A blockbuster season in store for theatregoers to Wycombe Swan

BARNUM

The Wycombe Swan has announced a blockbuster season of top shows.

Brian Conley is touring to the venue with the Cameron Mackintosh three-ring revival of Barnum.

There is also the critically acclaimed To Kill A Mockingbird; Dawn French and her one-woman show; the National Theatre’s One Man, Two Guvnors and the sensational West End hit, The Full Monty.

Chichester Festival Theatre’s touring production of Barnum plays at the Swan from Oct 7-11.

This exhilarating musical follows the irrepressible imagination and dreams of Phineas T Barnum, America’s Greatest Showman as he sets out to create the greatest show on earth.

Said Conley: “I am absolutely delighted to be returning to High Wycombe in such an amazing show full of amazing songs, comedy and colour and telling the true story of one of the great showmen of his time, PT Barnum.

“I remember seeing Michael Crawford’s ‘Barnum’ at the London Palladium and ever since have dreamed of playing the role.

“Now, thanks to Michael Harrison and Cameron Mackintosh, the dream has come true.”

To Kill A Mockingbird (November 3–8) comes direct from two sensational runs at London’s Regents Park Open Air Theatre.

Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel sees racial injustice envelop a small-town community.

Through courage and compassion, lawyer Atticus Finch seeks the truth, and his feisty daughter, Scout – a young girl on the cusp of adulthood – brings new hope to a neighbourhood in turmoil.

Dawn French drops by on November 9 with her 30 Million Minutes show.

One Man Two Guv’nors (December 1-6) embarks on its biggest-ever tour of the UK. Richard Bean’s award-winning play is a glorious celebration of British comedy – a unique, laugh-out-loud mix of satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners. Starring Gavin Stokes (from Leighton Buzzard) as Francis Henshall.

You have to wait until next April for the arrival of The Full Monty (Ap 6-11) starring TV’s Gary Lucy in the lead in a cast that includes Andrew Dunn, Louis Emerick, Rupert Hill, Martin Miller and Bobby Schofield.

Gary Lucy

In 1997, a British film about six out-of-work Sheffield steelworkers with nothing to lose, took the world by storm becoming one of the most successful British films ever made.

Now, the boys are back, only this time, they really have to go The Full Monty…live on stage.

For other highlights go to the theatre’s website www.wycombeswan.co.uk

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