Helpmann Award Winner ELISE McCANN

joins the cast of the UK’S ACCLAIMED



Multi award-winning actor Elise McCann has scaled the barricade and stepped in to join the cast of the UK’s critically-acclaimed show BEYOND THE BARRICADE, a glittering concert of musical showstoppers which is currently touring Australia. Elise replaces Katie Leeming who has had to return to the UK due to ill health. The 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.

Elise joins three past principal performers from London’s longest-running musical Les Misérables, in the West End and on UK tour – Andy Reiss, who has played numerous male roles including Jean Valjean and Enjolras; David Fawcett, who played Valjean; and Poppy Tierney, who played Cosette.

Elise is most well known for originating the role of Miss Honey in the Royal Shakespeare Company Production of Matilda for which she won the 2016 Helpmann Award. She has also starred in Everybody Loves Lucy and MAMMA MIA!, and her recent television credits include Peter Allen – Not The Boy Next Door. 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.

Elise McCann

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 returned to New Zealand earlier this year, before embarking on its debut tour of Australia.

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 welcome the supremely talented Elise McCann to the show, and to bring these four powerhouse voices on tour.”

BEYOND THE BARRICADE is produced by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions. For information and bookings visit