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Harringay Circus - home of the 'World's only Female Clown'

Lulu Adams was an English female clown who worked both in the USA and UK. She was the daughter of Joe Craston, a famous Victorian bareback rider and clown and was a sixth generation circus performer.

Lulu first appeared with her father in his clown act in the Edwardian period and went on to develop her own show and act with her brother and sister called the Crastonians in 1923. She ran away and married her husband at age 25 and appeared as a champagne and globe equilibrist act in 1924 appeared in the Olympia in London for five years presenting a number of clown burlesques.

Lulu continued performing until the 1950s with Tom Arnold's circus in Harringay, where she was styled as the only fenale clown in the world. Her first performance at Harringay was at eth very first Harrinay circus, the 1948-49 season. Just Prior to working in Harrinay she had spend five yrars working for P.T. Barnum in New York.

This photo was taken on July 29 in 1948.

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Albums: Historical Harringay Arena (1 of 2) (F)

Comment by Hugh on September 18, 2011 at 10:26

Below is a picture of Lulu in her dressing room at Maddison Sqaure Gardens whilst working for P.T. Barnum, 1st December, 1945.

Comment by Hugh on September 18, 2011 at 11:02

Lulu with her brother Joe and sister Vic as the Crastonites in the early 1920s. The act appeared in the Royal Variety Show of 1938. By this time the act was only Vic and Joe. They were billed In the  as Almost a Musical Act. Lulu had obviously already branched out on her own.


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