A brand new concert series has been announced for London’s West End.
Monday Night at the Apollo will launch on Monday 24 May 2021 and continue throughout the Spring in front of a socially distanced audience at the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue and streamed online to viewers at home.
Each show will be an intimate evening of conversation and song hosted by Greg Barnett (Miss Littlewood, Swallows and Amazons) with some of the West End’s best-known performers.
Performers will share their most cherished memories and experiences from their careers, alongside performances of music which is personal to them, in a relaxed and informal theatrical celebration.
Here’s a run down of all the confirmed line ups so far..
The line up for the first show on 24 May will feature Aimie Atkinson (Six, Pretty Woman), Cassidy Janson (&Juliet, Beautiful), Lucie Jones (Waitress, Rent), Cedric Neal (Chess, Mowtown the Musical) and Julian Ovenden (South Pacific, Downton Abbey).
Shan Ako (Les Miserable, Xfactor), Arthur Darvill (Once, Doctor Who), Sophie Evans (Wicked, Wizard of Oz), Sandra Marvin (Waitress, Emmerdale) and Oliver Tompsett (&Juliet, Wicked) will join on-stage for an intimate night of music and theatrical chat, featuring ovation worthy performances of songs from their favourite genres.
Whilst further concert line-ups have not yet been confirmed, performers who are committed at this stage to appearing in the series include Declan Bennett (Jesus Christ Superstar, Once), Rosalie Craig (Company, City of Angels), Hadley Fraser (Les Misérables, City of Angels) and Jamie Muscato (Heathers, West Side Story). Further artists will be announced in due course.
The announced artists have agreed to have their names associated with ‘Monday Night At The Apollo’ to show their support for both this production as well as the wider reopening of the industry. Their performances will be subject to availability and any changes to the cast will be announced on a rolling basis. Announcement of line-ups for individual dates will happen at least four weeks prior to each.
This concert series is musically directed by George Dyer, and produced by Greg Barnett and Hugh Summers for Wild Mountain Productions Ltd. Wild Mountain Productions Ltd was founded in 2020 to produce live theatre, with new and challenging work at its core.
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 livestreamed 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.”