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Nativity's Scott Garnham returns to the Belgrade with The Barricade Boys

Posted on 9 April 2019

If you’re one of many viewers who missed the music in the BBC’s recent TV adaptation of Les Misérables, you may be pleased to hear that vocal group The Barricade Boys are taking the opposite tack this Spring, bringing the songs from the hit musical to the stage in an incredible concert performance.

Made up of former stars of Les Misérables on stage, The Barricade Boys was co-founded in 2016 by Simon Schofield and Scott Garnham – the latter best known to Coventry audiences as put-upon primary school teacher Mr Maddens in Debbie Isitt’s hugely popular Nativity! the Musical.

After a successful stint starring in the homegrown show at the Belgrade Theatre last year, Scott is set to return to Coventry when The Barricade Boys perform songs from Les Misérables and more for one night only on Fri 3 May. Ahead of the concert, he told us more about his passion for the West End’s longest-running musical and a few of his career highlights so far.

Tell us a little about The Barricade Boys. When did you form the group and what inspired you to do it?

I was in Les Misérables in the West End and also lucky enough to be part of the 25th anniversary at the O2 Arena with Alfie Boe and Matt Lucas. It was overwhelming to see the love and appreciation of the show and to understand how much it means to people. I knew then that Les Misérables was special and that a show featuring members of the cast performing songs from the show, in a unique way, plus hearing music that the stars of the show themselves loved singing would be something really special. An idea was born!

What’s do you think is so special about Les Misérables?

There’s no other show quite like it. I think that’s why it’s stood the test of time. I spent two years in the West End production and have continued to sing the songs for the past three years with The Barricade Boys and I’m still not bored of hearing them – so many hits and so many special moments. The story is about love and forgiveness which is something I think we could all learn from and remember from time to time, especially in the current climate.

You don’t just perform songs from Les Misérables in the show. What else audiences expect?

We’ve got pop, swing, Motown, other musical theatre and even a rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody! So whether you like the sounds of 60s with our Jersey Boys medley or the ballads of West Side Story, there’s something for everyone.

The Barricade Boys

What have been the highlights of your time as The Barricade Boys?

We were lucky enough to perform at the St James Theatre Broadway in a gala evening honouring Jude Law. We decided to change the lyrics from One Day More to One Jude Law! It was a real highlight of the concert and had everyone, including Jude, roaring with laughter. We met him afterwards and he asked if we’d print out the lyrics for him so he could send a copy to his mum.

Are you looking forward to being back in Coventry?

I spent five weeks rehearsing and performing in Coventry when I played Mr Maddens in Nativity! the Musical last year and I can’t wait to come back to the Belgrade Theatre with The Barricade Boys. The audiences were so receptive and always seemed to be having a good time so I know they’ll have a great night at our show!

Outside of The Barricade Boys, what have been the highlights of your career so far?

I was lucky enough to play Tony, the brother to Billy, in the original UK tour of Billy Elliot The Musical, directed by Stephen Daldry. It was an incredible experience touring the show to many cities around the UK but nothing was as special as when we took the show ‘back home’ to Sunderland. The audience’s response to that show was unbelievable. I met many gentlemen who’d been miners during the 80s and they would often thank us at stage door for telling their story.

What’s your all-time favourite musical?

Well Les Misérables is definitely up there! I’d say a close second is The Producers and also West Side Story. I think they’re perfect in different ways and all have had profound effects on me whilst watching them.

Looking to the future, what would be your dream musical theatre role?

This is always a tough question for me to answer. I love creating something new. There’s nothing better than new work so I suppose my dream role hasn’t been created yet!

Tell us a secret about yourself?

I have different coloured eyes.

Stars of Les Misérables Live in Concert featuring The Barricade Boys shows at the Belgrade Theatre on Friday 3 May. Tickets are available to book now.