The Show Must Go On! Announces West End Shows From June
The Show Must Go On! campaign for the West End which has been supported by The Theatre Support Fund+ and MZG Theatre Productions, have announced a run of new shows which will take place from 2nd – 6th June 2021 at London’s Palace Theatre.
THE SHOW MUST GO ON! LIVE AT THE PALACE THEATRE, is a concert which will celebrate the wealth of West End talent with all profits going to Acting For Others and The Fleabag Support Fund. All of the 16 shows which appear on the iconic ‘The Show Must Go On!’ design are confirmed to perform and these include:
TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL
Dear Evan Hansen
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
The Book of Mormon
The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda The Musical
Disney’s The Lion King
The Prince of Egypt
Come From Away
The Phantom Of The Opera
The official website teases that further cast, performances and hosts are to be announced soon, and explains that:
“The Palace Theatre operates strictly under the government COVID-19 guidelines. For further information check our COVID-19 secure information page. All bookings in a party must only be from the same household or the legally defined support bubble.”
About Theatre Support Fund+
The Theatre Support Fund+ was set up in May 2020 by Chris Marcus and Damien Stanton, two friends who work within the theatre industry as a direct response to the Coronavirus Pandemic. Working alongside Acting for Others and The Fleabag Support Fund their ‘The Show Must Go On!’ Campaign is raising much needed funds for the theatre community.
To date the fund has raised over £600,000 providing financial assistance to many of the hardest hit within the theatre community.
On March 20th the Government officially closed all theatres for an indefinite period. This has caused huge disruptions to the lives of thousands of people working in the theatre industry on the West End and across the UK. Actors, Directors, Designers, Stage Managers, Lighting, Sound and Video Teams, Wardrobe and Wigs Teams, Stage Crews, Production Managers, Props and Costume Supervisors, Front of House Staff, Box Office Staff, Stage Door Keepers… The list goes on and on.
The theatre industry in the UK employs over 270,000 people many of whom have been unable to receive any kind of support from the UK Government during the pandemic.
We have set up the `Theatre Support Fund+’ as a way to raise funds for these 3 important charities.
Acting For Others
For every successful actor, there are hundreds of performers, backstage and front-of-house theatre staff who are not so fortunate. They may be suffering from illness, disability, or be caring for children with special needs. Many in our industry lend their support or put their name to other good causes but, like any profession, we also try to take care of our own.
Fleabag Support Fund
The Fleabag Support Fund will partner with charities responding to the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic to provide grants to freelancers working in the theatre industry who are in urgent financial need and unable to work as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic.
NHS COVID-19 Urgent Appeal
There are more than 250 NHS charities across the UK and most of them focus on helping our hospitals do more. Collectively these charities give £1 million every day to the NHS so that people can stay well for longer and get better faster. In recent years NHS charities have funded major capital projects, pioneering research and medical equipment at our hospitals, helping patients access the best possible care when they need it most.
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