What’s on Manchester: Beyond The Barricade Tickets at the Palace Theatre, Manchester
Sunday 21st May 2017
Tickets from £24.25
Beyond the Barricade has delighted audiences throughout the UK and mainland Europe for more than a decade, with its exciting concert portrayal of the greatest songs in musical theatre, all performed totally live!
Recreating original West End/Broadway musical hit songs with amazing authenticity, this cast of past principal performers from Les Misérables, present a blockbuster two-hour show, and is now established as the nation’s favourite musical theatre concert.
Starring Andy Reiss, David Fawcett, Katie Leeming and Rebecca Vere, together with their own ensemble of talented musicians, Beyond the Barricade features songs from The Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Jersey Boys, The Lion King, Blood Brothers, Miss Saigon and many others, climaxing with a spectacular finale from, of course, Les Misérables
Andy Reiss and David Fawcett devised Beyond the Barricade after appearing in the Manchester and London casts of Les Misérables. David played the lead role of Jean Valjean in both of these productions, and Andy played most of the male characters, including Enjolras and Valjean, and still remains the only person to take on the job of being the shows Resident Director, and perform in it at the same time.
Also on stage is Katie Leeming, who joined Beyond the Barricade after playing the lead role of Eponine in the West End production of Les Misérables, and Rebecca Vere who played Cosette in Les Misérables.
Don’t miss the return of Beyond the Barricade to experience its nationwide reputation for quality and perfection in musical theatre and find out why this exciting show has received critical acclaim across the UK and abroad.
About Beyond the Barricade
In 1996 Andy Reiss and David Fawcett were asked to arrange and perform a series of musical theatre concerts for the MENCAP Charity.
Andy and David had met while performing in the original Manchester company of Les Miserables.
The first concert took place in a small marquee in the grounds of a country house in Piltdown, Sussex.
The concert followed the successful formula employed by Andy Reiss, who had developed this musical concert format with his earlier charity fundraising group, Ovation – putting together an evening of classical musical theatre hits with the sole aim of delivering them as if they were being heard in the original production.
Over the next few years, the show began to take on a life of its own. Andy and David recruited two brilliant stars in Rebecca Thornhill and Carmen Cusack, following a move to only cast Les Miserables principals.
With the decision to plan a full UK Tour in 1999 the show, after much deliberation, was renamed ‘Beyond the Barricade’
Beyond the Barricade launched into a major UK Tour and swiftly built up a reputation for its slick no-nonsense style – giving musical theatre songs a bold concert format treatment – but with the conviction and intention to deliver the material as if the audience were watching the original performance.
The refusal to use ‘click’ tracks also enhanced the dynamic feel of the show. Andy, together with John Cornford – the show’s original keyboard player – worked hard to capture the feel of the original orchestrations of the chosen musicals, and to this day every musical note is still played and sung live – very rare indeed.
Beyond the Barricade celebrated its first major year on the circuit with a Gala Performance at the Royal Albert Hall. They were joined onstage by a fantastic 100 voice choir made up from people who had worked with Andy on the numerous Les Miserables Masterclasses he had directed. Such a bold move may have been perceived as being a step too far, but the support from fans of Beyond the Barricade made it more than worthwhile. It was a night to remember.
The show carried on growing and developing, but never losing sight of its original premise to deliver the songs with the truth and conviction intended by their composers.
Beyond the Barricade claimed its own space in the history of musical theatre shows when the production reached its 10th Anniversary in 2009 and celebrated in style with a Gala Concert at the wonderful Birmingham Symphony Hall.
Over the years we have had the good fortune to work with some great female voices of the West End – many who have gone on to great things following their association with BTB, and we continue to wish them all the very best.
Our concert venues now include theatres in Ireland, Spain, Malta and Denmark, and most recently on the three Cunard liners, Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2, and Queen Victoria, but our continued presence on the theatre scene in the UK is down to the fantastic support of our audience.
As Beyond the Barricade launches into 2014 and its 15th Anniversary Year, we are more than aware that thousands of fans return year after year to support us, and for that we remain eternally grateful.
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Have you thought about enjoying a wonderful AFTERNOON TEA at the Palace Theatre’s very own Stage Door venue? £15 per person is all it takes to enjoy award-winning cakes and sandwiches from the North’s Famous Slattery Patisserie.
* Please note, tickets purchased from third-party websites my cost more than face value. Quoted prices correct at time of publication.
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