West End LIVE 2016 Shows Revealed

Shows Announced For West End LIVE 2016 With MasterCard

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  • West End LIVE with MasterCard is set to attract more than 500,000 people to Trafalgar Square
  • Over 25 shows join the main stage line-up to celebrate the best of the West End
  • Stars including Beverley Knight, Michael Xavier, Kerry Ellis, Tom Chambers, Samantha Barks, Matt Cardle and Pixie Lott set to perform
West End LIVE with MasterCard takes place in Trafalgar Square on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June 2016. Celebrating its 12th year, the free musical extravaganza showcases the best of the West End. Attracting crowds of more than 500,000 people over the course of the weekend, West End LIVE with MasterCard is the largest event of its type in the world.

Organised by Westminster City Council and Official London Theatre with support from the Mayor of London, this year’s celebration is set to deliver another star-studded, packed weekend of free entertainment from the West End’s biggest shows.

Cllr Robert Davis MBE DL (Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member responsible for Special Events, Westminster City Council) said: “West End LIVE is back and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever before, with the crème de la crème of London’s musical theatre taking to our stage in Trafalgar Square, live and for free. Over the 18 and 19 June, 500,000 people will again visit the area and contribute some £4.5 million to the local economy. I hope that this year’s line-up will excite our magnificent fan-base and that, like me, they are looking forward to the curtain going up on what will be another incredible weekend of world-class entertainment, showcasing the magic of the West End”

The line-up for the West End Live stage this year includes; American Idiot, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, The Bodyguard, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Disney’s The Lion King, In The Heights, Impossible, Jersey Boys, Les Misérables, Mamma Mia!, Matilda The Musical, The Phantom Of The Opera, Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, Stomp, Sunny Afternoon, Thriller Live and Wicked.

New shows making their West End LIVE debuts over the weekend include Breakfast At Tiffany’s, Crazy For You, Guys And Dolls, Jesus Christ Superstar, Kinky Boots, Motown The Musical, Murder Ballad, The Secret Garden, Show Boat and The Wedding Singer.

Julian Bird, Chief Executive of the Society of London Theatre, said: “Each year hundreds of thousands of people come to Trafalgar Square to watch an incredible array of West End performances. From plays and musicals to cabaret and magic, West End LIVE showcases the diversity and incredible talent on the London stage and celebrates the world class status of the city’s theatre.”

Nicki Grant, Head of Marketing UK&I at MasterCard said: “West End LIVE is a wonderful event which we’re proud to sponsor – it brings the magic of West End theatre to hundreds of thousands of people, and it’s all completely free. Plus there’ll be some amazing Priceless Surprises for lucky MasterCard holders over the course of the weekend – make sure you follow @MasterCardUK to be in with a chance.”

For all the latest news ahead of Theatreland’s biggest weekend visit http://www.westendlive.co.uk

Shows performing:

American Idiot

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

The Bodyguard

Breakfast At Tiffany’s,

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

Crazy For You

Disney’s The Lion King

Guys And Dolls

In The Heights


Jersey Boys

Jesus Christ Superstar

Kinky Boots

Les Misérables

Mamma Mia!

Matilda The Musical

Motown The Musical

Murder Ballad

The Phantom Of The Opera

The Secret Garden

Show Boat

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical


Sunny Afternoon

Thriller Live

The Wedding Singer


Date Published: 24 May 2016

Press Contacts:

Westminster City Council

Hamza Omaar – homaar@westminster.gov.uk / 020 7641 1493

Society of London Theatre

Daniel Austin – DanA@soltukt.co.uk / 020 7557 6729

  • Westminster City Council,www.westminster.gov.uk, 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 234,000 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. The City Council has 60 Members which, since the election in May 2010, comprise: 48 Conservative, 12 Labour. The Lord Mayor is elected annually and carries out a large programme of civic duties, including attending many state occasions. The City Council employs about 4,800 staff who work flexibly over a large number of locations, almost all of them within the City boundaries. The main building for the Council is City Hall located on Victoria Street, near Victoria Station.

  • MasterCard(NYSE: MA),www.mastercard.com, is a technology company in the global payments industry. It operates the world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. MasterCard’s products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, travelling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone. Follow them on Twitter@MasterCardNews,join the discussion on the Beyond the Transaction Blogandsubscribefor the latest news on the Engagement Bureau.

  • Official London Theatre is the consumer facing brand for the Society of London Theatre (SOLT), the not-for-profit organisation which provides a collective voice for the theatre owners, producers and managers of all the major commercial and grant-aided theatres across London. As well as protecting the interests of all its member theatres, SOLT promotes theatregoing through activities including the Olivier Awards with MasterCard, the TKTS ticket booth, the Official London Theatre website and its printed fortnightly listings guide, Theatre Tokens and the popular annual celebration West End LIVE in association with MasterCard. It also administers the audience development initiatives Kids Week and Get Into London Theatre, and supports a number of theatrical charities including Stage One and Mousetrap Theatre Projects.

    Audiences inspired by performances they have seen or plays they have heard about at West End LIVE can pay no booking fee on a selection of hit London shows throughout June at www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk. Shows without fees include:
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory,
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
Guys And Dolls
In The Heights
Jersey Boys
Matilda The Musical
Mrs Henderson Presents
The Railway Children
Show Boat
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical
Sunny Afternoon
Thriller Live               
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