Audiences who love Musical Theatre should join the legions of fans of Beyond the Barricade, which heads to Theatre Royal Winchester on Sunday 22 March.
Last year, the UK’s longest running Musical Theatre Concert Tour celebrated 21 years young and being one of the country’s favourites.
Featuring past principal performers from the beloved musical, Les Miserables, they perform songs from some of the West End and Broadway’s most popular musicals – from The Lion King and Hamilton, to Blood Brothers, Jesus Christ Superstar and more; with a stunning finale from Les Mis.
After entertaining theatre goers worldwide, from the UK to New Zealand, Beyond the Barricade gives musicals the concert treatment, but the material is delivered as if the audience was watching the original musical performance each time; while songs that are normally performed by countless principals and ensemble members, with a large scale orchestra, are presented as impressively with far fewer singers.
With the show described as being far from a ‘sampler’ of Musical Theatre, the four performers bring to the stage a wealth of experience, and features Andy Reiss and David Fawcett, who devised Beyond the Barricade after appearing in the London and Manchester casts of Les Miserables.
David played the lead role of Jean Valjean in these productions; while Andy has played most of the male characters in the show, including Valjean and Enjolras – the leader of the radical group of French students in Les Mis, and he remains the only person to take on the job of being the show’s Resident Director, while performing in it at the same time.
Katie Leeming joins them, after playing Eponine in the West End production of Les Mis; appearing with the stage show on TV’s Classical Brit Awards and Royal Variety Performance as well; and as an ensemble vocalist in the 2012 film adaptation of Les Miserables; whilst the fourth member of Beyond the Barricade, Poppy Tierney, played Cosette in the West End production and UK tour of the show, as well as lead roles in Evita, Miss Saigon and The Witches of Eastwick, and in the 2018 ABBA film, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again – the sequel to the smash hit musical that came ten years earlier.
The four also appeared in the Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert, staged at the O2 Arena, in London, in 2010 – to mark the anniversary of the West End production. Andy, David, Katie and Poppy are joined with their own ensemble of talented musicians.
Beyond the Barricade will be at Theatre Royal Winchester on Sunday 22 March, at 7.30pm. Find out more, or book tickets, at theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk or call the Box Office on 01962 840 440.
Photo: Beyond the Barricade cast Credit Ewen Lewis