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John Barr

Acting Through Song

John trained at the Sylvia Young Theatre School and made his West End Debut at the age of 12 in Lionel Bart’s ‘Oliver’ at the Albery Theatre.

Theatre credits include:

Bull Connor in King The Musical (Hackney Empire, 2018), Lionel Bart in The Story of Bart (Tour 2018 & Mirth, Maud & Marvel – 2017 & The Hippodrome 2014), Barry Bronze in Rehab – A New Musical (The Union Theatre – 2017), Uncle Ernie in The Who’s Tommy (Greenwich Theatre), Principal Singer in Rhythm of Life (The St. James Theatre, Studio), Fogg in Sweeney Todd (ENO), Ed Kleban in A Class Act (The Landor Theatre) for which he was nominated for Best Male Performance at the Offie Awards and Broadwayworld.com 2013/14, Tateh in Ragtime (The Landor Theatre), Charles Guiteau in Sondheim’s Assassins (The Union Theatre) for which he was nominated for Best Male Performance at the Offie Awards 2010, Greta in Martin Sherman’s Bent (The Landor Theatre), Maisie in Diamond (The Kings Head Theatre), Dr. Thomas Parker in Batboy the Musical (Shaftesbury Theatre), Ragtime (Piccadilly Theatre), Original Cast Member of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspect of Love (Prince of Wales Theatre), Hey, Mr Producer (Lyceum Theatre), Feuilly in Les Miserables (Palace Theatre). Red Bishop & Gran/Wolf in The Boy Who Fell into a Book-Written & Directed by Alan Ayckbourn (The Stephen Joseph Theatre), Wilbur Turnblad in Hairspray ( The Curve Theatre, Leicester – 2014), Amos Hart in Chicago (The Plenary Hall, Kuala Lumpur), Skimbleshanks in Cats (Larnaca Municipal Amphitheatre, Cyprus), David in Company (Derby Playhouse), Koko in The Mikado and Njegus in The Merry Widow (both for Opera Della Luna), Harry in Flora The Red Menace and Snoopy in Snoopy The Musical (both at The Cambridge Arts Theatre), Cliff in In the Midnight Hour (York Theatre Royal), Che in Evita (Opera House, Manchester) and Tobias Ragg in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd (Watermill Theatre, Newbury).

Film credits include:

Convict 5 in Les Miserables – The Movie (2012) Directed by Tom Hooper, Kenny Star in The Catch (Primley Road Productions 2013) and Do Not Disturb – Shut Eye (2017).

TV credits include:

Taboo (BBC-2016), The Bill (ITV), The Purple People Eater (Dramarama Series-ITV), Pebble Mill at One (BBC1), The 1987 Royal Variety Show (ITV) and Wednesday at Eight (Thames TV).

Radio credits include:

Principal cast member for the BBC Radio 2’s Musical Series, Simon in Jesus Christ Superstar with Roger Daltrey, Bill Calhoun in Kiss Me, Kate with Julia Migenes, Motel in Fiddler On The Roof with Anthony Newley, Paul in A Chorus Line with Donna McKechnie & David Soul, regular guest on Songs from the Shows and Friday Night Is Music Night also on BBC Radio 2. Young Roy Hudd in Like They’ve Never Been Gone (BBC Radio 4).

Recording credits include:

5 Solo CD’s; A Small Affair, In Whatever Time We Have, A Different Corner, Anything Can Happen and All I Am (all on iTunes & Spotify). Original Cast recording of Batboy The Musical, Matador, Godspell, Oscar, Scrapbook, Dracula and Jason Carr’s Listen Up.

John has performed his own Cabaret shows in some of the most prestigious cabaret rooms all over the world including London, New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Washington D.C, Chicago, Sydney, Venice, Switzerland, Denmark and on the QE2. He has also enjoyed performing in many Pantomimes all over the UK.

Over the past 10 years, John has taught extensively at many prestigious stage schools and colleges. He helped set up and advise on a Performing Arts Academy on a new 5 Star resort for 12 Months at Buccament Bay in The Caribbean on the Island of St. Vincent (2012/14).

Alongside being a proud patron at LCPA, he is also a patron of The JH Academy of Theatre Arts in Belfast.

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