Show Review from the Birmingham Owl:

Boswell's Circus is a diverting show, and includes an American riding machine playing a large part. Barton and Ashley's "Canal-Boat Sal" is a screamingly funny act, in which the lady slaps the gentleman's face with such vigour that she makes him stagger.

Variety Show featuring Boswell’s Novel Stage Circus

  • Opening Night: 19 January 1903
  • Performance: 24 January 1903
  • Genre: Variety

1. Barton and Ashley – ‘A Frisky Comedian and a Charming Lady, whom the former at the end of the act alleges is “Canal Boat Sal”‘
2. The Dunlops – in a high-class comedy cycle act
3. Alice Ainsworth – soprano vocalist
4. The Forrests – musical eccentrics
5. The Sutcliff Family – Scottish novelty acrobats, pipers and dancers
6. My Fancy – danseuse
7. The Four Cliftons – acrobats and equilibrists
8. La Belle Lyane and Geks – contortionists in an ‘Interrupted Fishing Party’
9. Animated Pictures
10. Lillian Sivado – lady gymnast
11. Boswell’s Novel Stage Circus – with a splendid stud of educated ponies, cantankerous donkeys and wonderful dogs

  • Number of Acts: 11
  • Number of Performances: 13
  • Performance Times: Monday to Saturday at 18:00 and 21:00 with a matinee performance on Thursday at 14:30
  • Circus: Cycle Act; Acrobats; Acrobats and Equilibrists; Contortionists; Gymnast
  • Notes: -0