Phineas Taylor Barnum, the great 19th century American circus entrepreneur, specialised in what he called the art of humbug - the ability to deceive or mislead. But this being the festive season with multiple productions of A Christmas Carol doing the rounds as ever, I'm afraid I could only think of wanting to invoke Ebenezer Scrooge's famous exclamation “Bah Humbug” instead as I watched the Menier Chocolate Factory's revival of the 1980 biographical musical Barnum. Read more
Barnum tells the story of P.T. Barnum, the Greatest Showman on Earth, who combines razzle-dazzle with charm and brass to sell “humbug” to cheering crowds. A joyful and moving musical portrait of the nineteenth century’s greatest show-biz legend, Barnum is a colourful, dynamic spectacle full of circus, side-show legends, toe-tapping songs and immense heart.