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Closed March 3, 2018

The supporting cast fizzes with energy, performing tricks and twirling hoops in an extravagantly acrobatic style that often looks as if it might spill beyond the theatre.

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Why See Barnum?

Come Join The Band!

Step right up and enjoy the story of circus impresario Phineas Taylor Barnum, otherwise known as PT. Barnum, the Greatest Showman on Earth. From humble beginnings to his famed partnership with James Bailey, Barnum traces his career, life, and relationships as he strives to create the world's most spectacular circus.

Written by Mark Bramble with music and lyrics by Cy Coleman and Michael Steward, the show first premiered on Broadway in 1980 before transferring to London in 1981. Held in high regard by critics and audiences alike, it added, amongst others 'The Colours of my Life', 'Join the Circus', 'The Prince of Humbug' to the musical theatre canon. Only a real sucker would miss this new razzle-dazzle revival.

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Previews from: 25 November 2017

Opening night: 25 November 2017

Cast and Creative


Marcus Brigstocke as P.T. Barnum
Laura Pitt-Pulford as Charity Barnum
Tupele Dorgu as Joice Heth
Harry Francis as Tom Thumb
Celinde Schoenmaker as Jenny Lind
Danny Collins
Eammon Cox
Rosie Fletcher
Ainsley Hall Ricketts
Courtney Hows
Bethany Huckle
Philip Marriott
Dominic Owen
Lucie-Mae Summer


Directed by Gordon Greenberg
Music by Cy Coleman 
Lyrics by Michael Stewart 
Choreography by Rebecca Howell
Designs by Paul Farnsworth 
Musical direction by Alex Parker
Circus direction by Scott Maidment
Lighting design by Philip Gladwell 
Sound design by Gregory Clarke
Orchestrations by Chris Walker

What we thought

magical Terrific HILARIOUS

you are transported back in time as soon as you step through the front door

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