Friday 8th September, and I find myself packing a picnic, blankets & chairs, looking at the dropping thermometer & wondering if I’m completely bonkers!
The boot of my car was full to bursting with all the paraphernalia, I desperately hoped my daughter & I didn’t have to haul it all very far to watch Beyond the Barricade, our first foray into outdoor concerts! The sky wasn’t looking promising on the drive there, and the air con & heated seats were on high!
On arriving at the Sandon Hall venue, we quickly realised we needn’t have worried about lugging our stuff around, the stage was right there on the front lawn, with the gorgeous hall as the most spectacular backdrop. As we settled ourselves in the clouds cleared, it looked like we were at least going to beat the rain!
The concert itself was magical. Hits from Broadway & West End musicals from previous Les Miserables principal performers. West End Story, Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, Lion King, Chicago, Jekyll & Hyde, Blood Brothers and even the new sell out show Hamilton, were all represented, with the finale, of course being half an hour of songs from Les Mis. We were swept away from the ever darkening skies & dropping temperatures to the bright lights of London. Even the songs from shows we didn’t know were captivating, and light relief from David Fawcett in between had the whole audience laughing (or groaning!).
Beyond the Barricade has been touring since 1999, and it’s easy to see why the show & cast have developed an almost cult-like following. In my daughter’s words “they were even worth wrapping up like a mummy & frozen toes!”
The tour continued to Yeovil on Sunday 10th September, and next visits the region on Saturday 17th March 2018 at the Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock. You can book tickets from their website www.beyondthebarricade.com.