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.
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
Ainsley Hall Ricketts
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
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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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