I first heard about the Theatre Café when the stars of my recent production of the musical BLITZ were invited to perform numbers from the show at their new St Martin’s Lane Venue.
It is what is says, nothing fancy, just a smart little café with a small, raised performance area. The way it makes a significant impact is that all the performances there become available to watch across social media. Something I predict will be seen as of enormous value to producers as their fan base grows.
It must be said they’re also doing stirling work to keep us entertained during self-isolation.
Yesterday Lambert Jackson Productions and the Theatre Café announced the line-up for the first week of their LEAVE A LIGHT ON project.
This will be a series of “intimate, piano vocal concerts streamed live from The Theatre Café” and the line up is superb featuring some of the best performers from the younger generation of west End stars and emerging Musical Theatre including Blake Patrick Anderson, Aimie Atkinson, Christopher Cameron, Alice Fearn, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, Evelyn Hoskins, David Hunter, Cassidy Janson, Lucie Jones, Bradley Judge and Harry Cooper Miller, Emma Kingston, Sarah O’Connor, Steph Parry, Danielle Steers, and Layton Williams.
It’s not free, each concert will cost you £7.50 to watch, but as they point out this is “significantly less than a ticket to a show, audiences around the country will be able to access a live concert from their favourite West End performer from the best seat in the house - their own home!”
The press release goes on to explain “The fee per show will be split between the artist, who will have the highest percentage, Lambert Jackson and the Theatre cafe to cover running costs, and the streaming and licensing fee”.
Which is absolutely fair enough. Performers and producers need to keep financially afloat as well as the rest of us.
We’re told that details of how to stream and further line ups will be coming very shortly and you’re advised to keep an eye on the Lambert Jackson and The Theatre Cafe social accounts. Twitter: @LJProds @thetheatrecafe. Instagram: @lambertjacksonproductions @theatrecafeUK. Facebook: Lambert Jackson Productions, The Theatre Café
Here’s the line up so far:
Monday 23 March
2.30pm: Layton Williams
4.30pm: Sarah O’Connor
6.30pm: Lucie Jones
Tuesday 24 March
2.30pm: Emma Kingston
4.30pm: Victoria Hamilton-Barritt
6.30pm: Aimie Atkinson
Wednesday 25 March
2.30pm: Christopher Cameron
4.30pm: Evelyn Hoskins
6.30pm: Cassidy Janson
Thursday 26 March
2.30pm: Bradley Judge and Harry Cooper Miller
4.30pm: Blake Patrick Anderson
6.30pm: David Hunter
Friday 27 March
2.30pm: Danielle Steers
4.30pm: Steph Parry
6.30pm: Alice Fearn