The minute you walk into the intimate space that is the Other Palace Studio you cannot help but feel Christmassy. There’s a Christmas tree, lots of tinsel and a lovely projection of a log fire which makes you feel like you have walked straight into someone’s living room on Christmas Eve. I only wish my living room could also be adorned with a grand piano and four men singing songs arrangements of Christmas carols. I suspect I would never leave.
From start to finish The Barricade Boys is simply a joy. Simon Schofield, Scott Garnham, Kieran Brown and Craig Mather (all of whom have appeared in Les Mis) are clearly having a great time and their mood is infectious, whether it’s with their witty remarks between songs, their cheesy dance moves (Simon Schofield in particular impresses here) or their hilarious takes on songs, this show will have you grinning from ear to ear. Scott Garnham’s take on Bon Jovi’s It’s My Life complete with theatrical accompaniment was a particular highlight of the second half which had the audience in stitches. However, the show-stopping performance was the 12 days of Christmas as you’ve never heard it before. Rewritten so each day is Les Mis themed, the four Barricade Boys run around the stage in something that can only be described as (dis)organised chaos, much to the amusement of those watching.
Yet just as your face started to hurt from the grinning, the pace would change and a spine-tingling ballad with beautiful harmonies will have you melting. And talking of melting, each performance, the boys are supported by a guest. In this case, it was the turn of Michael Xavier who had his own spine-tingling moment singing Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, the first verse sung unaccompanied was simply beautiful. Other haunting ballads included O
Holy Night (with an impressive solo by Simon Schofield) and I’ll Be Home For Christmas sung beautifully by Kieran Brown.
Singing is not the only talent on display, however, and Craig Mather impresses on guitar during Johnny Be Good which provides a well-timed break from the Christmas for those feeling less festive. The range of different musical styles on display just goes to show how talented these four men are and guarantees there will be something for everyone at every performance.
In summary, The Barricade Boys is simply an evening of pure joy. The perfect way to get yourself into the festive mood or to de-stress after a long day. You will leave feeling totally uplifted (although perhaps in a slight panic that your Christmas shopping hasn’t yet been finished).
Review by Emily Diver
After sell out performances in London’s West End, an appearance at the St James Theatre on Broadway and many international dates, The Barricade Boys are quickly securing their place as theatre land’s newest and most exciting male vocal group!
Come and join the Christmas party as they, not only, perform the world’s greatest show tunes but also celebrate music from some of the most iconic names in the music industry, from powerful ballads and beautiful operatic arias to some of the best pop, rock and swing numbers of all time.
Tue 5 December 8pm – Gary Trainor (Dewey Finn in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock at the New London Theatre)
Wed 6 December 8pm – Oliver Saville (Fiyero, Wicked, Apollo Victoria Theatre)
Thu 7 December 8pm – Michael Xavier (two-time Olivier Award nominee, Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard; The Prince of Broadway)
Friday 8 December 8pm – Nadim Naaman (Raoul, The Phantom of the Opera, Her Majesty’s Theatre; Anthony Sweeney Todd, Harrington Pie & Mash Shop)
Sat 9 December 3pm – Rachel Tucker (Elphaba in Wicked in the West End and Broadway; Sting’s The Last Ship, Broadway)
Sat 9 December 8pm – Simon Bailey (Tommy DeVito, Jersey Boys, West End; Raoul, The Phantom of the Opera, Her Majesty’s Theatre)
Mon 11 December 8pm – Liam Tamne (Frank N Furter, The Rocky Horror Show; Raoul, The Phantom of The Opera, Her Majesty’s Theatre) & Andy Coxon (Berger in Hair, The Vaults; Mitch, Yank, Charing Cross Theatre)
Tue 12 December 8pm – Jon Robyns (Princeton/Rod in Avenue Q, Noel Coward Theatre; Robbie Hart, The Wedding Singer, UK Tour)
Wed 13 December 8pm – Caroline Sheen (Alaura/Carla City of Angels, Donmar Warehouse; Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins, US Tour) & George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (award-winning composers of Half a Sixpence, Betty Blue Eyes, Honk! and The Wind in the Willows)
Thu 14 December 3pm – Killian Donnelly (currently Valjean in Les Misérables, Queen’s Theatre; Deco, The Commitments, Palace Theatre; Huey, Memphis, Shaftesbury Theatre, Charlie, Kinky Boots, West End & Broadway)
Thu 14 December 8pm – Sabrina Aloueche (Scaramouche, We Will Rock You, Dominion Theatre; Eponine, Les Misérables, Queen’s Theatre)
Fri 15 December 8pm – Emily Tierney (Glinda in the first UK &Ireland tour of Wicked, Glinda, The Wizard of Oz, London Palladium)
Sat 16 December 3pm – Shona White (Florence Vassy in Craig Revel Horwood’s award winning UK touring production of Chess)
Sat 16 December 8pm – Sophie Louise Dann (Celia The Girls, Phoenix Theatre; Barbara Castle, Made in Dagenham, Adelphi; Paula, Bend It Like Beckham the Musical, Phoenix Theatre)
Mon 18 December 8pm – David Shannon (The Phantom, The Phantom of the Opera, Her Majesty’s Theatre; Valjean in Les Misérables, Queen’s Theatre) & Rob Houchen (Marius, Les Misérables, Queen’s Theatre; Fleet, Titanic, Charing Cross Theatre)
Tue 19 December 8pm – Luke Kempner (Comedian, impressionist, actor and singer, The Only Way Is Downton, West End; Marius in Les Misérables)
Wed 20 December 8pm – Special TV and Film star guest to be announced
Thu 21 December 3pm – Laura Pitt-Pulford (Olivier Award nominated as Milly Bradon, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre; Side Show, Southwark Playhouse; Barnum, Menier Chocolate Factory)
Thu 21 December 8pm – David Thaxton (Javert, Les Misérables, Queen’s; Pilate, Jesus Christ Superstar, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre; Giorgio, Passion, Donmar Warehouse, Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical)
Fri 22 December 8pm – Jacinta Whyte (Eponine, Les Misérables, Palace Theatre; Linda, Blood Brothers, Phoenix Theatre; Ellen, Miss Saigon, Theatre Royal, Drury Lane)
Sat 23 December 3pm and 8pm – Two lucky competition winners
1 hour and 45 minutes (includes a 15 minute interval)
Important Show Information
Seating is un-reserved in the Studio. We recommend you arrive early to choose your seats. If you are purchasing standing tickets you will not be permitted entry to the studio until 5 minutes before the show opens.
All tickets will have a seat apart from the standing tickets. When purchasing Studio Standard and Studio Gallery seats, please note that you may have to share a table with other patrons who are not from your party
The Barricade Boys
The Other Palace
8 December – 23 December 2017