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Musical, from 3 Nov 2017




"Barnum's the name, P.T. Barnum. And I want to tell you that tonight you are going to see - bar none - every sight, wonder and miracle that name stands for"

Here is the show that traces the career of Phineas Taylor Barnum, America's greatest showman, "The Prince of Humbug" from 1835 to 1881, the year he joined with James A Bailey to form "The Greatest Show on Earth".

Despite the objections of his wife, Chairy, Barnum attempts to create a show in which the main attractions are the freaks of society - the oldest woman alive, Joice Heth, the smallest man in the world, Tom Thumb; he builds his American Museum - and falls for the charms of the glamorous Swedish opera singer, Jenny Lind. Eventually, to appease Chairy, Barnum agrees to give up the show and start a normal life, lived in black & white rather than the colour he craves.

But in the end Barnum returns to the circus business in grand fashion by forming a partnership with James A Bailey - and the start of a circus tradition, which lasts until May 2017, just as York Light Youth started their rehearsals for "Barnum".

The score includes "There's a Sucker Born Ev'ry Minute"; "One Brick At a Time"; "The Colors of my Life"; "Black and White" and, of course, "Come Follow the Band".

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 3 Nov 2017 19:30
Sat 4 Nov 2017 14:30 19:30
Wed 8 Nov 2017 19:30
Thu 9 Nov 2017 19:30
Fri 10 Nov 2017 19:30
Sat 11 Nov 2017 14:30 19:30
Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the performance


Tickets £14 to £18

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Map reference: SE 606535  Lat: 53.97480 Long: -1.07605

The Theatre is a mile from the centre of York on Haxby Road, opposite the Nestlé factory and next to the Nuffield Hospital. There is a free car park available close to the theatre with the entrance on Haley's Terrace alongside the Yearsley Swimming Pool as shown on the map below. Drive through the first car park and park beyond the raised barrier

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 2 miles from York station


Joseph Rowntree Theatre

01904 501935


Haxby Road,
YO31 8TA


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
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With its location on Haxby Road, just over a mile from the city centre, York’s Joseph Rowntree Theatre is a vibrant hub of live entertainment, hosting productions from pantomime and musicals staged by talented local groups to touring performances by national and international musicians all year round. With 360 comfortably-upholstered seats spread across the stalls and balcony ensure that every audience member gets an unrestricted view of the stage, the Joseph Rowntree Theatre is a welcoming venue to which patrons return time and time again – York’s true theatrical gem.


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