Victorian London - Entertainment and Recreation - Theatre and Shows - Theatres and Venues - Hengler's Circus

On Saturday evening, Mr. Charles Hengler opened his Circus in Argyle-street, and a crowd of spectators responded to his invitation. His programme indicated a varied entertainment, and everyone one of the varieties was effective. Of all the institutions in the world the Equestrian Circus is the most conservative and probably very little is done now in any ring that was not known 50 years ago, the jokes of the Clown, unless he be a "Shakesperian" not exclusive. Nevertheless it is possible to render every act important, and not merely to make one single performance predominant above a waste of common-place. Mr. Hengler has an admirable company and there is a level excellence through the whole of their performance.

The Times, December 9, 1872