Initial casting has been announced for the Menier Chocolate Factory’s production of Barnum. Marcus Brigstocke and Laura Pitt-Pulford are set to perform in the musical which follows the life of showman PT Barnum, who toured the major American cities throughout the 1800s. As well as featuring musical numbers, the show combine elemets of circus performance, such as clowns, jugglers and trapeze acts.
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... Read more