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Brian Conley in UK tour including Birmingham and London
Big top action in a big, big show - that's Barnum.
The musical showstopper recently resurfaced for a special performance in London but with huge demand for tickets, producers have announced the production will now go on a highly-anticipated UK tour.
Brian Conley stars in Barnum
Taking on the lead role is TV favourite Brian Conley as circus owner Phineas.T. Barnum, while Linzi Hateley takes on the role of Chairy.
P.T Barnum was billed as America's Greatest Showman and this show charters his life and loves, including his marriage to Chairy, a woman who provided the backbone to his family life while Barnum created a big top full of dreams.
The story in Barnum moves towards Barnum's collaboration with another showman, J A Bailey, to ultimately create Barnum and Bailey's Circus – the Greatest Show on Earth.
Vibrant with costumes, circus acrobatics and lively songs, the score by Cy Coleman includes favourites Come Follow The Band, The Colours Of My Life and There Is A Sucker Born Ev'ry Minute.
Cameron Mackintosh - the producer of renowned shows Les Miserables, Cats and Phantom of the Opera - is behind the lavish new extravagant musical.
Barnum the musical has an illustrious history - the show dates back to 1980 when it won three Tony Awards and a Drama Desk Award after premiering on Broadway. That production starred Glenn Close and Jim Dale. Transferring to London in 1981, it gained further success with actor Michael Crawford, who scooped an Olivier Award for his performance as Barnum.
Circus tricks and glamour in Barnum
Brian Conley, speaking about Barnum, said, "It's such an amazing show, full of great 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 and now, thanks to Michael Harrison and Cameron Mackintosh, the dream has come true."
This latest production of Barnum got its premiere at Chichester Festival Theatre's Theatre in the Park in July 2013 playing to almost 70,000 people.
Barnum - UK Tour Dates
Tickets are priced from £16 and available from individual theatre websites or through the Barnum Tour website.
Leicester Curve - September 5 - 13
0116 242 3595
Bristol Hippodrome - September 16 - 27
0844 871 3012
Southend Cliffs Pavilion - September 30 - October 4
High Wycombe Swan Theatre - October 7 - 11
London New Wimbledon New Theatre - October 14 - 18
0844 871 7646
Hull New Theatre - October 21 - 25
01482 300 300
Edinburgh Playhouse - October 27 - November 1
0844 871 3014
Manchester Palace Theatre - November 4 - 15
0844 871 3019
Aberdeen His Majesty's Theatre - November 18 - 22
01224 641 122
Bradford Alhambra - November 25 - 29
Woking New Victoria - January 20 - 24
0844 871 7645
Wolverhampton Grand - January 27 - 31
01902 42 92 12
Nottingham Theatre Royal - February 3 - 14
0115 989 5555
Newcastle Theatre Royal - February 17 - 28
08448 11 21 21
Leeds Grand Theatre - April 14 - 25
Canterbury Marlowe - June 23 - July 4