Chris Barltrop has entertained thousands in European arenas, using his huge skills and experience in devising, directing, and facilitating as well as performing,  successfully managing performers and crews from all cultures, handling the logistics of site layout, equipment and heavy transport, and responding to unusual media requests.

Warm, understated and courteous - with an innate ability to deliver performance tailored precisely to the occasion - Chris draws out the best from participants, organisers and setting. His long and successful experience in marketing, promotion and Press liaison also ensures publicity opportunities are maximised.  Indeed, many clients also use his stand-alone PR services. 

In the theatre, Chris's background as a professional actor has expanded into directing, where he's quickly forging a new reputation.

He's worked in BBC radio, where second-by-second planning is essential;  is highly experienced in front of TV cameras and chat-show microphones;  has taken part in two Royal Variety shows; has presented performances on several occasions to members of the Royal family; has hosted delicate high-profile events such as the unveiling of a new War Memorial for Worcester City Council; and in July 2012 devised, directed and stage-managed a unique 'Royal Serenade' performance for HM The Queen and Prince Philip on their Diamond Jubilee visit to Hereford.


March 2015

September 2014



Here's a sample of Chris's work over the past few years: please ask for more...
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July 2012: Arena Director and 'Royal Ringmaster' for Herefordshire's 'Diamond Day' marking The Queen's visit to Herefordshire. Devising, co-ordinating, producing and presenting a Royal Serenade performed to Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Lord-Lieutenant of Herefordshire, VIPs, dignitaries, the media and upwards of 15,000 members of the public. Also selecting, programming, stage-managing and presenting Arena events throughout the day.  And sharing commentator duties!

December 1997 annually to December 2012:  Ringmaster and assistant Artistic Director (all in French language) for the Grand Cirque de Noël , Toulouse, France.

General Manager and Ringmaster for the Moscow State Circus, Gerry Cottle's Circus, Jimmy Chipperfield's Circus World, Continental Circus Berlin and others.

Marketing Manager, Theatre Royal Newcastle Upon Tyne 1987/88.  Including devising and coordinating PR events for the reopening of the theatre after refurbishment, gaining major national media coverage.

PR and publicity for the UK's largest circuses over many years, including:  Billy Smart's Circus, the Moscow State Circus, Zippo's Circus, Santus Circus, the Netherlands National Circus, the Great British Circus, Gerry Cottle's Circus, the American Three-Ring Circus, the Chinese State Circus.

Master of Ceremonies and specialist advisory services for the inauguration of the War Memorial, Gheluvelt Park, Worcester for Worcester City Council, August 2010.

Royal Variety Performance 1996:  devised,  directed  and appeared in a special Moscow State Circus sequence.

Advocacy to government levelChairman of the Circus Industry Sub-group, DEFRA Circus Working Group 2005 to 2007; long-term discussion of scientific evidence, culminating in an official report leading to policy decisions regarding wild animals in circuses.  Campaigner and Delegation member in Ministerial discussions regarding Licensing for travelling circuses.

BBC local radio:  Producer  and reporter, Action Desk social action programming, 2002 to 2006.

Moscow State Circus UK Tours 1988, 1995 to 2000:  Ringmaster, General Manager, Director.

Theatre:  Malvolio in ‘Twelfth Night’ on tour for TwoScoreYearsand10 with the Royal Shakespeare Company’s ‘Open Stages’ project;  major roles in ‘The Crucible’ and ‘Pygmalion’ for Tread the Boards Theatre Company, Stratford-upon-Avon;  director and actor in ‘Separate Tables’ at the Swan Theatre, Worcester;  Laurie Lee in ‘Cider With Rosie’, Swan Theatre, Worcester; supporting roles in four successive Shakespeare productions with Worcester Repertory Company; director and actor in ‘Shakespeare’s Queen Elizabeth II’ at Stratford-upon-Avon for Appletree Film & Theatre Company; leading role in ‘Art’ at the Conquest Theatre, Bromyard;  and more!

Publicising Britain’s Tea Poet, Elizabeth Darcy Jones, on a national promotional tour.

TV roles:  The Dick Emery Show, The Royal Variety Performance (twice), detective series ‘Strangers’, Merlin, Casualty.    Celebrity appearances and TV news items throughout Britain; Blue Peter, The One Show, Fully Booked, and more.

Filming:  Pop videos for Rick Astley (Never Knew Love) and Prefab Sprout (Welcome to the Carnival). 

Public speaking:  talking and lecturing on the history of the circus and on circus life to Degree students at The Circus Space, London, at the Academy of Circus Arts, and at after-lunch and after-dinner events.