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Ciné Sunday: The Greatest Showman

Michael Gracey

Arguably one of the greatest entertainers who ever lived, and certainly among the first to see the full commercial potential of entertainment, P.T. Barnum is often described as the man who invented show business.


Enter a world of romance, drama and magic...

Directed by Michael Gracey from a screenplay by Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon (Dreamgirls), The Greatest Showman opens as Barnum (Hugh Jackman), a penniless nobody, is determined to bring his dream of a grand spectacle of theatre, acrobatics, and amusement to life. To help achieve this life-long dream, he surrounds himself with an eccentric group of like-minded people, including acrobat Anne Wheeler (Zendaya), singer Jenny Lind (Rebecca Ferguson) and wealthy apprentice Phillip Carlyle (Zac Efron). Together these unusual performers form a travelling show that sweeps the world.

“No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else” said Barnum, a complex figure in real life, who would no doubt have loved the idea of his extraordinary life being turned into an all-singing, all-dancing musical. Leave your world-weary cares at the door and enter a world of romance, drama and magic. It might be just the escape you need during the long, dark month of January.