Andy Mace was starring in Only Fools and Horses: The Musical.
West End theatre
By Tim Stokes
West End star Maria Friedman has enrolled a cast of professional actors to perform on doorsteps around the country.
Professional actors can be booked to perform on doorsteps across the UK.
Charlie, who was bullied for loving musical theatre, has recorded a song with his West End heroes.
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The world's longest-running play has postponed reopening indefinitely.
Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap has been running in London's West End since 1952.
The murder mystery had been due to welcome socially distanced audiences at St Martin’s Theatre from 23 October onwards.
Producer Adam Spiegel announced on Tuesday that it would now be postponed “in view of the current uncertainty and with greater restrictions looming for London”.
Last week, London was placed on the government’s Covid-19 “watchlist”, although no additional rules are currently set to be introduced in the capital.
Mr Spiegel said: "We are deeply saddened to have to make this decision.
"But The Mousetrap will be back."
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A socially-distant, open-air arts festival will soon be held in locations throughout the West End, in a further bid to kick start central London’s economy.
In a year when festivals of all varieties have been cancelled en masse, Inside Out Festival will feature performances, outdoor exhibitions and installations from the capital’s leading arts institutions.
Run by Westminster Council, Inside Out will be held between 1-4 October.
It will include:
- A selection of open-air performances from West End musicals, the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, and the Royal Philharmonic Brass Ensemble
- An open-air gallery on the National Gallery’s North Terrace on Trafalgar Square
- The first ever Mayfair Sculpture Trail launched by Mayfair Art Weekend in partnership with local galleries
- Light projections in celebration of new life, nature, and optimism onto Marble Arch by artist Claire Luxton
- Light projections in Piccadilly Circus and Victoria by MTArt Agency artists Ben Cullen Williams and Lauren Baker
- The Photographers’ Gallery hosting a free, open-air portrait studio, selfie booths and an exhibition of work produced by young people during lockdown
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Comedian Dawn French and singer Beverley Knight have led a two-minute silence outside a West End theatre to draw attention to the plight of the sector.
They were joined by a group of female proprietors, directors and performers at the currently shuttered Lyric Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue at noon on Thursday.
Their "silent stand" called for theatres to be allowed to reopen without social distancing and highlighted a perceived lack of government guidance on the issue.
Theatre director Caroline Jay Ranger, theatre owner Nica Burns, musical theatre star Melanie Marshall and actor Anna-Jane Casey were among those taking part.
French said: "Today's stand is on behalf of everyone in the industry who has had their livelihood affected.
"We need a date from the government to get theatres back open - safely of course - but as soon as possible, so the terrible erosion of UK theatre does not continue."
Last week, Nimax Theatres announced it will reopen all six of its West End venues - including the Lyric - from October for a season of socially distanced shows.
However, reduced audience numbers mean they will run at a loss. Nimax co-owner Ms Burns said: "Today we stand for the army of talented theatre-makers and support teams ready to work, entertain and help reinvigorate the economy.
"We will do everything we can to assist the government to reopen our theatres safely without social distancing."
By Tim Stokes
The Mousetrap, the West End’s longest running show, will be among the first to reopen this autumn.