West End Live, the free annual theatre event, will return to London this summer on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June 2011, promising a spectacular celebration of West End shows.
In a break with tradition, the seventh annual event will be held in Trafalgar Square whilst the renovations continue in its traditional home of Leicester Square.
A host of major London shows have signed up to take part in the live showcase, including new musicals Rock of Ages, Betty Blue Eyes, Ghost The Musical, The Wizard Of Oz, Million Dollar Quartet, Shrek The Musical, Lend Me A Tenor and the Open Air Theatre’s new production of Crazy For You. Also new this year will be performances from the madcap The Flying Karamazov Brothers, CBBC’s Dan and Jeff in Potted Potter and ZooNation’s Some Like It Hip Hop.
They will be joined by long-running shows including Stomp, War Horse, Legally Blonde The Musical, Love Never Dies, Mamma Mia!, Billy Elliot The Musical, Jersey Boys, Thriller Live, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical, Chicago, Wicked and We Will Rock You.
Rock of Ages, which does not open until September at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London, is flying some of the stars of its Broadway cast over to London especially for the event. Rock of Ages is currently being made into a big-budget Hollywood movie starring Tom Cruise.
Stars will be out in force for the event, with performances promised by some of the West End’s top talent, including Over The Rainbow winner Danielle Hope (The Wizard of Oz), Lee Mead (Legally Blonde) and Sarah Lancashire (Betty Blue Eyes).
There will also be performances this year from Free Run, the West End Gospel Choir and the London Gay Men’s Chorus and exhibits from the Science Museum, London Film Museum and National Gallery.
This year’s event will run from 11am to 6pm on Saturday 18 June and 12pm to 6pm on Sunday 19 June.
Photos from past West End Live events. Photos by Roy Tan.