with CHRISTOPHER FITZGERALD TAMSIN CARROLL
Music by CY COLEMAN Lyrics by MICHAEL STEWART Book by MARK BRAMBLE
In a Revised Version by Cameron Mackintosh and Mark Bramble
15th July – 31st August Theatre in the Park, Chichester
COME FOLLOW THE BAND Chichester Festival Theatre will unveil its temporary state-of-the-art auditorium, Theatre in the Park, with a major new production of the musical Barnum, presented in association with Cameron Mackintosh.
Christopher Fitzgerald is P T Barnum. A rising star on Broadway, he has garnered great acclaim for roles such as Boq in the original cast of Wicked; Og in Finian’s Rainbow, Young Frankenstein, Amour and Launcelot Gobbo opposite Al Pacino in The Merchant of Venice.
Tamsin Carroll will play Chairy, Barnum’s wife. Tamsin was most recently seen in the West End as Nancy in Oliver!, a role she also played in her native Australia, for which she was awarded the prestigious Helpmann Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
Chichester’s brand new auditorium will be erected in June while the £22 million RENEW redevelopment of the Festival Theatre continues. Mirroring the Festival Theatre’s auditorium, the purpose-built temporary building will house 1,400 seats and a thrust stage. It will be just a few minutes stroll across Oaklands Park from the Festival Theatre site.
This exhilarating 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 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 is at Theatre in the Park from 15th July – 31st August.
Tickets from £10. cft.org.uk/barnum 01243 781312