Musical lovers in Chichester are in for a treat: from July 15th to 31st August, Theatre in the Park will be performing Barnum, the story of legendary American showman Phineas Barnum.
The show enjoys a vibrant history. It originally opened on Broadway in 1980, closing in 1982 after 854 performances. The star studded cast included Jim Dale as Barnum and Glenn Close as his wife Charity. When it made its West End debut in 1981, the London cast starred theatrical royalty Michael Crawford as Barnum. This will be the first British run of the show since then; it will be performed in a temporary 1,400 seat auditorium, a perfect setting for the man who created The Greatest Show on Earth.
The exciting new production will feature Christopher Fitzgerald, rising Broadway star and two time Tony award nominee, and Tasmin Carroll, best known for her portrayal of Nancy in the West End production of Oliver! With its engaging storyline, irrepressible score by Cy Coleman and Cameron Mackintosh producing, it is one of the festival’s most eagerly awaited tickets.
It’s hoped it’ll be one of a recent line of Chichester successes which have transferred to the West End, including recent productions of Sweeney Todd, Kiss Me Kate and Singin’ in the Rain. Visit the Chichester Festival Theatre website to book tickets.