What's On 250 Years Of Circus In 60 Minutes A brand new show featuring world-class international artists. Gossamer Thread Circus Book now Access In 1768 Philip Astley paced out a circle on the banks of the Thames in which to perform tricks on horseback, marking the birth of modern circus. The standard circus ring remains the same size to this day. In this brand new show created to mark the 250th year, Gossamer Thread Circus invite you on a journey traversing the evolutions of circus from that moment up to the present day, featuring world-class international artists. Book Now Access Northern Stage is fully accessible. The theatre has three lifts providing access to all parts of the building, including the accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, stages 2 & 3 and the backstage area. Buggy parking is available. To discuss any access needs, take a look at our access page or please call our Box Office on 0191 230 5151.