26th February - 1st March 2008
Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch, Essex
Following the success of Oliver! last year, the standard was set extremely high for the show to follow it. However, thanks to the dedication of Director, Steve Liversedge, Musical Director, Natalie Thurlow and the enthusiastic cast, Barnum was delivered in a spectacular fashion. The tagline ’The Greatest Show on Earth’, was deemed more than appropriate and a fantastic time was had by the audience, cast and crew.
Barnum tells the story of the Prince of Humbug, Phineas Taylor Barnum. Over the objections of his wife, Charity, Barnum attempts to create a show in which the main attractions are freaks of society. Included in this mix of characters includes the oldest women alive, Joice Heth, the smallest man in the world, Tom Thumb, and to top it all off, a glamorous Swedish opera singer, Jenny Lind. Eventually, to appease Charity, Barnum agrees to give up the show and start a normal life. In the end, after Charity dies, Barnum returns to the circus business in grand fashion by forming a partnership with James A. Baily. Thus, the two men form The Greatest Show on Earth
Lennox would like to give an extra special thanks to The Romford Royal British Legion Band and Corps of Drums for their astounding performance of ’Come Follow the Band’.
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Below are some photos from the show.