In 1768, Newcastle-under-Lyme’s famous equestrian and cavalryman, Philip Astley created the circus ring and invented the circus form.

As part of Circus250, NoFit State and Firenza Guidi will create LEXICON - a daring, seductive and utterly contemporary take on circus for a seated audience in the round. Drawing inspiration from circus history, heritage, and traditions, we dig in the underground of memory and celebrate the past, present and future of circus.

LEXICON is the coming together of the new and old languages of circus and the creation of a new voice for NoFit State.

“Britain’s leading large-scale contemporary circus company” The Times
“Pioneers of contemporary circus” The Telegraph
“take the kids, they'll thank you for years.” British Theatre Guide
“the total theatre experience that British circus has been striving for so long” The Guardian
“The vanguard of the circus renaissance” Radio Times
“Masters of their art” The Londonist


Commissioned by New Vic Theatre 
Funded by Arts Council England, the Arts Council of Wales
Co-produced in association with Tombee de la Nuit, Rennes, Marseille Biennale International des Arts du Cirque, and Cirque Jules Verne, 
Le Pôle National Cirque et Arts de la Rue, Amiens.