Every month I write up a preview of some of the best theatre productions coming to the West End, but with so much on offer, it can be tricky work to decide which ones make the cut. There’s only room to feature so many musicals and plays, so it is an unfortunate fact that some will end up flying under the radar. Along with these stage productions are the other theatre-based events though, such as the many musical theatre cabarets which go on throughout the year and should also not occur without mention; the cabaret taking place at The Actors Church this weekend is one which merits a little attention drawn to it.
West End Has Faith is a one night only charitable event which features the vocal talents of some top West End names in an evening of Christian music, in support of three charities: Tearfund, Thames Reach and Trinity.
Phantom and Love Never Dies star Ramin Karimloo, who has often talked about his faith in interviews, will be one of those performing on the night. Karimloo has gained widespread acclaim for his roles in such musical theatre shows as Les Miserables and led The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary celebrations at the Royal Albert Hall in 2011. His self-titled album has also brought him further praise and seen his star continue to soar.
Other guest singers on the night include Simon Bailey and Rebecca Lock. Bailey is Ramin Karimloo’s former Phantom cast mate, having previously played Raoul in the West End production of the long-running musical at Her Majesty’s Theatre. Currently playing Raoul once again on the touring production of Phantom, he has also appeared in the likes of Les Miserables and We Will Rock You and recently released his debut album Looking Up. Lock is another Phantom alumnus who is also known for her role as Kate Monster in Avenue Q. The soprano is a regular face (and voice) at SimG cabaret events.
Also performing on the night will be Katy Treharne, Tabitha Webb, Rachel Spurrell, Annat Bass, Joanna Loxton, Ellen Jackson, Kate Radmilovic, Tsola Abraham, Lydia Horton, David Birch, Jack Wilcox, Nathaniel Morrison, Phillip Griffiths, John Jack, Brian McCann, Matt Elson and David Erik, along with the West End Gospel Choir. There will also be a special appearance from Kirsten Joy, who was formerly seen on BBC’s The Voice.
Tearfund is an international organisation which works in the over fifty countries around the world and recognised for the professional expertise in development, disaster response, reduction and advocacy. The faith-driven charity aims to unlock the potential in poverty stricken communities.
Thames Reach is a London-based charity with the vision of ending street homelessness. They help the homeless and vulnerable by finding them decent accommodation and helping build supportive relationships and fulfilling lives.
Trinity is another organisation which works in the same field, banding together in ‘Christian love’ to transform the lives of people suffering the effects of homelessness and exclusion. They offer combined support in the areas of housing, training and employment to help them achieve independent living and long-term life changes.
West End Has Faith will be held at St Paul’s (The Actors Church) in Covent Garden on Sunday 7th April 2013.
By Julie Robinson (@missjulie25)
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Thursday 4th April 2013