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Two-Ring Circus


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John Snagge at Bertram Mills's Circus, Olympia and Thomas Woodrooffe at Althoff's International Circus, Royal Agricultural Hall, Islington
Tonight listeners are to hear broadcasts from two great Christmas circuses. Three weeks ago they heard a broadcast of a rehearsal at Bertram Mills's training quarters at Ascot. It will make it all the more interesting that tonight, with the curtain up at Olympia, the wonderful horses that were then going through their paces will be in action in the ring - to say nothing of the wealth of talent engaged, not forgetting King Tuffy, said to be the world's only lion tight-rope walker.
Three men are responsible for the Christmas circus at Islington year after year: William Wilson, show-man all his life, who has been associated with the Royal Agricultural Hall for over thirty years; his co-director, Charles Cullen, who has been linked with it for more than forty years; and Stanley Wathon, who travels the world seeking for the best talent.
The circus which they have engaged for this year and which listeners are to hear tonight, is the celebrated Circus Althoff, the oldest travelling ring-show in Europe. Ancestor Althoff began with a gaggle of geese, and the circus that arose out of it has been handed down in an unbroken line to the founder's great-granddaughter, pretty Carola Althoff, like her sisters, an expert horsewoman. The pride of the circus is the famous troupe of Tiger-Check liberty horses. And among other star turns are the Frenchman, Alfred Court, who appears in a cage with lions, tigers, bears, and leopards; the Four Beresinas, in their high-wire act; and elephants that are almost human.


Unknown: John Snagge
Unknown: Thomas Woodrooffe
Unknown: William Wilson
Unknown: Charles Cullen
Unknown: Stanley Wathon
Unknown: Circus Althoff
Unknown: Carola Althoff
Unknown: Alfred Court

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