West End star Samantha Barks ready for homecoming show

Samantha Barks (Jordan McLachlan)

Samantha Barks (Jordan McLachlan)

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The island is showing its support for home-grown star of the stage and screen Samantha Barks.

The Manx singer and actress is returning to the island for her homecoming concert on Saturday, the day after the release of her debut album.

Sam will be performing at the Gaiety Theatre and even by the end of last week, tickets were almost sold out. As the Manx Independent went to press, there were only a small number of seats available in the amphitheatre.

There’s another chance to see Sam – she will be signing copies of her eponymous album at HMV in Strand Street on Saturday at 4pm.

The 25-year-old is clearly looking forward to her return to the island.

‘I’m so excited to come home and get to perform in the Isle of Man, and the Gaiety Theatre in particular,’ she said.

‘It’s really where I grew up. It’s always nice being in front of friends and family.’

Her album features 12 tracks, including her solo from Les Mis, On My Own and As Long As He Needs Me from Oliver. In a nod to her Manx roots, the last track is Ellan Vannin.

Sam kickstarted her tour on Wednesday with an appearance at Theatre Royal in Norwich. And after the Douglas date she will be performing at venues across the UK for the rest of the month.

In recent weeks Sam has been busy promoting her new album. The West End star sang her first single – Troublemaker – on the National Lottery draw. She was then interviewed by Gaby Roslin on BBC London on Sunday, where she sang her version of Justin Bieber’s LoveYourself.

And she’s been hitting the headlines too, including an interview with the Sunday Express.

Sam first came to the public’s attention as a contestant in the 2008 BBC reality singing competition I’d Do Anything.

Widely acclaimed for her breathtaking voice and emotive power, Sam’s heart-rending portrayal of Eponine in Les Misérables earned her an international reputation.

She also has lauded touring productions of Oliver! and Cabaret under her belt.

And she recently won acclaim on the US stage for her performance in the title role in the world premiere of musical Amélie at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, in California.

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