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Casting announced for the Menier Chocolate Factory's Barnum

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CASTING has been announced for the first major London revival of Barnum, which runs at the Menier Chocolate Factory from November 25, 2017 to March 3, 2018.

Marcus Brigstocke (Oklahoma!, Royal Albert Hall) will play legendary circus figure PT Barnum, with Laura Pitt-Pulford (Nell Gwynn, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers) as Charity Barnum.

Joining them will be Tupele Dorgu (as Joice Heth), Harry Francis (Tom Thumb), Celinde Schoenmaker (Jenny Lind), Danny Collins, Eamonn Cox, Rosie Fletcher, Ainsley Hall Ricketts, Courtney Hows, Bethany Huckle, Philip Marriott, Dominic Owen and Lucie-Mae Summer.

Previously Posted: Gordon Greenberg (Guys and Dolls) is to direct the first major London revival of Barnum. The American musical with a book by Mark Bramble, lyrics by Michael Stewart, and music by Cy Coleman, will run at the Menier Chocolate Factory from November 25, 2017 to March 3, 2018.

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. Described as 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.

Musical numbers include Come Follow The Band, The Colors Of My Life, I Like Your Style and There Is A Sucker Born Ev’ry Minute.

The original production of Barnum opened at the St. James Theater on Broadway in April 1980 and starred Jim Dale as P.T. Barnum and Glenn Close as Charity Barnum. The show subsequently made its West End debut in June 1981 at the London Palladium, where it ran for 655 performances. The London cast included Michael Crawford, who won an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of the legendary showman.

Casting for the Chocolate Factory production has not yet been announced.

Tickets for Barnum will be on sale to the general public from Monday, September 11, 2017.

Also at the Menier Chocolate Factory: the English language world première of Florian Zeller’s The Lie, starring Samantha Bond, James Dreyfus, Tony Gardner and Alexandra Gilbreath (September 14 to November 18, 2017).