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Douglas McPherson

Douglas McPherson

Biography

Douglas McPherson is the author of Circus Mania, a guide to the history and culture of the circus

Recent Articles

‘Not the ears!’ How wrestling dominated Saturday-afternoon TV for 20 years

‘Not the ears!’ How wrestling dominated Saturday-afternoon TV for 20 years

For 20 years, wrestling had a weekly spot on prime-time TV, making its stars household names. With the publication of a new book about the sport, Douglas McPherson explores how the amateur entertainment became performance art
Royal Albert Hall: 150 years of the nation's village hall

Royal Albert Hall: 150 years of the nation's village hall

The Royal Albert Hall has weathered many storms in the century and a half since it was built in the heart of the capital’s museum district. Chief executive Craig Hassall tells The Stage of the challenges – and also opportunities – of celebrating its landmark anniversary during the quietest time in its history
Britain’s Barnum: how Gerry Cottle became the UK’s greatest showman

Britain’s Barnum: how Gerry Cottle became the UK’s greatest showman

Over his decades-long career, Gerry Cottle built up a reputation for putting on the most exciting and innovative circus in the UK and overseas. His long-time colleagues, collaborators and rivals talk about the making of a true original
Circus owners: 'Brexit is going to be a big problem, but circuses thrive in a recession'

Circus owners: 'Brexit is going to be a big problem, but circuses thrive in a recession'

With many circuses sustained by performers and backstage crew from outside the UK, Brexit is a cause for concern. But as the UK’s leading circus directors tell Douglas McPherson, it is also a chance for them to make their mark
Circus director Phillip Gandey: ‘Long-term planning is useless’

Circus director Phillip Gandey: ‘Long-term planning is useless’

Gandey World Class Productions was one of the first to reopen a circus in July following the lockdown. Its director explains how the organisation has weathered the Covid crisis and plans to reopen a plethora of touring productions over the coming months
Giffords Circus – how a class act is dining out on 20 years of success

Giffords Circus – how a class act is dining out on 20 years of success

Director Cal McCrystal and producer Lil Rice have put together a family feast for the eyes and mouth. They explain how they are continuing the legacy of founder Nell Gifford, in the first show since her death
Covid-secure circus: How big tops are racing to reopen before summer ends

Covid-secure circus: How big tops are racing to reopen before summer ends

Circus performers and proprietors tell The Stage how they are battling to open up again while navigating the complexities of government guidelines on social distancing and audience safety
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