Circus Film Season: The Greatest Show on Earth

Ray Johnson MBE presents …

The Greatest Show on Earth (1952, Director Cecil B De Mille).

Cecil B De Mille’s multi-Oscar-winning epic filmed in the Ringling Brothers-Barnum & Bailey 3-Ring Circus. Starring Charlton Heston, James Stewart, Betty Hutton, Cornel Wilde, Gloria Grahame, Dorothy Lamour. Passions run high between leading characters in a narrative linking a wide range of classic acts filmed in the world’s largest circus.

Following the screening, Ray Johnson will host a lively debate on featuring acts with wild animals in circuses of yesteryear. These acts were never featured by Philip Astley himself. Part of our mini-season of circus films to celebrate Philip Astley and the 250th anniversary of circus, The Greatest Show on Earth will appeal to film students, circus enthusiasts and anyone who enjoys good film and discussion!

BOOK LAUNCH

Re-issue of Paul Bemrose (1992) Circus Genius – A Tribute to Philip Astley 1742-1814. Available from 7:00pm for £9.99.

STAFFORDSHIRE FILM ARCHIVE

Free Screenings at the Film Theatre, College Rd, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2EF

Wednesdays, 7.45pm. Bar open from 7.00pm. Ticket-free – No booking required. Free parking adjacent to Film Theatre – enter from College Road opposite Queen Anne Street.

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Heritage Walk

Philip Astley - Circus Inventor Part of National Heritage Open Day celebrations, The Philip Astley Project brings you an entertaining heritage walk around Newcastle-under-Lyme historic town centre. This engaging guided walk will tell the story of the life and legacy of Philip Astley, father of ...

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Jacob Decastro on Philip Astley

A talk by Ray Johnson MBE Come to the Brampton Museum on Friday 21st September for an insight into Philip Astley from his comic actor Jacob Decastro. Ray Johnson MBE's entertaining performance will give a contemporary perspective on Astley, the man and ...

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Save the date!

The Philip Astley Project invites all our supporters to commemorate Newcastle-under-Lyme's successful celebration of 250 years of circus! Wednesday 28th November On Wednesday 28th November, we will thank our many supporters for helping us to celebrate Philip Astley - father of modern circus ...

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