It’s showtime for star Brian

BARNUM,            ,  Music -  CY COLEMAN, Lyrics - MICHAEL STEWART , Book �' Mark Bramble, Director �' Timothy Shreader, Co- director �' Liam Steel, Co �' choreographer �' Andrew Wright, Chichester Festival Theatre, 2013, Credit �' Johan Persson/
BARNUM, , Music - CY COLEMAN, Lyrics - MICHAEL STEWART , Book �' Mark Bramble, Director �' Timothy Shreader, Co- director �' Liam Steel, Co �' choreographer �' Andrew Wright, Chichester Festival Theatre, 2013, Credit �' Johan Persson/

Star performer Brian Conley will be treading the boards at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal from February 3-14 as he takes the title role in the touring musical Barnum.

The national tour of the Cameron Mackintosh and Chichester Festival Theatre smash hit production of the musical sees Conley team up with Linzi Hateley in the lead roles.

Brian Conley is one of the UK’s most versatile actors and performers with a considerable track record in the world of musical theatre.

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 hugely successful An Audience with Brian Conley and numerous Royal Variety Performances, as well as hosting the quiz show Timeline.

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, and also reveals that she was the practical one who made Barnum’s dreams come true.

The production follows the legendary showman’s life as he lit up the world with the colour, warmth and excitement of his imagination

Cy Coleman’s wonderfully exuberant score includes the hits Come Follow The Band, and The Colours Of My Life.

Tickets are £47.50 - £22.50 plus concessions, available on 0115 9895555.