There are some great venues in London’s West End for theatre-related events outside of the regular plays and musicals playing there. When a solo performer or show cast decide to host a cabaret, Freedom Bar in Soho or the Delfont Room situated downstairs at the Prince of Wale’s Theatre are usually the first ports of call. I’ve been to both of these places on many occasions and the relaxed, intimate atmosphere they provide perfectly compliments the events they host. When it comes to the big events, there are a number of theatres around which lend out their stage to them; the Leicester Square Theatre is hosting the Your Song concert from Carrie James Productions on Sunday 15th April 2012 and MADTrust’s annual fundraiser West End Eurovision has moved from the Piccadilly Theatre to the bigger setting of the Dominion Theatre, on Thursday 26th April 2012.
When it comes to organising a large-scale event like a West End concert, the venue is an all-important factor. It must offer the performers a fitting setting, without being overwhelmed/underwhelmed by them. One venue that I have found adds a perfect dose of grandiose to a West End concert is the Actors Church. Located in Covent Garden, it is a beautiful place that adds a touch of class to any event. The first time I set foot in there was for A West End Christmas, which saw a selection of show casts and soloists perform. The most recent was the winter showcase of Giggin4Good, featuring the likes of soprano Rebecca Caine, new singer/songwriter Joe Stirling and a segment for the cast of new Welsh musical My Land’s Shore in their first live performance. Now, more talent from the West End are making their way to the Actor’s Church this month for what is sure to be another star-spangled night of glamour, glitz and fun.
West End in Concert is the debut event from the West End in Concert team, in an exclusive one-night-only concert performance on Sunday 20th May 2012 that features a superb line-up of West End names. After their recent run at the Courtyard Theatre in the Tim Prottey Jones musical After The Turn, Tori-Allen Martin and Liam Doyle will be reunited to sing a duet together for WEC, while We Will Rock You’s U/S Scaramouche is set to team up with Les Miserables’ Enjolras as Lauren Varnham and Liam Tamne also duet together. Former Scaramouche Sabrina Aloueche will also be there on the night, singing with West End and Broadway star MiG Ayesha. Mazz Murray, who played Killer Queen in We Will Rock You for nine years, will perform with Gina Murray and Emma Kershaw in the three-strong all-female band Woman, while batting for the boys is the incredible The Tenors of Rock, fresh from supporting David Hasselhoff at his O2 gig. You-Tube hit Parnell Page will be there too, with Jack Hawitt and Richard Parnell-Page performing from their debut EP The After. Other big names confirmed to perform at West End in Concert are Les Miserables star and BroadwayWorld Awards’ ‘Understudy of the Year’ Scott Garnham, The Phantom of the Opera 25th anniversary tour’s ‘Raoul’ Simon Bailey and We Will Rock You’s ‘Killer Queen’ and ‘Scaramouche’ (respectively) Brenda Edwards and Lauren Samuels, alongside Adrian Hansel, Chloe Hart, Victoria Hamilton-Barrit, Sandra Marvin, Ryan Dawson, Lucy Sinclair, Katie Paine, Rebecca Treharne and Danielle York.
It’s not often that an event that has such a diverse, talented group of individuals involved comes along. Getting them all together in one place to hear them all sing is every West End theatre fan’s dream – a dream that can be made real for just the price of a ticket. The theatre fan in me is dying to be there, but unfortunately I’m away on holiday that weekend so it looks like I’m going to miss out. If you can be there though, make sure you don’t miss out.
By Julie Robinson (@missjulie25)
Tuesday 10th April 2012