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 and heart.

Mark Bramble
Gordon Greenberg
Songs by:
Cy Coleman (music), Michael Sewart (lyrics)
Cast list:
Laura Pitt-Pulford, Marcus Brigstocke
Barnum Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
Saturday, 18 November, 2017
Available from: 
Thursday, 14 December, 2017
Saturday, 3 March, 2018
Booking to: 
Saturday, 3 March, 2018

Menier Chocolate Factory

51 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU
Nearest tube:
London Bridge
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Our Barnum Review

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

Latest Barnum News & Features

Marcus Brigstocke and Laura Pitt-Pulford to star in Barnum at the Menier
Friday, September 29, 2017

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.

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Barnum to be revived at Menier Chocolate Factory this November
Monday, August 21, 2017

The Tony Award-winning musical Barnum is to be revived in London this November at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Barnum, which has music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Michael Steward and a book by Mark Bramble, tells the story of PT Barnum, known as the greatest showman on Earth. The biographical show combines musical theatre with circus to tell the story of the showbiz legend. The musical features well-known tunes such as "The Colors of My Life", "Come Follow the Band", "The Prince of Humbug" and “Join the Circus”.

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