Friday, June 22

Barnum Revival Planned for Chichester Next Summer

Chichester Festival Theatre has announced plans for a revival of the musical Barnum next summer, dependent on the theatre raising the money for its proposed £22 Renew project.

It is proposed that Barnum will be staged in a 1,400 seater tent in the grounds of Oaklands Park in Chichester while the theatre undergoes redevelopment.

If it goes ahead it is understood that CFT would be keen to bring the musical (complete with tent) into London following its Chichester run.

The musical  is based on the life of American showman P T Barnum.  The original production opened  on Broadway 1980 starring Jim Dale.  When it opened at the London Palladium in 1981 Michael Crawford took the lead famously performing all his own stunts including tightrope walking and riding a unicycle.

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