Roll up, roll up. Barnum brings greatest show on earth to Menier Chocolate Factory

Roll up, Roll up, for the Greatest Show on Earth is coming to the Menier this Christmas.

The Menier Chocolate Factory today announces the a major London revival of Barnum.

Gordon Greenberg’s production opens in December, with previews from November 25, and runs until March 3.

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.

With music by Cy Coleman (Sweet Charity and The Life), lyrics by Michael Stewart (book writer of Hello Dolly! and Mack and Mabel; and co-adaptor of 42nd Street), and book by Mark Bramble (co-author of 42nd Street and director of the current revival), this Tony Award-winning musical premièred on Broadway in 1980.

A year later it opened in the West End starring Michael Crawford and was reprised five years later.

Barnum runs at the Menier Chocolate Factory from November 25 – March 3.

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