. [More]

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The ACP was formed in 1932 to promote the highest possible standards and ideals within the circus industry. Its members are leading circus proprietors in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Its function is to discuss with local Government, Local Authorities and other bodies the issues that affect the circus industry and make the decisions that will ensure its continued development as a vibrant, exciting and popular art form. [More]