Due to the coronavirus outbreak, all of London’s theatres are currently shut, until who knows when?
This is a bleak time for an industry in which virtually every performer is a freelancer.
Fortunately, people are already starting to try and help, and one exciting initiative will launch next Monday. Leave a Light On is a series of intimate, three-times-a-day concerts staged by Lambert Jackson Productions and the Theatre Café, at which actors – we’re promised some big names, some relative newcomers – will perform a 45-minute live piano set that you can pay a small fee to watch online. It provides a source of income for actors who’ve lost theirs, and also entertainment for self-isolating musical-theatre fans.
In a statement, Lambert Jackson Productions and the Theatre Café said: ‘We are so excited about this project. This is a really dark time for the theatre world and we want to help wherever we can, as much as possible. The idea that people who are self-isolating can help performers who have lost all of their work is a really beautiful thing, and also speaks volumes about our amazing industry and the community it fosters.’
The first week of performances will feature 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. Each will perform a 45-minute concert, which you can access for £7.50, with the artist receiving the greater portion of the fee. Details of how to stream will be announced soon.