Preview: Beyond the Barricade, Theatre Royal Winchester

Preview: Beyond the Barricade, Theatre Royal Winchester

Musical theatre fans are guaranteed a night of the best numbers from the West End and Broadway when Beyond the Barricade arrives at Theatre Royal Winchester on 7 May.

Beyond the Barricade – the UK’s longest running musical theatre concert tour – features past principal performers from Les Miserables, and delivers over two hours of popular and beloved songs from the The Lion King, Hamilton, Blood Brothers, Phantom of the Opera, and concludes with a spectacular finale from Les Mis.

Beyond the Barricade gives the musical theatre songs which feature a bold concert format – but delivers them as if the audience were watching their original performance.

Described as the most popular musical theatre concert in the country, Beyond the Barricade features Andy Reiss and David Fawcett who devised the show after appearing in the London and Manchester casts of Les Miserables.

Fawcett played the lead, Jean Valjean, in London and Manchester, while Reiss played most of the male characters including Jean Valjean and Enjolras, and who remains the only person to take on the job of being the show’s Resident Director (for the national tour) while also performing at the same time.

With them, Katie Leeming, who played lead role, Eponine, in the West End production of Les Mis and featured as an ensemble vocalist in the 2012 movie of the same name, and Poppy Tierney, who played Cosette in the West End production and UK tour of Les Mis and who has also played lead roles in Evita and The Witches of Eastwick, as well as appearing in the 2018 film, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again.

All four performers starred in the Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2 Arena, in London and are now joined on stage with their own ensemble of talented musicians – a live band that capture the feel of the original orchestrations of the musicals, meaning every note is still played and sung live.

Beyond the Barricade will be at Theatre Royal Winchester on Thursday 4 May at 7.30pm. For more information or to book tickets visit: or call 01962 840 440.

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