This week, the first in a new series of concerts was due to take place. Monday Night At The Apollo would share the venue on Shaftesbury Avenue with Everybody's Talking About Jamie to host concerts every two weeks, with a stellar lineup confirmed for the first show.
Then the third lockdown happened.
As we know by now, the show must ALWAYS go on and so new dates for the Monday Night At The Apollo series have been confirmed. Not only that but names have been added to the lineup boasdting some of the biggest and best names in the West End.
Performed in front of a socially distanced audience, the shows will also be simultaneously livestreamed to viewers at home via the theatre discovery platform Thespie, which is dedicated to bringing the best live and recorded theatre to audiences around the world. The new dates for the shows are Monday 12th April. Monday 26th April and Monday 10th May. In light of the current restrictions, the producers will still review each date as it approaches and react accordingly according to government guidelines at the time.
The series will feature intimate evenings of conversation and song. Performers will sing a mix of music from their favourite genres while sharing their most cherished memories and experiences from their careers.
Hosted by Greg Barnett, the performers committed to appearing in the series include Aimie Atkinson, Declan Bennett, Rosalie Craig, Arthur Darvill, Kerry Ellis, Hadley Fraser, Cassidy Janson, Lucie Jones, Renée Lamb, Cedric Neal, Jamie Muscato, Julian Ovendon and Layton Williams. Which specific performers will be appearing at each of the three dates is yet to be confirmed. Announcement of line-ups for individual dates will happen at least four weeks prior to each.
The Monday Night at the Apollo series has been conceived to support the theatre industry, and ten percent of proceeds will be donated to Acting for Others, an organisation made up of 14 individual theatrical charities.
Producers Greg Barnett and Hugh Summers said:
“We’re so excited to be announcing revised dates and further cast for ‘Monday Night At The Apollo’. In light of the newly imposed national coronavirus restrictions, we feel it was the correct decision to postpone the original performances. Public health and the safety of our audiences is our utmost priority and will always be the most important factor in informing any decisions we make. With that said, we truly believe that we are on the way back to reopening theatres and feel it is important to press ahead with getting these concerts staged. It in no way dampens our spirits, rather it strengthens our resolve to get the industry restarted. In doing so, we hope to be able to raise funds for ‘Acting For Others’ to continue to support the thousands of freelancers who these latest restrictions will hit the hardest. Theatre and its audiences know how important it is to get back to normal, especially in these seemingly crucial final months. Therefore, we ask your support, kindness, and when needed, patience, as we navigate the difficult road ahead.”
In other delayed concert news, the previously announced West End Musical Christmas has been rebranded to West End Musical Celebration with new dates confirmed for Thursday 6th until Sunday 9th May at the Palace Theatre. Produced by Shanay Holmes and Chris Steward, casting is yet to be revealed.
Tickets for both Monday Night At The Apollo and West End Musical Celebration are available from nimaxtheatres.com