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The UK’s critically-acclaimed show BEYOND THE BARRICADE, a glittering concert of musical showstoppers, will make its debut in Australia this year, touring to 24 cities from 1st June.

Starring past principal performers from Les Misérables in the West End and on UK tour, this blockbusting two-hour show features favourite songs from the world’s greatest West End and Broadway musicals including the latest sensation Hamilton, The Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, Evita, Wicked, Miss Saigon, Mamma Mia, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King and of course Les Misérables, to name just a few.

BEYOND THE BARRICADE has been delighting audiences throughout the UK and Europe for 19 years, from London’s Royal Albert Hall to the Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria Cunard cruise liners.  The show made its debut in Asia in 2015, performing sold-out concerts in Manila, Singapore and Hong Kong, followed by a 21-venue tour of New Zealand in 2016.  Due to popular demand BEYOND THE BARRICADE returns to New Zealand this year, before touring Australia. 

The former cast members of London’s longest-running musical, Les Misérables, include Andy Reiss, who has played numerous male roles including Jean Valjean and Enjolras; David Fawcett, who played Valjean; Katie Leeming who played the role of Eponine; and Poppy Tierney, who played Cosette.   

The four performers are accompanied by an ensemble of talented musicians to create an authentic live experience, capturing all the passions and orchestrations of the original shows. 

Andy Reiss and David Fawcett met while performing in Les Misérables in the West End and then in Manchester, and in 1996 devised a charity concert comprised of musical hits.  Over the next few years the show began to take on a life of its own and in 1999 was renamed BEYOND THE BARRICADE with the move to only cast Les Misérables principals.  A major UK tour followed culminating in a Gala Performance at the Royal Albert Hall accompanied by a 100-voice choir of people who had worked with Andy on the numerous Les Misérables Masterclasses he had directed.  Ten years later BEYOND THE BARRICADE celebrated its first decade of touring with a Gala Concert at the Birmingham Symphony Hall.

“Our aim was, and continues to be, to deliver these much-loved songs from the top musicals in a way that captures the feel of the original orchestrations, so the audience feels they are listening to the original performance,” explains co-founder Andy Reiss.  “We don’t use backing tracks, so every musical note is played and sung live, giving a dynamic feel to the show.”

Andy Reiss landed his first professional role in musical theatre following an open audition for the first UK production of Les Misérables outside the West End – in Manchester.  Not only did he stay with Les Misérables for its entire residency in Manchester, he ended up being the show’s Resident Director whilst performing in the show, and remains the only person ever to do this.  Andy has also performed in Les Misérables in Dublin and Edinburgh, and after a two-year break from the show he returned as the Resident Director for the UK 1st National Tour.  Andy was also selected from the worldwide casts of Les Misérables to appear in the 10th Anniversary Concert at the Royal Albert Hall.  Andy has also performed in the musical Chess, and as Che Guevara in the UK national tour of Evita.

David Fawcett spent two years in the West End production of Les Misérables, where he played the Bishop of Digne and the lead role of Jean Valjean on many occasions, having previously spent 13 months in the original Manchester production.  He also appeared in the 10thAnniversary Concert at the Royal Albert Hall.  David’s other musical theatre roles include Jesus in the rock musicals Jesus Christ Superstar and Godspell, the Emcee in Cabaret and Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls.

As well as performing various roles including Eponine in the West End production of Les Misérables for three years, Katie Leeming appeared in the Les Misérables 25th Anniversary concert at the O2 Arena in London, and was delighted to be asked to perform at The Royal Variety Performance 2010 at the London Palladium. Her involvement with Les Misérables continued with the televised performance of The Classical Brit Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in May 2011, and as an ensemble vocalist in the 2012 Oscar-winning movie.

Poppy Tierney has performed in numerous well-loved musicals both in London’s West End and on UK tour.  In addition to playing Cosette in the UK tour of Les Misérables, she has performed in Mary Poppins, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Sunset Boulevard with Petula Clark and Miss Saigonin the West End.  Her other musical theatre credits in the UK include Cats, Aspects of Lovestarring opposite David Essex, Evita, My Fair Lady and The Witches of Eastwick playing opposite Marti Pellow.  Poppy has also recently finished filming for the upcoming movie Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Producer and CEO of Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, James Cundall, said “I was fortunate enough to see BEYOND THE BARRICADE perform a few years ago in the UK and was bowled over by the quality of their performances, and the intimate ambience of the show.  Having brought many of the top musicals to Australia over the last two decades, I instantly thought they would be warmly received by Australian audiences.  I am delighted to be bringing these four powerhouse voices on tour.”

BEYOND THE BARRICADE is produced by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions.



Venue                           Queens Park Theatre

Date & Time                  Friday 1 June @ 8pm


Venue                           Concert Hall

Date & Time                  Saturday 2 June @ 8pm


Venue                           Manpac

Date & Time                  Sunday 3 June @ 5pm


Venue                           Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts

Date & Time                  Friday 8 June @ 8pm


Venue                           Capital Theatre

Date & Time                  Saturday 9 June @ 8pm


Venue                           Eastbank

Date & Time                  Sunday 10 June @ 5pm


Venue                           Frankston Arts Centre

Date & Time                  Tuesday 12 June @ 8pm


Venue                           Drum Theatre

Date & Time                  Wednesday 13 June @ 8pm


Venue                           GPAC – Costa Hall

Date & Time                  Thursday 14 June @ 8pm


Venue                           The Palms at The Crown

Date & Time                  Friday 15 June @ 7.30pm

                                      Saturday 16 June @ 7.30pm

                                      Sunday 17 June @ 5.30pm


Venue                           Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre

Date & Time                  Wednesday 20 June @ 8pm


Venue                           Hopgood Theatre

Date & Time                  Thursday 21 June @ 8pm


Venue                           Northern Festival Centre

Date & Time                 Saturday 23 June @ 8pm




Venue                           Chaffey Theatre

Date & Time                 Sunday 24 June @ 5pm


Venue                           State Theatre

Date & Time                  Tuesday 26 June @ 8pm


Venue                           Town Hall

Date & Time                  Wednesday 27 June @ 8pm


Venue                           Riverside Theatre

Date & Time                  Thursday 28 June @ 8pm


Venue                           Civic Theatre

Date & Time                  Friday 29 June @ 8pm


Venue                           Glasshouse

Date & Time                  Saturday 30 June @ 8pm


Venue                           Moncrieff Entertainment Centre

Date & Time                  Wednesday 4 July @ 8pm


Venue                           The Events Centre

Date & Time                  Thursday 5 July @ 8pm


Venue                           Empire Theatre

Date & Time                  Friday 6 July @ 8pm


Venue                           Logan Entertainment Centre

Date & Time                  Saturday 7 July @ 8pm


Venue                           The Star

Date & Time                  Sunday 8 July @ 3pm


Venue                           Concert Hall QPAC

Date & Time                  Tuesday 10 July @ 8pm



Venue: Various
Dates: Friday 15 June 2018 – Tuesday 24 July 2018
Bookings: beyondthebarricade.com.au



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