The Greatest Showman (PG)



Musical (2017)
105mins US

Starring: Zendaya, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson
Director: Michael Gracey
Writer(s): Bill Condon, Jenny Bicks
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

As a boy, lowly tailor's son PT Barnum falls head over heels in love with Charity Hallett, who comes from a wealthy family. Romance blossoms and PT asks for the hand in marriage of Charity, who doesn't care about her parents' riches. The couple raise two daughters, Caroline and Helen, and PT vows to provide for his family by establishing a museum of living curiosities including bearded lady Lettie Lutz, dwarf Charles Stratton and high-flying trapeze siblings WD and Anne Wheeler.

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The Greatest Showman (PG)

Roll up and rock out for director Michael Gracey's hyperkinetic, foot-stomping musical based on the topsy-turvy life of circus impresario and master of shameless self-promotion, Phineas Taylor Barnum. Razzle smooches dazzle in every breathlessly choreographed, crowd-pleasing frame of this rags-to-riches fairy tale set to a wickedly infectious score composed by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who pirouetted away with Oscars for La La Land. The duo should clear the mantelpiece for more golden statuettes because their songbook here is a barnstorming selection of earworms, from the rousing beat of curtain raiser "The Greatest Show" to the operatic cri de coeur of "Never Enough" and defiant battle cry of "This Is Me"...

The Greatest Showman. Copyright: 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Caption: Hugh Jackman as PT Barnum and Keala Settle as the bearded lady Lettie Lutz in The Greatest Showman, directed by Michael Gracey. Photo: Niko Tavernise. All Rights Reserved.Unquestionably, the script co-written by Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon is light on characterisation and polishes the morally questionable legacy of manipulator P.T. to a sanitised lustre. Style trumps meaty substance with lavish period detail and swagger. Somehow, despite manifold failings, Gracey's picture is a joy-infused, whoop-inducing blast of pure pleasure that calibrates every swoon of romance and doff of a top hat with masterful precision. Barnum once professed, "The noblest art is making others happy". The Greatest Showman does that with a flourish and I was gleefully and giddily suckered.

Tailor's son P.T. (Hugh Jackman) falls under the spell of Charity Hallett (Michelle Williams), who harks from privileged stock. "Sooner or later, she'll tire of your life, of having nothing," sneers her class-conscious father (Frederic Lehne). P.T. and Charity live modestly with two cherubic daughters (Austyn Johnson, Cameron Seely) until daddy dearest blags a 10,000 dollar bank loan for a museum of living curiosities. The exhibits include bearded lady Lettie Lutz (Keala Settle), dwarf Charles Stratton (Sam Humphrey) and high-flying trapeze siblings WD and Anne Wheeler (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Zendaya). Sardonic newspaper critic James Gordon Bennett (Paul Sparks) denounces the enterprise as "a primitive circus of humbug". The public disagrees, swarming to P.T.'s palace "of the offensive and indecent", which he expands with investment from rich kid Phillip Carlyle (Zac Efron). Hungry for acceptance by the hoi polloi, P.T. abandons his position to mastermind the world tour of Swedish songbird Jenny Lind (Rebecca Ferguson). His prolonged absence strains the Barnums' marriage just as protests against the circus reach fever pitch.

Like the film version of Mamma Mia!, The Greatest Showman plays to its splashy strengths, delivering pop-powered entertainment in its purest form. Jackman embraces his underwritten role with gusto, catalysing a sweet screen romance with Williams in between spectacularly staged musical sequences that frequently take the breath away. Efron and Zendaya take flight in their duet Rewrite The Stars, soaring almost as high as Gracey's picture, which logic dictates should come crashing down to earth. In a daredevil feat worthy of Barnum himself, the disparate elements defy gravity and endlessly delight.

- Jo Planter

The Greatest Showman. Copyright: 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Caption: Hugh Jackman as PT Barnum and Keala Settle as the bearded lady Lettie Lutz in The Greatest Showman, directed by Michael Gracey. Photo: Niko Tavernise. All Rights Reserved.


