Timothy Sheader

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Chichester Festival Theatre
‘Barnum’s the name, P T Barnum, and I want to tell you that tonight, on this stage, you are going to see - bar none - every sight, wonder and miracle that name stands for!’

This exhilarating Broadway 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 his dreams come true. We follow the legendary showman’s life as he lit up the world with the colour, 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.

Cy Coleman’s wonderfully exuberant score includes the hits Come Follow The Band, The Colours Of My Life and There’s A Sucker Born Ev’ry Minute. Barnum will be produced especially for the Theatre in the Park, Festival 2013’s magnificent temporary auditorium, its vast tented environment creating the perfect home for this brilliant, uplifting musical, shot through with the magic of circus.

"Brilliantly inventive staging by director Timothy Sheader..." Neil Norman
Daily Express

"A blockbuster show!" Neil Norman
Daily Express

"Timothy Sheader, who has given us many fine musical evenings at the Open Air Theatre, is a specialist in the genre. He provides an elegant production..." Fiona Mountford
Evening Standard

"Timothy Sheader’s tightly drilled, compactly designed and wholesomely acrobatic production is unstinting in its energy and euphoria levels.." Dominic Cavendish
The Telegraph

"You can't fault the energy generated by the directing and choreographing team of Timothy Sheader... " Michael Billington
The Guardian

Timothy Sheader's direction is clear, sharp and witty Clare Brennan
The Guardian

Theatre, Film and TV
Grant Parsons
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