We chatted to Greg Barnett about hosting the recently announced concert series Monday Night at the Apollo, taking place on various dates.
Hi Greg, what can we expect from Monday Night at the Apollo? Monday Night’s just got a whole load more exciting. We are bringing a series of live music gigs to the Apollo Theatre with some of the finest performers to have trodden the boards in theatres around this country and beyond. These nights are going to celebrate British theatres and live music venues, with our guests singing an eclectic mix of their favourite music. Nimax theatres have ensured that a visit to the Apollo theatre is incredibly safe for audiences and performers, which means we’re able to have a very safely socially distanced in-house audience. We’ll also be live streaming around the world, allowing anyone who can’t make it to the theatre to still feel the vibe of live performance from their own homes.
How does it feel to be hosting this new concert series? I simply cannot wait to be back up on the West End stage with some of the most talented, loveliest people in the business – what is there not to look forward to?! I’ve been chatting with them all about what they’re going to sing and I can tell you, you’re in for an absolutely awesome night of music. We’ve also put together a top notch band led by George Dyer on keys. I can’t wait to be up there sharing with our audiences the sheer class of these wonderful performers.
Can you tell us more about the guests you have got lined up so far? For our first show on Monday 11th January, we have the incredible line up of Rosalie Craig, Arthur Darvill, Hadley Fraser, Lucie Jones and Cedric Neal. All five of these artists transcend the theatre and are exceptional musicians in their own rights. Rosalie is a multi award winning performer and was most recently seen in the London revival of ‘Company’ as the newly inspired female protagonist ‘Bobbie’. Arthur is a star of stage and screen, known for his roles in ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Legends of tomorrow’ and starring on Broadway as the lead in the hit musical ‘Once’. Hadley is an international star of the West End and Broadway. He came into prominence as Marius in Les Miserables and was due to open earlier this year in the West End, with the Donmar Warehouse transfer of ‘City of Angels’ as covid hit. Lucie shot into the limelight as a finalist on the X-Factor. She’s starred in many West End shows including the lead in the smash hit musical ‘Waitress’. Cedric wowed audiences with his incredible vocals on ‘The Voice’ and has starred in numerous West End shows, most recently in the concert version of ‘Songs for a New World’ at the London Palladium.
What are you most looking forward to about being part of Monday Night at the Apollo? Honestly, I’m looking forward to audiences being able to enjoy the sheer brilliance of these performers again. The Apollo lends itself to the intimacy that this show will undoubtedly have and I think it will be a special night for everyone watching and performing to reconnect after such an unprecedented year. I’m also so excited to be livestreaming a music event with a real life audience in the theatre. It really makes a difference for those joining us at home as they will be able to feel the atmosphere through their screens. A lot of people have suffered over the course of this year and I feel incredibly proud that we can do our small part to support the fantastic charity ‘Acting for Others’.
How does it feel to be bringing live performance back to the Apollo theatre? I’ve missed performing so much and equally I’ve missed being in the audience and watching live theatre and music. This night will be a celebration of why we love live performance and it’s a huge privilege to be able to bring audiences and performers back together in such a special West End theatre.
By Emma Clarendon
Note: since this interview took place, a new lockdown was announced and so the dates for the shows have been changed.