West End Live was a highlight for many theatre fans again this year. With old favourites performing, brand new writings being displayed, previews to shows about to happen in London’s glittering West End and some of our most loved West End stars performing solo.
West End Live 2018 was presented by Magic FM presenters and our very own Ruthie Henshall – the presenters carried out some live interviews and kept the crowd engaged in a slick and very full program. Sunday morning was a real treat as Ruthie Henshall was presenting with Tom Chambers who made quite a team. They had brilliant banter and were insightful and informative – with all their experience working in theatre.
The sun shone on both days with only a couple of spots of rain dripping down on Sunday – which is rare as West End Live normally brings 4 seasons in two days but not this year, the lovely weather just enhanced the joyful excited spirit of the crowd.
The free celebration of our wonderful West End was for everyone, with families young and old, theatre students and even other performers watching in the crowd. Westminster Council also made sure the event was fully accessible with a platform for disabilities and a sign language interpreter.
The back-to-back line up was so full to the brim it was hard to know when to have a rest break. But, I managed to cover lots of Saturday and some of Sunday in photos to share.
The crowd were deafening when Bat out of Hell were on the stage on Saturday. My personal favourite from the weekend was Kinky Boots who had practically their whole cast in full costumes bringing the party and soul to the square.
Ending the show on Saturday was Louise Dearman, who is always a treat to hear live, she has a new album out which she also signed copies of for fans.
Sunday was just as loud and full with theatre fans, with Heathers getting the biggest cheer. Heathers is currently on at The Other Palace but cast say they are sold out so you will be lucky to now get a ticket.
Apart from the live stage, there was a variety of family-friendly stalls and activities around Trafalgar Square and all of this for ‘FREE’.
I loved what I got to see and now have another list of must-see shows to get tickets for and old favourites to revisit, it was all such quality entertainment and there really is a show for everyone!
By Bonnie Britain