I thought Liam Tamne’s tweet thread about diversity was worth flagging up ahead of today’s concert announcements as talk about change is proving awfully cheap compared with actually actioning it…
To all the announcements today, if you strive for diversity, please note this is more than Black and White actors. It’s ALL ethnic groups, also disabled actors, trans actors, representation not only on stage but also behind. All though I welcome these announcements, I’m sad
— Liam Tamne (@LiamTamne) October 27, 2020
The West End Does… team returns to the stage with West End Does: Christmas 2020 at Cadogan Hall on 13th December. They promise a socially distanced West End Christmas extravaganza, featuring stars of the West End performing songs and carols with Louise Dearman, Killian Donnelly, Rachel John and Oliver Tompsett announced as headliners and special guests to be announced in the coming weeks.
Casting and two further dates have been announced for The Show Must Go On! Live, the charity concerts. With new dates of 11th and 12th November, the shows are celebrating the wealth of West End talent with all profits going to Acting For Others and The Fleabag Support Fund.
The initial line-up will feature Aisha Jawando in a performance from Tina – The Tina Turner Musical, Sam Tutty in a performance from Dear Evan Hansen, Layton Williams in a performance from Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Collette Guitart and Hana Stewart in a performance from SIX (the pair will perform on select dates each), Gavin Spokes in a performance from Hamilton, Dom Simpson and Tom Xander in a performance from The Book of Mormon, Helen Woolf and Laura Pick in a performance from Wicked, Tilly-Raye Bayer, Imogen Cole, Alyssa D’Souza, Alex Munden and Carly Thoms in a performance from The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda The Musical.
Furthermore, Jordan Luke Gage will perform a number from & Juliet, with Shan Ako and Frances Ruffelle in a performance from Les Misérables, cast members in a performance from Disney’s The Lion King, Christine Allado and Alexia Khadime in a performance from The Prince of Egypt, Alice Fearn in a performance from Come From Away, Holly-Anne Hull and Rhys Whitfield in a performance from The Phantom Of The Opera, Zizi Strallen in a performance from Mary Poppins and Mazz Murray in a performance from Mamma Mia!.