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West End Unplugged – a series of four free virtual concerts

First Published 4 September 2020, Last Updated 28 September 2020

An impressive line-up of the West End’s most well-loved singers will perform with some of theatre’s top musicians featuring a mixture of show tunes and some of the performers’ personal favourite songs.

COVID-19 has dealt a devastating blow to the theatre community across the U.K., with shows closed across the West End and around the country since March, and for the foreseeable future leaving all those involved with little or no income. The performers have come together with theatre’s technical entertainment companies and given their time for free to support workers in the UK’s theatre industry.

“All funds raised on the day will benefit three amazing charities: Backup-The Technical Theatre Charity, Help Musicians UK, and The Theatre Artists Fund,” says theatre sound designer and the shows’ producer, Bobby Aitken. “We feel that between them, these three charities best represent everyone in our theatre family.”

The concerts are free to watch on our (Official London Theatre’s) Facebook & YouTube pages, with the hope and expectation that those viewing will respond generously to the appeal for donations.

Concert Line-Up:

Wednesday 9 September, 7.30pm
Alice Fearn
Tim Howar
Sandra Marvin


Wednesday 16 September, 7.30pm
Aisha Jawando
Ben Goddard
Mazz Murray


Wednesday 23 September, 7.30pm
David Bedella
Hannah Waddingham
Joe Stilgoe


Wednesday 30 September, 7.30pm
Cavin Cornwall
Katie Brayben
Richard Fleeshman & Celinde Schoemaker

If you would like to donate before the event, please text one of the following:

– BACKUP 5 to 70450 to donate £5
– BACKUP 10 to 70450 to donate £10
– BACKUP 20 to 70450 to donate £20

Texts will cost the amount you choose plus one standard message rate, and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to donate but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text BACKUPNOINFO and your amount to 70450.

View the Facebook event page at WestEndUnplugged.com.


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aisha jawando alice fearn ben goddard Cavin Cornwall Celinde Schoemaker david bedella hannah waddingham joe stilgoe katie brayben mazz murray richard fleeshman sandra marvin tim howar

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