The Big Top has been rolled up – the clowns have taken off their greasepaint, the rope ladders and trapeze swings have been stowed away, the camels and cockatoos have headed to pastures new.
The Great Bombay Circus, India’s oldest circus, has pulled out of Chennai. And if some reports are to be believed, it may never come back.
Around the world, the lights are going out in the circus rings. The biggest British names, Billy Smart’s and Chipperfields, shut shop decades ago. Barnum and Bailey in the US, who staged what they called was ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’, closed in 2017 after 146 years.
The Great Bombay Circus marks its centenary this year – and it could be a case of 100 and out…
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