Come follow the band for thrills of ‘Barnum’

Brian Conley as Phineas T Barnum. (Picture by Seamus Ryan).

Brian Conley as Phineas T Barnum. (Picture by Seamus Ryan).

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The smash hit production of the musical ‘Barnum’, starring Brian Conley in the title role of the master showman PT Barnum himself, will be staged at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen this autumn as part of a national tour of the Cameron Mackintosh and Chichester Festival Theatre production.

The stunning stage show, which combines traditional musical theatre with circus spectacle, jugglers, trapeze artists and clowns, will run for a week at the Aberdeen city centre theatre for a week from Tuesday, November 18.

This production of ‘Barnum’ opened at Chichester Festival Theatre’s Theatre in the Park in July last year and became one of the most successful musicals in the theatre’s 51 year history, with a record box office attendance of almost 70,000 people.

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 reveals a couple who looked at the world from opposite ends of the spectrum, and also reveals that she was the practical one who made Barnum’s dreams come true.

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

One of the UK’s most versatile actors and performers, Brian Conley 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’ at the Shaftesbury Theatre and Caractacus Potts in ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ at the London Palladium.

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

‘Barnum’ was a smash-hit when it opened on Broadway in 1980. Starring Glenn Close and Jim Dale, it won three Tony Awards and a Drama Desk Award.

Tickets are on sale now from the box office on 01224 641122 or www.aberdeenperformingarts.com