The show follows Barnardo’s arrival in London’s East End in 1866, his initial evangelical work and his recognition of the plight and poverty amongst homeless children in the capital. It depicts Barnardo’s first meeting with Syrie Elmslie, who eventually became his wife, and how the first Barnardo’s home for children came into being in 1867. The subsequent Barnado’s Homes became famous all over the world.
In 2005, the show was staged at the Sydmonton Festival and recorded by BBC Radio 2 to mark the musical’s 40th anniversary and the Centenary of Barnardo’s death.
In 2008, with the approval of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, the show was made available to amateur theatre groups at a launch organised between the National Operatic and Dramatic Association and the Really Useful Group.