Brian Conley walks the high wire in Barnum on tour


The national tour of the smash hit big top musical Barnum, starring Brian Conley and Linzi Hateley has hit the road on a national tour.

It appears at Wycombe Swan from October 7-11.

Brian Conley is one of the UK’s most versatile actors and performers.

He most recently scored a huge success as Fagin in the national tour of Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Oliver!.

His recent West End stage credits include Edna Turnblad in Hairspray and Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

One of the highlights of his career was originating the role of another great iconic American showman, Al Jolson in Jolson at the Victoria Palace for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award.

Linzi Hateley is an award winning actress who has starred on Broadway, in the West End, with the RSC and at the National Theatre.

This revival of Barnum, created by Cameron Macintosh, first opened at Chichester Festival Theatre in 2013 to huge acclaim.


The musical follows the irrepressible imagination and dreams of Phineas T Barnum, America’s Greatest Showman.

The story of his life and his marriage to Chairy is as colourful as the shows he managed.

The production follows the legendary showman’s life as he lit up the world and finally teamed up with J A Bailey to create Barnum and Bailey’s Circus – the Greatest Show on Earth.

Cy Coleman’s exuberant score includes the hits Come Follow The Band, The Colours Of My Life and There Is A Sucker Born Ev’ry Minute.

Barnum has music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Michael Stewart and a book by Mark Bramble in a revised version by Cameron Mackintosh and Mark Bramble.

The award-winning Barnum originally opened on Broadway in 1980, starring Glenn Close and Jim Dale.

When Barnum opened at the London Palladium in 1981 Michael Crawford took the lead, winning an Olivier Award for his performance.

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