Showman Brian stars in musical

Brian Conley as PT Barnum
Brian Conley as PT Barnum
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The national tour of a smash hit production of the musical Barnum can be seen at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham early next year.

The production will star Brian Conley as PT Barnum and Linzi Hateley as Chairy.

The Cameron Mackintosh and Chichester Festival Theatre smash hit production is to tour the country and will be performed at the venue from February 3-14.

Brian Conley is one of the UK’s most versatile actors and performers.

He most recently scored a huge success as Fagin in the national tour of Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Oliver!.

His recent West End stage credits include Edna Turnblad in Hairspray at the Shaftesbury Theatre and Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium.

One of the highlights of his career was originating the role of another great iconic American showman 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, his successful An Audience with Brian Conley and Royal Variety Performances.

Linzi Hateley is an award winning actress who has starred on Broadway, in the West End, with the RSC and at the National Theatre.

She created the role of Mrs Banks in Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins and was nominated for an Olivier Award for her performance as The Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

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.

Cy Coleman’s wonderfully exuberant score includes the hits Come Follow The Band, The Colours Of My Life and There Is A Sucker Born Ev’ry Minute.

Tickets are £22.50-£47.50 (plus concessions).

Call the box office on 0115 9895555.

n The Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham will again play host to The RAF In Concert on Friday, November 28, from 7.30pm.

Tickets are on sale for a special concert later this year celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of the UK’s greatest national icons - the Red Arrows.

The RAF in Concert tour returns to the Royal Centre on November 28 with a programme of music to match the colour, flamboyance and entertainment provided by the world’s most exciting aerobatic display team during the past five decades.

From rousing military marches to memorable musical moments from the stage and screen, the Band of the Royal Air Force will serve up a feast of timeless music classics.

The eagerly-awaited concert will be compered by BBC Radio 2’s Ken Bruce. For more details visit rafinconcert.com

Tickets are £17 - £23. For availability, call the box office on 0115 989 5555.

n Echo And The Bunnymen have announced new tour dates which will see them tour across the UK this winter, including a stop-off in Nottingham.

June saw Echo And The Bunnymen release their 12th studio album Meteorites, their first studio record in five years, to worldwide critical acclaim.

Meteorites contains ten new songs written by frontman Ian McCulloch and performed with fellow original band-member Will Sergeant on guitar and was produced by Youth, who has in the past produced The Verve, Shack and The Orb.

Formed in Liverpool in 1978, Echo And The Bunnymen have been responsible for some of the most celebrated singles in British music – Rescue, The Killing Moon, Lips Like Sugar, The Cutter, The Back of Love and Nothing Lasts Forever.

Echo and The Bunnymen will be bringing this latest tour to Rock City on December 2.

For more see www.rock-city.co.uk