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Barltrop, Chris, Born c1958



  • Existence: Born c1958


Chris Barltrop is a ringmaster, actor and all-around showman from Walthamstow, London.

Chris has spent most of his life working as a ringmaster, circus manager and publicist around Europe for circuses such as the Grand Cirque de Noël, Moscow State Circus, Gerry Cottle's Circus, Jimmy Chipperfield's Circus World, Billy Smart's Circus, Zippo's Circus, Santus Circus, the Netherlands National Circus, the Great British Circus, Continental Circus Berlin and many others.

Between 1987 and 1988 he was the Marketing Manager for Theatre Royal Newcastle Upon Tyne and between 2002 and 2006 he worked as Producer and Reporter for BBC local radio. Over the course of his career, Chris has played many roles on theatre and television and featured in pop music videos for Rick Astley and Prefab Sprout.

In 2015 Chris founded The Centre for Circus Culture to promote knowledge and understanding of the circus and over the years he has advocated for the circus at government level as the Chairman of the Circus Industry Sub-group and DEFRA Circus Working Group on issues regarding animals in circus and licensing for travelling circuses.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Circus Friends Association Collection

Reference code: NFA0122
Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a large library of books and journals, as well as archival material including posters, programmes, photographs, films, handbills, research material, scrapbooks, original artwork and many other items of ephemera relating to British, Irish and European circuses

Dates: 1795 - 2020

Continental Circus Berlin Programme, 1991

Reference code: 178K43.30
Scope and Contents UK. Chris Barltrop ringmaster, The Lesters juggling act, Rüngeland's Equine Carousel presented by June Witney, Robert Foxall, Olympian gymnast on Roman Rings, Tito comedy act, The 3 Julians balancing act, Rani the elephant presented by Edwin Singer, The Hammich Brothers acrobatic act, The Duo Galos gymnastic act, Lee Ann and her Poodles, Rob Alton, BMX, The Colorados wild west act, Antaeus escapology act, The Witney Family bareback riders. Illustration of a falling acrobat reaching for...
Dates: 1991

Continental Circus Berlin Programmes, 1991 - 1992

Reference code: 178K43.29-30
Scope and Contents

Programmes for the Continental Circus Berlin shows in Great Britain.

Dates: 1991 - 1992

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Animal trainers 1
Art 1
Boxing 1
Circus workers 1