In a sign of the times, word came down this weekend that America’s premiere circus troop, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey, will be permanently shuttering their operation. The last shows will take place in May.
The Circus’s parent company, Feld Entertainment Inc, revealed that it would hold its final shows in at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, in Rhode Island on May 7, and at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, on May 21, 2017. According to the company, the removal of the elephants from the act contributed to a decline in ticket sales, which, along with high operating costs, “the circus an unsustainable business for the company.”
Leave it to Master of Horror Stephen King to weigh in on the situation with a wicked little zing via Twitter—one that may just include a reference to the upcoming adaptation of his bestselling novel IT, directed by Andrés Muschietti and starring Bill Skarsgård, hitting US Theaters on September 8th.
Ringling Bros closing down, but will be replaced by the Pennywise Traveling Terror Tour. Bring the kids! Pennywise has balloons! Hooray!
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) January 15, 2017
Now that sound like a show I’d like to see!
In IT (Official Synopsis): In a small town in Maine, seven children known as The Losers Club come face to face with life problems, bullies and a monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise.