October theatre and music preview - Barnum, Bristol Ensemble and Stuff And Nonsense - The Musical

THE award-winning Thornbury Musical Theatre Group is bringing the sparkle of the self-proclaimed greatest showman to the stage.

The group is set to perform circus-based musical Barnum! at the Armstrong Hall from October 23 to 26.

The show, first staged on Broadway in 1980, marries musical theatre and circus to tell the true story of Phineas Taylor Barnum, from humble beginnings selling lottery tickets to being one of the world’s most celebrated showmen.

Courted by presidents, kings and queens, he was famous worldwide for circus and freak show acts including Tom Thumb, Jenny Lind and Jumbo the Elephant.

A TMTG spokesperson said: "A joyful and moving musical portrait of the nineteenth century’s greatest showbiz legend, Barnum! is a colourful, dynamic spectacle full of circus, side-show legends, toe-tapping songs and immense heart."

Performances will be at 7.30pm every night and there is also a matinée on Saturday 26 at 2.30pm.

Tickets start at £10.50 and are available online at www.tmtg.org.uk, by calling 07516 270140 or from Lisa Costa Residential Sales and Lettings at 53 High Street, Thornbury.

For those who prefer classical music, members of the Bristol Ensemble, Bristol’s professional chamber orchestra led by violinist Roger Huckle, will once again visit Thornbury with a concert of popular classical music on October 26.

The orchestra's seventh autumn concert in the town will include a selection of seasonal, melodic orchestral pieces by Vaughan Williams, Vivaldi, Carmichael and Piazzolla.

The Bristol Ensemble is a musician’s collective inspired and led by Roger Huckle, bringing together the best of the region’s performers noted for their accessible and passionate performances.

The eagerly concert, which is organised by the Armstrong Arts Group as part of the fundraising for the Armstrong Hall Redevelopment Project, will be held in the United Reformed Church 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £16 each, form Thornbury Town Hall or by calling 01454 850933.

At Cossham Hall at 7.30pm on October 13, the Runcible Players will perform Stuff And Nonsense - The Musical, a reading-performance of a brand new musical by John Mills celebrating "the exuberant nonsense of Edward Lear and his tumbly Jumblies as they journey through his strange imagination".

Tickets are available by emailing stuffandnonsensethemusical@gmail.com with your name and the number of seats you want to reserve. Suggested donations of £10 adults, £5 children, are payable at the door, with proceeds going to charity.