Originally scheduled to take place earlier this year, the concerts have now been rescheduled in line with the government’s roadmap out of lockdown.
This brand new concert series will now take place at the Apollo Theatre on the 24th May, 14th June and the 5th July it has been announced. It will be performed in front of socially distanced audiences as well as being able to live stream via the theatre discovery platform Thespie.
The producers will still be reviewing each date as it approaches and react according to government guidelines at the time.
Meanwhile, this new series is an intimate evening filled with music and conversation hosted by Greg Barnett (Miss Littlewood, Swallows and Amazons) and featuring some of the West End’s best known performers. Monday Night at the Apollo was created to support the theatre industry, with a percentage of profits will being donated to Acting for Others, an organisation made up of 14 individual theatrical charities.
While individual concert line ups have yet to be confirmed, performers who are committed at this stage to appearing in the series include Aimie Atkinson (Six, Pretty Woman), Declan Bennett (Jesus Christ Superstar, Once), Rosalie Craig(Company, City of Angels), Arthur Darvil (Once, Sweet Charity), Hadley Fraser (Les Misérables, City of Angels), Lucie Jones (Waitress, Rent), Cedric Neal (Chess, Mowtown the Musical) and Jamie Muscato (Heathers, West Side Story). Further artists will be announced in due course.
Talking about the news, Producers Greg Barnett and Hugh Summers said, “We’re excited to be announcing revised dates and further cast for ‘Monday Night At The Apollo’. With the announcement of the Government’s new roadmap to easing social restrictions, we can all feel more hopeful for the wider reopening of the industry later this year. Public health and the safety of our audiences are still our utmost priority and the performances will adhere to the current government guidelines. As such, we expect at least the first two performances to feature socially distanced houses, with hope that we will be able to welcome a full audience for our final show. Furthermore, all three performances will still be live streamed to viewers at home via Thespie.com. With this said, the industry faces huge challenges in its recovery and we still hope to be able to raise funds for ‘Acting For Others’ to continue to support the thousands of freelancers who continue to be hit hardest as our sector remains closed. Theatre and its audiences know how vital it will be to support each other on the road to recovery and in these seemingly crucial final months, we ask your support, kindness, and when needed, patience, as we embark on our journey back to the stage.”