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- Accrington, Vue Accrington
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Ashbourne, Showtime Cinemas Ashbourne
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow (Apollo)
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Bolton, The Light Cinema, Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Borehamwood, Reel Cinema Borehamwood
- Bradford, The Light Cinema, Bradford
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Buckingham, The Film Place
- Burnley, Reel Cinema Burnley
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Catterick Garrison, Empire Catterick Garrison
- Chorley, Little Theatre
- Colchester, Brightlingsea Community Centre
- Coventry, Showcase Coventry
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Showcase Derby Cinema De Lux
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Savoy
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Fakenham, Central Cinema Fakenham
- Fareham, Reel Cinema Fareham
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Galashiels, Pavilion
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Showcase Glasgow
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Gorey, [email protected]
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Harpenden, Harpenden Common
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hawkhurst, Kino Hawkhurst
- High Wycombe, Empire High Wycombe
- Hull, Reel Cinema Hull
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Kidderminster, Reel Cinema Kidderminster
- Kirkcaldy, Adam Smith Theatre
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leyburn, The Old School House Arts Centre
- Lifford, Eclipse Cinemas Lifford
- Limerick, Showtime Cinemas Limerick
- Lisburn, Lisburn Omniplex
- Liverpool, Showcase Liverpool
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Londonderry, Brunswick Moviebowl
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Mansfield, Odeon Mansfield
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Morecambe, Reel Cinema Morecambe
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newquay, Lighthouse Cinema
- Newry, Newry Omniplex
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nuneaton, Odeon Nuneaton
- Paisley, Showcase Paisley
- Perth, Perth Playhouse
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Port Talbot, Reel Cinema Port Talbot
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Quinton Halesowen, Reel Cinema Quinton Halesowen
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Rhyl, Vue Rhyl (Apollo)
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, The Light Cinema, Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockport, The Light Cinema, Stockport
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Teesside
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Thame, The Players Theatre
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Tiverton, Tivoli
- Truro, Plaza Cinema
- Wallasey, The Light Cinema, New Brighton
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Walsall, The Light Cinema, Walsall
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wellington, Wellesley Cinema
- Widnes, Reel Cinema Widnes
- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- York, Vue York
From Friday 25th May
To Thursday 31st May

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Queens Link
- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square
- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Aldershot, Cineworld Aldershot
- Aldershot, Princes Hall
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Ashbourne, Showtime Cinemas Ashbourne
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow (Apollo)
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bedford, Cineworld Bedford
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham NEC
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Boldon Colliery, Cineworld Boldon Tyne And Wear
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, The Light Cinema, Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bracknell, Cineworld Bracknell
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Bradford, The Light Cinema, Bradford
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Brighton, Cineworld Brighton
- Bristol, Cineworld Bristol
- Bristol, Cineworld Yate
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Burnley, Reel Cinema Burnley
- Burton-on-Trent, Cineworld Burton Upon Trent
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Bury St Edmunds, Cineworld Bury St Edmunds
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Vue Cardiff
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Chester, Cineworld Broughton
- Chesterfield, Cineworld Chesterfield
- Chichester, Cineworld Chichester
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Cromer, Regal Movieplex
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dover, Cineworld Dover
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dundee, Cineworld Dundee
- Eastbourne, Cineworld Eastbourne
- East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Ely, Cineworld Ely
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Falmouth, Phoenix Cinema
- Fareham, Cineworld Whiteley
- Fareham, Reel Cinema Fareham
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Farnham, Farnham Maltings
- Galashiels, Pavilion
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Parkhead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Gloucester, Cineworld Gloucester Quays
- Gorey, [email protected]
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Harlow, Cineworld Harlow - Queensgate
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- Hinckley, Cineworld Hinckley
- Hull, Cineworld Hull
- Hull, Reel Cinema Hull
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Huntingdon, Cineworld Huntingdon
- Ilfracombe, Embassy Cinema
- Ipswich, Cineworld Ipswich
- Jersey, Cineworld Jersey
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Cineworld Leeds
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Leigh, Cineworld Leigh
- Limerick, Showtime Cinemas Limerick
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Llandudno, Cineworld Llandudno
- Londonderry, Brunswick Moviebowl
- Loughborough, Cineworld Loughborough
- Luton, Cineworld Luton
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- New Milton, Forest Arts Centre
- Newport, Cineworld Isle Of Wight
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Friars Walk
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Newquay, Lighthouse Cinema
- Northampton, Cineworld Northampton
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Nottingham, Chilwell Arts Theatre
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Perth, Perth Playhouse
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
- Redruth, Regal Film Centre
- Rhyl, Vue Rhyl (Apollo)
- Rochdale, Odeon Rochdale
- Rochester, Cineworld Rochester
- Rugby, Cineworld Rugby
- Ruislip, Cineworld South Ruislip
- Runcorn, Cineworld Runcorn
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Seaham, Cineworld Dalton Park
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, The Light Cinema, Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Shrewsbury, Cineworld Shrewsbury
- Solihull, Cineworld Solihull
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- St. Neots, Cineworld St Neots
- Stockport, The Light Cinema, Stockport
- Stoke-on-Trent, Cineworld Stoke-on-Trent
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Regent Circus
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Shaw Ridge
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Torquay, Central Cinema
- Wakefield, Cineworld Wakefield
- Wallasey, The Light Cinema, New Brighton
- Walsall, The Light Cinema, Walsall
- Wantage, The Beacon
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wembley, Cineworld Wembley
- Weston-super-Mare, Cineworld Weston-Super-Mare
- Weymouth, Cineworld Weymouth
- Widnes, Reel Cinema Widnes
- Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton
- Yeovil, Cineworld Yeovil
- York, Vue York


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