Tampa, Fla. (WFLA) – After a long hiatus, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will return.
Feld Entertainment®, the production company behind the circus has confirmed “The Greatest Show On Earth” will return next year.
The three-circus circus, known for its performances featuring lions, tigers and elephants, closed in May 2017.
The show has come under pressure from animal rights activists, who accuse the elephants of abuse. In 2016, after a costly court battle, the circus agreed to remove the elephants from the show and send them to an elephant sanctuary in Florida. Once the elephants were removed from the show, ticket sales dropped dramatically. The program ends next year after 146 years of operation.
Showrunners confirmed Wednesday that the circus will return in 2023 without animals.
“We’re not going to tour animals,” the show’s producer, Juliette Feld Grossman, CEO of Feld Entertainment told TODAY.
Instead, the show will focus on “showing incredible feats, pushing the limits of human potential and creating incredible moments,” according to a press release.
“We’ve spent countless hours conducting research, talking to consumers and finding talent around the globe to deliver an experience like no other,” Feld Grossman said in a statement. newspapers. “The Greatest Show On Earth, with its mix of thrills, art, comedy and whimsy, will bring generations of families together, creating memories that last a lifetime.”
Rehearsals will begin in June 2023 and the official tour will kick off in September. Tickets will go on sale in April 2023.
For more information, visit www.ringling.com.
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