BUSINESSMAN Anthony Anderson is not clowning around - he’s just bought his third circus!
East Durham man Anthony Anderson bought the Continental Circus Berlin last year and brought it to the region for the first time last night when it started a five-day visit to Seaburn Recreation ground, in Sunderland.
Anthony, of Trimdon, also owns The Moscow State Circus and The Extreme Stunt Show.
He decided to take on The Continental Circus Berlin after trawling the world looking for great Russian acts, and discovering a wealth of talent from other nationalities.
“When we were buying acts for the Russian circus we saw many that weren’t Russian, so I thought I have to get this,” he said.
“We’ve got Romanian acts, Dutch, Spanish, Bulgarian, Czechoslovakian, Kenyan, English and Welsh.
“I wanted to bring it to the North-East because I think the people here get a raw deal when it comes to entertainment.”
The circus features clowns, jugglers, high wire, trapeze artists, tumbling and balancing acts.
“I think times are starting to change a bit,” said Anthony, who first became interested in circuses 23 years ago when he left a job selling hot dogs to work with a company which publicised circus shows.
“All of these type of acts you see on TV originated from the circus, so I like to think that people want to see this sort of thing a bit more,” he said.
The acts of the Continental Circus Berlin, which will close in Sunderland on Tuesday, were brought together from across the globe, last year.
The show was put together this year, and will tour the UK for 19 weeks.