West End Live is back as the free event hits Trafalgar Square with two days of performances from West End shows.

FREE EVENTS. TRAFALGAR SQUARE STAGE IN NOT TICKETED. SPIEGELTENT IN LEICESTER SQUARE IS TICKETED BUT TICKETS ARE FREE.

SATURDAY 21 JUNE 2014 – 11am to 6pm, SUNDAY 22 JUNE 2014 – 12pm to 6pm

This year’s West End Live – the free event that showcases the best of West End Theatre – promises to be even bigger than ever.

A massive stage set up in Trafalgar Square will showcase the very best of West End shows including new musicals Miss Saigon and the Pajama Game.

And this year celebrates 10 years of West End Live, run by Westminster City Council and the Society of London Theatre in association with MasterCard.

For the first time this year the event will feature a Spiegeltent in Leicester Square to host a free Theatre Emporium, featuring special talks and Q&As including director of The Commitments and Richard III, Jamie Lloyd, and the casts of Shakespeare in Love and Handbagged.

The event will also feature cabaret performances of 10 songs that have been performed at past West End Lives in order to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the annual event – including Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

Stalls are also set up at the event, including Pollock’s Toy Shop, the Science Museum and Forbidden Planet.

Performances

Shows now confirmed to appear at the event include:

Schedule

SATURDAY 21 JUNE

MAIN STAGE – TRAFALGAR SQUARE:

This is the current schedule but check on the West End Live website for final changes and details.
11.00 THE COMMITMENTS
11.15 ONCE THE MUSICAL
11.30 WICKED
11.50 BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL
12.05 LES MISÉRABLES
12.20 PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
12.30 MISS SAIGON
12.45 THE PAJAMA GAME
13.00 MATILDA THE MUSICAL
13.10 CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
13.20 DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS THE MUSICAL
13.35 JERSEY BOYS
13.55 MAMMA MIA!
14.10 THE BODYGUARD
14.25 FORBIDDEN BROADWAY
14.40 THRILLER LIVE
15.05 THE GERSHWIN’S PORGY AND BESS
15.25 LET IT BE
15.55 GROOVE ON DOWN THE ROAD
16.05 SYLVIA YOUNG THEATRE SCHOOL
16.20 BIG DANCE
16.40 KASIA HOWLEY
16.50 THE WEST END GOSPEL CHOIR
17.05 NATHAN AMZI AND IN THE HEIGHTS
17.25 STOMP
17.45 THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE CHORUS
18.00 SHOW ENDS

THE SPIEGELTENT – LEICESTER SQUARE
Subject to final changes and details. NOTE: THESE ARE TICKETED EVENTS – Tickets are free; Book tickets with the links below

12:30 HANDBAGGED – The cast in conversation – Book tickets
13:30 DAYTONA – Maureen Lipman and cast in conversation – Book tickets
15:00 GHOST STORIES – Andy Nyman and cast in conversation – Book tickets
17:40 SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE – cast in conversation – Book tickets

SUNDAY 22 JUNE

This is the current schedule but check on the West End Live website for final changes and details.
12.00 STOMP
12.15 DISNEY’S THE LION KING
12.25 THE COMMITMENTS
12.45 MATILDA THE MUSICAL
12.55 THE PAJAMA GAME
13.05 THRILLER LIVE
13.30 BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL
13.40 CAROUSEL
13.55 JERSEY BOYS
14.20 LET IT BE
14.45 20TH CENTURY BOY
15.10 ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA
15.25 WEST END KIDS
15.40 THE SHOWSTOPPERS
16.05 WEST END MASTERCLASS
16.25 WEST END LIVE: 10 FROM 10
17.35 CALAMITY JANE
17.45 LORD OF THE DANCE: DANGEROUS GAMES
18.00 SHOW ENDS

The 10 FROM 10 slot, hosted by Oliver Tompsett, will see the following shows perform (apparently WE WILL ROCK YOU might also be included!):
THE WIZARD OF OZ – Danielle Hope sings “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”
MARY POPPINS – Caroline Sheen sings “A Spoonful of Sugar”
BLOOD BROITHERS – Vivienne Carlyle sings “Tell Me It’s Not True”
THE SOUND OF MUSIC – Michael Xavier sings “Edelweiss”
OLIVER! – Jodie Prenger sings “As Long as He Needs Me”
JOSEPH – Daniel Boys sings “Close Every Door to Me” and “Any Dream Will Do”
HAIRSPRAY – Leanne Jones sings “Good Morning Baltimore”
CHICAGO – song/performer tbc
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT – song/performer tbc
AVENUE Q – the new Touring cast, song tbc

THE SPIEGELTENT – LEICESTER SQUARE
Subject to final changes and details. NOTE: THESE ARE TICKETED EVENTS – Tickets are free; Book tickets with the links below

12:00 I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS – family storytelling – Book tickets
14:00 LET THE RIGHT ONE IN – John Tiffany in conversation – Book tickets
15:30 TRAFALGAR TRANSFORMED – Jamie Lloyd in conversation – Book tickets
17:00 Theatrical illusionist Richard Pinner – Book tickets

LINKS

News and photos from previous West End Live events
West End Live 2014 website