Fresh from being on the road with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, this month sees Lee Mead bring his Some Enchanted Evening tour to the Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells. We caught up with him to find out what he loves about the area, and what we can expect from his upcoming concert
You performed a few dates for Some Enchanted Evening last year, what made you decide to do more this year?
I did do some dates last year but because I was in BBC’s Casualty I did not have that much time for a full tour. I released my album Some Enchanted Evening in March and so it felt like a natural progression to take this show to more theatres around the UK.
What are the challenges involved with doing something like the Some Enchanted Evening tour rather than something like Chitty?
It’s me on stage with my band for two hours with no real break apart from a short interval so the pressure is all on me!
How do you prepare before you go on stage?
I have a sound check around 3pm with the band and then I just do some vocal warm ups and have a bite to eat. It’s always nice to try and see a bit of the town I am playing after the sound check.
What are you looking forward to about being in Tunbridge Wells?
Tunbridge Wells is a really lovely town and I used to live about half an hour away and would regularly pop in. One of my first tours was at the Assembly Hall, so it’s lovely to come back with my own show for the first time.
As you’re familiar with the area, where are your favourite places to visit?
I really like the village of Wadhurst – I used to go to the tea room there and order about two or three jam scones – which certainly did nothing for my mid 30s drift!
What can audiences expect from the concert?
The featured songs are from a wonderful period of great movie musicals in the 40s and 50s. Some Enchanted Evening has been my first musical theatre album which has been exciting to put together. I also do some of the more classic songs that people will know – one of the most popular is Feelin’ Good.
Do you have a favourite song to perform?
It’s All the Things You Are with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein
What’s the best thing about touring?
One of the great things about touring is getting the chance to see new places. With Chitty it’s been great as I have been able to spend two or three weeks in most of the towns we have played.
I like touring but I also love being at home – I miss not sleeping in my own bed and looking out at the sea from my place in Southend.
See Lee Mead in Some Enchanted Evening on October 27.
For tickets, visit www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk