West End LIVE returns to Trafalgar Square this June and the shows performing at this year’s event have been revealed. The square will once again be transformed into a theatre like no other. Featuring performances from London’s best musicals, live and for free, this hugely popular event – a joint production between Westminster City Council and Society of London Theatre (SOLT) – is the ultimate celebration of London’s famous West End and an annual highlight for theatre fans young and old.
The line-up will feature first time appearances from new hits Come From Away, Only Fools And Horses The Musical, Waitress, 9 To 5 The Musical, Fiddler On The Roof and Magic Mike Live amongst others – as well as the return of much-loved classics like Les Misérables, The Phantom Of The Opera, Wicked and Disney’s The Lion King.
Audiences will also get exclusive previews of hotly anticipated shows yet to arrive in the West End, including the Gloria Estefan musical On Your Feet!, Shakespearean pop musical & Juliet, dance spectacular Heartbeat Of Home (from the company behind Riverdance) and the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of Jesus Christ Superstar.
West End LIVE, produced and organised by Westminster City Council and Society of London Theatre (SOLT) with support from the Mayor of London, celebrates London’s world-leading West End theatre scene, which continues to break audience and box office records. Now in its 15th year, the totally free, unticketed event attracts tens of thousands of theatre fans to Trafalgar Square over the weekend.
Cllr Nickie Aiken, Westminster City Council leader, said: "West End LIVE shows why hundreds of thousands of people are drawn to our theatres every year. There is so much to do in the West End and we know that many people go on to combine the West End LIVE taster of world-class musicals with shopping and a visit to our landmark restaurants and bars. Last year’s shows were incredible. We are into our 15th year and it is going to be even bigger and better. Most importantly West End LIVE is still completely free!"
Julian Bird, Chief Executive of SOLT and UK Theatre, said: "Following another record-breaking year for London’s theatre industry, it is fantastic to be back in Trafalgar Square, continuing our partnership with the City of Westminster to showcase the extraordinary talent and creativity of so many top West End productions. Nowhere else do theatre fans get the opportunity to see exclusive live performances from their favourite shows – and all for free."
List of shows performing at West End LIVE 2019
- Disney’s Aladdin
- Avenue Q
- Brainiac Live
- Come From Away
- Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
- Fiddler On The Roof
- Heartbeat Of Home
- Jesus Christ Superstar
- & Juliet
- Disney’s The Lion King
- Magic Mike Live
- Mamma Mia!
- Matilda The Musical
- Les Misérables
- On Your Feet!
- Only Fools And Horses The Musical
- The Phantom Of The Opera
- Thriller Live
- Tina – The Tina Turner Musical
- The View UpStairs
- The Worst Witch
- 9 To 5 The Musical
Further acts, presenters and performance schedules will be announced soon.
Date: Saturday 22 June & Sunday 23 June 2019
Location: Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN
Tickets: Free event, no tickets required
Westminster City Council is the local authority serving the heart of London. The City of Westminster stretches from Pimlico and Victoria in the south through the West End, Marylebone and Bayswater to Paddington and Queen's Park in the north-west. It includes the capital's principal areas of government, shopping, entertainment and tourism and the headquarters of innumerable commercial and professional organisations together with extensive residential areas of all types. The resident population now stands at approximately 244,796 but it is estimated that about 1 million people set foot in Westminster at some time during the day. There are also tens of thousands of people who live in the City for short-periods or on a part-time basis who are not included in the resident population.
Society of London Theatre (SOLT) is a not-for-profit organisation representing the London theatre industry. SOLT runs the Olivier Awards, West End LIVE, TKTS, Theatre Tokens, Kids Week, the New Year Sale and Official London Theatre. SOLT represents approximately 230 London-based producers, theatre owners and managers, including all the major subsidised theatrical organisations in London. The combined box office income of SOLT members across London was over £765m in 2018, with over 15.5m tickets sold.