Natasha Barnes first came to the public’s attention in the summer of 2016 when she stepped into the role of Fanny Brice for the West End run of Funny Girl at the Savoy Theatre, becoming a 5 star critical wonder, with the Daily Telegraph calling her “a sensation in her own right… She has a charisma and twinkling mischief that’s irresistible” and the Daily Mail noting that she gave: “An exceptional lead performance”. Overnight she became one of the West End’s leading ladies and furthermore, as a Senior Executive from Sony Music was in the audience and dazzled by her performance, Natasha Barnes was soon signed to the label.
Her performance in Funny Girl was swiftly followed by the title role in the London Palladium’s all-star Cinderella the Christmas before last. She then later reprised the role of Fanny Brice for a major tour in 2017 headlining the production with Sheridan Smith and sharing the role at venues across the UK.
Natasha Barnes’ debut album, ‘Real’, will be released on 16 February 2018. and we popped along to the showcase to chat to the star.
Take a look at our interview with another West End Leading Lady, Kerry Ellis here