PREVIEW: Barnum, Theatre Royal, Newcastle

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CAMERON Mackintosh and Michael Harrison will bring their smash hit production of the musical Barnum, starring Brian Conley as PT Barnum and Linzi Hateley as Chairy, to the region next year.

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 51 year history of Chichester Festival Theatre, 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 sides 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.

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

Brian Conley recently scored a huge success as Fagin in the national tour of Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Oliver! which stormed the Theatre Royal in 2012.

His recent West End stage credits include Edna Turnblad in Hairspray and Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium. Tickets are available from £21 (a booking fee of 95p - £1.95 will apply to most tickets) and can be purchased from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 or select your own seat and book online at www.theatreroyal.co.uk