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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.

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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.

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Barnum is a colourful extravaganza

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.

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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
01702 351135

High Wycombe Swan Theatre - October 7 - 11
01494 512000

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
01274 432000

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
0844 8482700

Canterbury Marlowe - June 23 - July 4
01227 787787

Birmingham Hippodrome - July 7 - August 1
0844 338 5000 or online at Birmingham Hippodrome theatre.
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Why? See a colourful, vibrant theatre show
When: Until August 1, 2015
Phone: Various - see theatres
Where: Various theatres on UK tour
Cost: Starting at 16
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A circus musical? Cool. Looks like a lot og great acts.
by Bastion Harrison (score: 4|12626) 2765 days ago
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