Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will put on some of its final shows - ever - when it stops in Raleigh this week. And now there are more shows the general public can attend.
Feld Entertainment, the show's production company, announced in January that the 146-year-old show would be closing forever in May, a decision forced by declining attendance, higher operating costs, changes in public tastes and battles with animal rights groups.
Raleigh is among the final stops. Shows at the PNC Arena are scheduled Thursday through Sunday. This year, the show, called "Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out of This World," is billed as an "all-new immersive experience" with acrobatic performances on ice and a storyline that involves a cosmic voyage.
In addition to the regular shows, Ringling Bros. also has opened up seats to the two shows intended for school audiences for the general public. They are scheduled at 10:30 a.m., Thursday and Friday. Tickets start at $20.
You can get your tickets through Ticketmaster.