PREVIEW: Barnum, Menier Chocolate Factory

It has been recently announced that the Broadway musical is to be revived in London later this year. 


Featuring music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Michael Steward and a book by Mark Bramble, Barnum will arrive in London at the Menier Chocolate Factory from the 18th November.

Barnum tells the story of P.T. Barnum, the Greatest Showman on Earth, who combines razzle-dazzle with charm and brass to sell “humbug” to cheering crowds. A joyful and moving musical portrait of the nineteenth century’s greatest show-biz legend, Barnum is a colourful, dynamic spectacle full of circus, side-show legends and heart.

Combining musical theatre with the circus, Barnum features songs such as “The Colors of My Life”, “Come Follow the Band”, “The Prince of Humbug” and “Join the Circus”.

This latest revival will be directed by Gordon Greenberg, whose recent credits include directing the recent revival of  Guys and Dolls.

The musical originally premiered on Broadway in 1980 at the St James Theatre, with direction and choreography by Joe Layton. It then transferred to the West End at the London Palladium, starring Michael Crawford and Deborah Grant. Other revivals of Barnum include the 1992 production   starring Paul Nicholas at the Dominion Theatre and in 2013 at the Chichester Festival Theatre.

Barnum will play at the Menier Chocolate Factory from the 18th November until the 3rd March 2018. For more information and to book tickets visit:

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