West End Live will return for 2021 this weekend – here’s all you need to know.
Usually taking place in June, West End Live is a free outdoor theatre event taking place in the centre of London at Trafalgar Square.
Running over a weekend, the show features performances from the casts of the West End’s biggest musicals and musical theatre stars.
West End Live 2021 date and times
After the pandemic forced last year’s event to be cancelled, organisers have announced plans to stage this year’s concert over the weekend of 18 – 19 September 2021 at Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN. Entrances are located on the northern side of Trafalgar Square.
Performances will begin at 11AM on the Saturday and 12PM on the Sunday, running to 5PM on both days. Gates will open from 10:15AM on Saturday and 11:15AM on Sunday.
The event is completely free and requires no ticket, with entry operated on a first come, first served basis. You’ll want to turn up early to grab a great spot as the best shows in Theatreland perform.
Entry into the venue will require audience members aged 18 and over to demonstrate their Covid-19 status. More information is available on the West End Live website.
Line up of shows performing and schedule
Please note that as a live event schedules and times are subject to change at any time.
Saturday 18 September
11.00 AM – The Prince Of Egypt
11.15 AM – Disney’s Frozen
11.25 AM – Wicked
11.40 AM – Come From Away
11.55 AM – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella
12.05 PM – Hamilton
12.25 PM – The Phantom Of The Opera
12.40 PM – Mary Poppins
12.55 PM – Les Misérables
1.10 PM – Tina – The Tina Turner Musical
1.20 PM – Jersey Boys
1.40 PM – Mamma Mia!
1.55 PM – The Book Of Mormon
2.05 PM – Dreamgirls
2.15 PM – ENO – HMS Pinafore
2.30 PM – Magic Goes Wrong
2.45 PM – Ben Stock’s West End Sing-A-Long
3.00 PM – Ferris & Milnes
3.15 PM – The Choir Of Man
3.30 PM – Doctor Who: Time Fracture
3.45 PM – Vanara The Musical
4.00 PM – Bring It On The Musical
4.10 PM – What’s New Pussycat?
4.20 PM – & Juliet
4.30 PM – Dear Evan Hansen
4.50 PM – Six
5.00 PM – Event Ends
Sunday 19 September
12.00 PM – Back To The Future The Musical
12.10 PM – Pretty Woman: The Musical
12.20 PM – Disney’s The Lion King
12.30 PM – Amélie The Musical
12.45 PM – Pippin
1.00 PM – Matilda The Musical
1.05 PM – HMS Pinafore
1.20 PM – Grease The Musical
1.30 PM – Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World The Musical
1.45 PM – Six
2.00 PM – Roles We’ll Never Play
2.15 PM – The Barricade Boys
2.30 PM – Best Of British Pop
2.45 PM – Children Of Eden 30th Anniversary Concert
2.55 PM – The Great Gatsby
3.10 PM – The Choir Of Man
3.25 PM – Queenz – The Show With Balls!
3.40 PM – Stop The Show – Mark Read
3.50 PM – Mtfestuk2021
4.05 PM – The Last Five Years
4.20 PM – Rock Of Ages
4.35 PM – Magic Mike Live
4.45 PM – Heathers The Musical
5.00 PM – Event Ends
The event will be hosted by Magic Radio presenters Jason Manford, Ruthie Henshall, Emma B, Tom Price and Sonali Shah
West End LIVE will be BSL interpreted by Sue MacLaine and Marco Nardi.
Julian Bird, Chief Executive of SOLT, said: “It is fantastic to be able to bring West End LIVE back this year. I can’t think of a better way to fully welcome back our beloved productions and celebrate the incredible talent, resilience and creativity on our stages, and to put on an unforgettable show for the countless theatre lovers who have supported our industry so passionately in its time of need.”
Cllr Rachael Robathan, leader of Westminster City Council, added: “I have been proud of all the West End LIVE shows we have staged in partnership with SOLT over the years – but this year’s event is particularly momentous as it shows the world the West End is back in business.
“Our theatreland is a unique attraction for international and UK visitors, and it has been devastating for the industry to be forced to close its venues for months on end.
“The stellar line-up for this year’s West End LIVE weekend draws a line under that. We look forward to welcoming people back safely to Trafalgar Square for a free, two-day taster of their favourite musicals – old and new. Enjoy the magic this September – West End LIVE is back!”