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The Show Must Go On Live! - Full Company (Photo credit: Johan Persson)

London Theatre News Today: Wednesday 7 July

Hira Desai

By Hira Desai First Published 7 July 2021, Last Updated 7 July 2021

The Show Must Go On! Live charity concert to broadcast on SkyArts

Kayi Ushe & Janique Charles – The Lion King – TSMGO! Live (Photo credit: Johan Persson)

After a record-breaking sell-out run at The Palace Theatre, and over 600,000 views worldwide from the online stream, the producers of THE SHOW MUST GO ON! LIVE AT THE PALACE THEATRE are delighted to announce the show will broadcast on SkyArts on Sunday 18 July at 8pm to give theatre fans the chance to relive the West Ends biggest celebration. Sky Arts is free for everyone to watch on Freeview Channel 11.

Filmed by National Theatre Live on Sunday 6 June from the Palace Theatre, ‘The Show Must Go On! LIVE included performances from the world’s most iconic musicals with many returning to the West End stage for the first time in 15 months. This stunning concert performance thrilled theatre fans from all over the world and all profits, including £100,000 of combined donations and merchandise sales from the broadcast night went to theatre charities, Acting For Others and Fleabag Support Fund+ who are currently helping theatre workers who have been out of work due to the pandemic.

The concert was produced by Theatre Support Fund+ which was founded during the pandemic to raise monies theatre freelancers affected by the closure of theatres across the country. They started out with the iconic ‘The Show Must Go On! design and went from producing t-shirts to producing a week long concert! The team have now raised over £1 million for the aforementioned charities and audiences can still donate via the website, www.theatresupportfund.co.uk/donate or can donate up to £20 by texting ‘THEATRE’ followed by the amount you want to donate to 70460.

This celebration of West End theatre was hosted by musical theatre legends, Bonnie Langford (“9 to 5 the Musical”, “42nd Street”) and Trevor Dion Nicholas (“Hamilton”, “Aladdin”) and included performances from 18 of the best musicals in London. This concert was a wonderful celebration of all of these shows coming together in a unique one-off production which audiences can now watch from the comfort in their own homes on SkyArts.

The full line up of performances at the concert included, Aisha Jawando in a performance from TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL, Marcus Harman in a performance from Dear Evan Hansen, Sharan Phull in a performance from Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Collette Guitart and Hana Stewart who will alternate in a performance from SIX, Trevor Dion Nicholas in a performance from Hamilton, Dom Simpson and Tom Xander  in a performance from The Book of Mormon, Laura Pick in a performance from WICKED, Tilly-Raye Bayer, Imogen Cole, Alyssa D’Souza, Alex Munden and Carly Thoms in a performance from the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda The Musical, Jordan Luke Gage in a performance from & Juliet, John Owen Jones in a performance from Les Misérables, Kayi Ushe and Janique Charles in a performance from Disney’s The Lion King, Christine Allado and Alexia Khadime in a performance from The Prince of Egypt, Alice Fearn in a performance from Come From Away, Lucy St Louis and Rhys Whitfield in a performance from The Phantom Of The Opera, Zizi Strallen in a performance from Mary Poppins and Mazz Murray in a performance from MAMMA MIA! In addition, Olly Dobson in a performance from Back to the Future The Musical and Aimie Atkinson in a performance from Pretty Woman The Musical. And a choir of 16 which is made up of Musical Theatre 2020 graduates. 

‘The Show Must Go On! LIVE at the Palace Theatre’ will broadcast on SkyArts  on Sunday 18 July at 8pm. It will be repeated on Saturday 24 July at 8.45am and Sunday 25  July at 2pm.

Audiences can still donate via the website, www.theatresupportfund.co.uk/donate or donate up to £20 by texting ‘THEATRE’ followed by the amount you want to donate to 70460.


Walden to be screened in selected cinemas across the UK from September

Trafalgar Releasing, in collaboration with Sonia Friedman Productions and Stage2View, is pleased to announce the release of Walden in selected cinemas across the UK from 8 September 2021, following its recent run in the West End as part of the SFP RE:EMERGE season. Tickets are on sale now at www.WaldenCinema.com.

After returning from a year-long Moon mission, Cassie, a NASA botanist, finds herself in a remote cabin in the woods, where her estranged twin sister, Stella, a former NASA architect, has found a new life with climate activist Bryan. Old wounds resurface as the sisters attempt to pick up the pieces of the rivalry that broke them apart.

Sonia Friedman said today: ‘This past sixteen months has thrown up many challenges for live theatre, and one of the urgent responses we’ve had to this is to increase the availability of theatre on screen, thereby maximising accessibility and the audience reach of a production. Following our screen production of Uncle Vanya, I’m delighted that we are able to bring Amy Berryman’s Walden to cinema screens across the UK. An engaging piece examining the bond between siblings, and a timely debate on the impact of climate change on our planet, filmed without an audience, Walden was one of the first plays to reopen the West End earlier this year. With social distancing a necessity, Walden could only reach a limited audience for its run despite playing to its full, authorised capacity, so this is a wonderful opportunity to share this invigorating new play, Ian Rickson’s pinpoint direction, and the extraordinary performances of Gemma Arterton, Fehinti Balogun and Lydia Wilson with audiences more widely.’

Starring Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace), Fehinti Balogun (Juliet, Naked) and Lydia Wilson (The Duchess of Malfi), the new debut play by Amy Berryman is well worth a watch!  You can read more about our experience seeing the play on stage here


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