PT Barnum - The Greatest Showman
PT Barnum has been immortalized in Barnum the musical, and the more recent award winning musical. “The Greatest Showman” But was he in reality how he has been portrayed? PT Barnum “The Untold Story” is a 2 hour audio visual presentation which tells the real truth behind PT Barnum and his world wide rise to fame as an entrepreneur, hoaxer and circus owner.
Playing upon the public’s interest in the unusual and bizarre, PT Barnum scoured the world for curiosities, living or dead, genuine or fake. By means of outrageous stunts, repetitive advertising, and exaggerated publicity, Barnum excited international attention, making vast sums of money by displaying, and exploiting those with physical disabilities, exploiting and promoting them as “Human Oddities” with names such as “The Four Legged Woman”, “The Human Worm”, "The Ape Woman", "The Bearded Lady”, “Tom Thumb”. Their stories, and many more, are featured during this 2 hour show, along with the many amazing animal acts which together made up “The Greatest Show on Earth”.
The Untold Story of PT Barnum is also a historical and nostalgic trip back down memory lane for the older generation to the days when the circus came to town. For the younger generation it is a historical journey back to see, and experience the magic of the circus, which they may never have seen, or experienced, which sadly has now all but disappeared for ever.
The show contains 140 original photographs and video clips all relative to the show's content.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adults||£15.50 per adult|
|Concessions||£14.50 per concession|
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.
- Disabled access
- Disabled toilets
- Facilities for hearing impaired
Booking & Payment Details
- Credit cards accepted (no fee)
- On-site light refreshments
- Parking with charge
- Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
- Public toilets
- Smoking not allowed
|Season (30 Sept 2021)|
* This event was originally due to take place at an earlier date, but it was rescheduled due to Covid-19 (Coronavirus).
Map & Directions
The Winding Wheel is in Chesterfield town centre and there are many nearby car parks. The directions below are to the nearest car park.
From North/South Leave M1 at junction 29 and follow A617 to Chesterfield (approx 4 miles). At roundabout select middle lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout select right hand lane and take 2nd exit (Lordsmill Street). Keep to right hand lane and go straight on through traffic lights and round back of 'Crooked Spire' Church. Select right hand lane and go straight on at 1st and 2nd set of traffic lights, approaching large roundabout with car park in middle. Keep to right hand lane and turn right into car park (Holywell Cross).
From East Follow A617 to junction with M1 motorway, then follow route from North/South.
From West Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Matalan) select middle lane and take 3rd exit. Keep to left lane and, at traffic lights, go straight on. At next roundabout select left lane and take 1st exit (Lordsmill Street). Select right hand lane, then follow route from North/South.
Public Transport Directions
Nearest train station Chesterfield, 5 minute walk away.
Any bus to Chesterfield town centre.