Top 10 LW Theatres Moments of 2020
Posted 29th December 2020
2021, play on
It’s been an unprecedented time as we’ve heard… all year. And whilst we’re not out the other side just yet, we want to take the time to celebrate those memorable moments that kept us going. Read on to see what made our top 10…
It spread through the West End like wildfire: Andrew Lloyd Webber was set to completely reinvent a fairytale classic, Cinderella.
With the announcement, came the news that Carrie Hope Fletcher (Les Misérables, Heathers) would star and Emerald Fennell would pen the script – hot off the heels of a show you may have heard called Killing Eve.
The Mind-Bending Hit Musical
Before its untimely closure, the show garnered a flurry of rave reviews with The Telegraph calling it, “A universal story with an absolutely terrific young British cast.”
The Show Must Go On
Even if theatre doors were closed, we were still treated to streams of world-class shows via National Theatre at Home, The Shows Must Go On and more. Plus, our favourite stars did what they do best, with live shows direct from their homes.
Don’t Call it a Comeback
The audience was socially distanced, the face coverings were mandatory and you bet the hand sanitiser was on tap. All of this and more was set up to demonstrate that theatres could operate safely.
And the Winner is..
Filmed as a special ITV programme at The London Palladium, the Olivier Awards featured the likes of Miriam Teak-Lee (& Juliet), Sam Tutty (Dear Evan Hansen), plus a whole host of well-deserved accolades.
Hosted by Jason Manford, the ceremony celebrated all things theatre, right at a time when we needed it most.
A Treasure-Trove of Palladium Past
Like the crown jewel in an otherwise less than sparkling year, Pantoland at The Palladium opened up the festive season. And it featured an all star cast including Elaine Paige, Julian Clary, Beverley Knight, Ashley Banjo & Diversity, Gary Wilmot, Paul Zerdin, Jac Yarrow, Charlie Stemp and Nigel Havers.
Despite its brief run, the love and welcome for live theatre was louder than ever.
Let The Music Play
We want to take a moment to celebrate the brilliant work done by those who have kept us all going during this difficult period.
● To all the NHS workers, carers and front line workers
● To our casts, crews, producers and partners
● To our staff, friends, families, colleagues and neighbours
● To our audiences
Thank you for your ongoing support in these uncertain times. We look forward to reopening our doors and welcoming you back soon.
*Designed by Matt O’Reilly from the Front of House team at The London Palladium