The Greatest Showman stage show to open in London

Come Alive! The Greatest Showman poster

A new circus show inspired by the hit film The Greatest Showman is set to dazzle London, helmed by one of theatre’s most iconic family names.

Simon Hammerstein, the grandson of legendary lyricist Oscar Hammerstein, is stepping up as creative director for Come Alive! The Greatest Showman.

Described as a “circus spectacular inspired by the 20th Century Fox Motion Picture,” the show promises to bring the magic of the film to life with stunning performances and the film’s beloved songs.

The show is scheduled to open on 23 September 2024 at the Empress Museum in London’s Earls Court in a 700-seat big-top space.

Come Alive! will feature the finest international circus stars (Cirque de Demain Medal Winners, Cirque du Soleil) and musical theatre talent from the West End.

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Hammerstein is joined on the creative team by Music Producer and Olivier Award-nominated Matthew Brind, Lead Choreographer Jerry Reeve and Emmy Award-nominated Lighting Designer Adam Bassett for Woodroffe Basset Design.

The 2017 film, which starred Hugh Jackman as the charismatic circus owner PT Barnum, featured a star-studded cast including Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, and Zendaya.

With iconic numbers like This Is Me and From Now On, the movie became a massive success, grossing hundreds of millions at the box office.

It also snagged Grammy and Golden Globe awards and earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song for This Is Me.

The soundtrack album dominated the UK charts, becoming the most streamed album for 18 months after its release.

Fans have been eagerly awaiting a stage adaptation, and Come Alive! The Greatest Showman might just be the spectacular show they’ve been dreaming of.

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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