A host of West End stars will appear in a new musical theatre-based web series.
The Theatre Channel will be launched in September, co-produced by Adam Blanshay Productions and The Theatre Café.
The pay-to-stream series will bring together talents from the theatre world. Each episode will showcase well-known musical theatre classics; performed by some of the industry’s most beloved performers on location at The Theatre Café.
Every scene will make full use of The Theatre Café’s space – from the bar seating area to the downstairs office – and ultimately stand-alone as individual performances, but each episode shall be linked by a fundamental premise.
Once purchased, episodes will be available to watch at the viewers leisure for an unlimited number of streams.
The first episode will feature Tarinn Callender (Come From Away, Hamilton), Carrie Hope Fletcher (Heathers, Addams Family, Les Misérables), Olivier Award Winner Matt Henry MBE (Kinky Boots, One Night in Miami), Lucie Jones (Waitress, Legally Blonde, X-Factor UK & Eurovision Song Contest 2017), Oliver Ormson (Back to the Future, Addams Family, Book of Mormon) and Olivier Award Winner Jenna Russell (Merrily We Roll Along, Sunday in the Park with George).
There will also be four additional performers – ‘The Café Four’ – who will feature across each episode in variety of supporting roles.
Further casting is to be announced soon.
Bill Deamer (Follies, Top Hat, Evita) will direct and choreograph the first episode, with Michael England (The Phantom of the Opera, Royal Scottish National Orchestra) as Musical Supervisor. Set and Costume will be designed by Gregor Donnelly, lighting design by Jack Weir, sound design by Keegan Curran and videography by Ben Hewis.
Co-producer Adam Blanshay said: “With our UK leaders encouraging the theatre industry to think innovatively in order to endure these unprecedented times, Ryan and I were adamant about creating an eclectic digital platform where we could create an ongoing stream of engaging content for theatre fans all over the Globe throughout the continued theatre closures.
"Using London’s beloved hub of all things theatrical- The Theatre Café- as our palette, The Theatre Channel aims to create a steady flow of work for artists and creatives over the next six months, and we’re hopeful it will grow beyond that. Combining performance with digital streaming is the way forward, and we hope to capture the hearts and minds of viewers hungry to satisfy their theatrical appetites.”
Co-producer Ryan Woods of the Theatre Café added: “Myself and Adam had an idea to use the café as a kind of working set to bring theatregoers a live style production to then watch online, which so many have looked to during these recent times to stay connected with theatreland.
"The Theatre Café has remained committed to bring our audience the best quality content to watch online. We believe, with this fabulous team now assembled, we can produce something really special!”
You can sign up for exclusive priority viewing on The Theatre Channel website here with dates to be announced soon.