U.K. Tour Dates Announced for Barnum; Linzi Hateley Joins Cast

News   U.K. Tour Dates Announced for Barnum; Linzi Hateley Joins Cast
 
Touring dates have been announced for a new U.K. tour of the recent Cameron Mackintosh/Chichester Festival Theatre production of Cy Coleman, Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble's 1980 Broadway musical Barnum, presented in a revised version by Mackintosh and Bramble.

Linzi Hateley
Linzi Hateley

Co-produced by Mackintosh and Michael Harrison, it will begin performances at Leicester's Curve Theatre Sept. 5, for a run through Sept. 13, then continue to Bristol, Southend, High Wycombe, London's New Wimbledon Theatre, Hull, Edinburgh, Manchester, Aberdeen, Bradford, Woking, Wolverhampton and Nottingham.

The previously announced Brian Conley, who will star in the title role of PT Barnum (played at Chichester by Broadway's Christopher Fitzgerald), will be joined by Linzi Hateley as his wife Chairy.

The production, which was directed at Chichester by Timothy Sheader, opened at Chichester's state-of-the-art Theatre in the Park in July 2013, and played to almost 70,000 people.

The 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. According to press materials, the production follows the legendary showman's life as he lit up the world with the color, 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.

Conley was most recently onstage as Fagin in the national tour of Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Oliver! West End stage credits include Edna Turnblad in Hairspray at the Shaftesbury Theatre, Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium, as well as Al Jolson in Jolson at the Victoria Palace, for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical. On television, he is probably best known for playing Doug Digby in "The Grimleys," his ITV1 show "The Brian Conley Show" and "An Audience with Brian Conley," as well as numerous Royal Variety Performances. Hateley, who created the title role of Carrie in the U.K. premiere at Stratford-upon-Avon and its subsequent short-lived Broadway premiere in 1988, is a West End regular. She also created the role of Mrs. Banks in Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's West End premiere of Mary Poppins and was nominated for an Olivier Award for her performance as The Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Other West End credits include Donna in Mamma Mia!, Roxie in Chicago, Rizzo in Grease and Eponine in Les Misérables. She most recently appeared in the National Theatre's production of London Road.

For full tour dates and to book tickets, visit http://www.cameronmackintosh.com/productions/across-the-uk/barnum-uk-tour.

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