The Studio in The Other Palace is currently playing host to The Barricade Boys, four incredible performers who have arrived at The Other Palace to bring festive cheer to London in time for Christmas. The male vocal group consists of performers Scott Garnham, Simon Schofield, Kieran Brown and Craig Mather, who have all appeared in various productions of Les Miserables throughout their career; the reasoning behind their namesake. Having first heard of The Barricade Boys a couple of years ago, it is super exciting to catch them in London. They mentioned during the show that the group have performed globally from a tour in Australia to performing on various cruises to even performing at a celebration for Jude Law.
As this is their Christmas cabaret, the boys certainly brought the festive cheer to The Other Palace with a variety of Christmas classics including Let It Snow, Silent Night and Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer and of course some Les Miserables classics including I Dreamed a Dream, Master of the House and One Day More, all performed beautifully. They also incorporated some well known classic rock songs including Great Balls of Fire, Johnny B Goode and Bohemian Rhapsody, which I loved so much. The harmonies were off the charts it was a truly amazing performance of one of my all time favourite songs. And one of my favourite moments of the show was Scott Garnham’s solo performance of Bon Jovi’s It’s My Life…. with a twist.
Across the run at The Other Palace they have attracted a wealth of musical theatre talent to join them as special guests. Upcoming guests include Killian Donnelly (currently Valjean in Les Miserables), Rachel Tucker (Wicked), Liam Tamne (Rocky Horror Show) and Sophie Louise Dann (The Girls). At this performance, the group were joined by West End and Broadway actor Michael Xavier who delivered a smashing performance of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.
The Barricade Boys Christmas cabaret is a perfect night out throughout the festive season. Although they have previously toured with a massive band, they are only accompanied by their musical director Noam Galperin spectacularly on piano (and as a side note; has fantastic taste in trilby hats) and the vocal arrangements arranged by James Doughty. The small stage in the Studio makes the show feel as if the boys were performing in my living room. The banter amongst the performers felt natural and inviting to the audience, I felt like I was in on it too. Scott, Simon, Kieran and Craig are excellent performers and, along with Noam and James, have created a spectacular festive treat. Ditch your work’s Christmas party and go watch The Barricade Boys perform instead. It’s where the real party is at.
The Barricade Boys Christmas Cabaret is currently running at The Other Palace until 23rd December. For tickets and more information please visit https://www.theotherpalace.co.uk/whats-on/the-barricade-boys-christmas-cabaret
Until next time,