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The West End LIVE 2018 crowd

The West End LIVE 2018 crowd

Get excited: it’s time for West End LIVE Bingo!

Carly-Ann Clements

By Carly-Ann Clements First Published 20 June 2019, Last Updated 24 January 2020

It’s coming! West End LIVE 2020 dates have been announced and are you ready for it? On Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June, scores of West End shows and acts will take to our Trafalgar Square stage to perform live for the masses.

As West End LIVE is now in its 16th year, many of you will be familiar with the celebration and joy that’ll occur over the weekend. For those new to the biggest FREE event in the theatre calendar, you have one hell of a show ahead of you. Whether it’s your first time or 16th, we’ve put together a list of things to keep an eye out for over the weekend. If you spot them all, yell BINGO. No one will look at you weird. Promise.

Stage selfies

While we are yet to announce our West End LIVE 2020 hosts, previous years included Emma B, Tom Chambers, Tom Price, Harriet Scott, Louise Dearman and John Owen-Jones! A couple of selfies won’t go amiss and we’re pretty sure you’re going to spot and appear in a few over the weekend.

Crowd waves

The crowds at West End LIVE 2018 (Photo: Pamela Raith)

Like moths are drawn to a flame, groups consisting of thousands of people are drawn to crowd waves. Whether they’re from left to right, right to left, front to back or back to front – nothing brings an audience together like a crowd wave.

Actors in full costume walking from the theatre to the stage

Strictly Ballroom The Musical at West End LIVE 2018 (Photo: Pamela Raith)

With so many people in and around Trafalgar Square, this one’s like the Golden Snitch. They’ll be hard to spot but if you do, it’s GOLD! As many of the shows appearing at West End LIVE will have full shows to perform over the weekend, you might catch a glimpse of the actors making their way from Theatreland to the stage in full garb. Cameras at the ready!

On-point dressing up

While we’re on the subject of costumes, it seems the West End LIVE audience is made up of fans of both musicals AND costumes. Each year, we see a flurry of gussied up attendees and it warms our hearts. And here’s an idea, dress up yourself and check off one of your bingo items automatically…

Show memorabilia

We love a bit of merch and we’re guessing that you do too. That’s why we’re betting you’ll see a shirt from each of the shows. And if not a shirt, at least a flag.

Happy tears

We’ve all been there. We’ve seen our favourite performer live on stage or heard one song that gives us goosebumps and we’ve not been able to hold back the waterworks. West End LIVE can get totes emosh, so be ready with a hanky.

Selfie sticks

So remember those selfies we mentioned? They won’t be just stage-bound. If each member of the audience DOESN’T take a selfie, we’ll eat out top hats. And just remember, if you do take a selfie, share it on social with #WestEndLIVE.

A mass sing-a-long

The crowds at West End LIVE 2018 (Photo: Pamela Raith)

Do you hear the people sing? You will do at West End LIVE. It’s the biggest live sing-a-long outside of Wembley Arena, so warm up those pipes – you’ll need them.

The pre-number whoop

The intro is being played, the performer has taken in a deep breath and then… there’s a whoop! Relinquished from the theatre silence, many a whoop will be had before that first note is sung on stage.

Lip biting

Sometimes, when the music takes you, your body just can’t stop itself from biting that bottom lip and fist pumping. You’ll see dozens… nay, hundreds of people feeling the groove and themselves over the weekend.

Picnic time

We’ve all gotta eat and after a whole day standing, dancing and singing, it’s no surprise some people opt to sit on the floor and put on a spread. So don’t just watch out for picnickers for your bingo, try not to step in a cheese and pickle.

Sign language interpreter

Our BSL Inrepreter at West End LIVE 2018 (Photo: Pamela Raith)

For those who are hard of hearing or deaf, we have sign language interpreters flanking our stage. Why not try and learn the chorus of a Wicked song…?

Members of the team behind it

Whether it’s Society of London Theatre CEO and producer-extraordinaire Julian Bird, or one of our talented social media team, you’re bound to see at least one of us running around and enjoying the show.

And again, if you want to guarantee a check on that hypothetical bingo card, visit the TKTS Booth where we’ll be selling tickets to West End shows all weekend.

If that’s piqued your interest, join us at West End LIVE on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June at Trafalgar Square.

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