By Sophie Perry
A series which will bring together more than two dozen of the UK’s top musical theatre artists has been announced with filmed concerts premiering throughout December.
The Reunited Series, by theatre discovery platform Thespie, will feature ensemble music performances (filmed in COVID-secure London venues), which range from musical theatre hits and pop music to Christmas songs which people can watch in their own homes.
It was developed by Aimie Atkinson, Thespie’s Creative Producer and the Olivier nominated star of Pretty Woman and SIX, as well as the artists involved and will also include intimate interview footage.
Aimie said: “We’re thrilled to be bringing you our first shows—high-energy, joyful concerts with great production values and astonishing vocal performances.
I am so in awe of the level of talent working with us to make these December shows incredibly special. You are in for a treat.”
Collectively, the concert’s stars represent over two and a half centuries of experience on UK stages, with recent credits including, The Prince of Egypt, Pretty Woman, SIX, & Juliet, Come From Away, Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, and Kinky Boots.
The series will premiere on December 3rd at 8pm, with each concert following every Thursday until the final concert streams on Monday 21 December.
• 3 Dec: Unlimited: The Songs of Stephen Schwartz: a celebration of the famed composer’s works including Wicked, Pippin, Godspell, Children of Eden, and The Prince of Egypt, featuring artists who performed in Wicked in London, and featuring a special guest appearance from Stephen Schwartz himself.
• 10 Dec: Oops!… I Streamed It Again: a high-energy concert of favourite classic pop, rock, and musical theatre tunes, featuring artists who met as part of the original company of the UK musical & Juliet.
• 17 Dec: Girl Power: an empowering concert of songs by famous girl bands through the decades, performed by the artists from The Reunion, the original West End queens of the musical SIX.
• 21 Dec: All I Want For Christmas Is Theatre: a love letter to the tradition of seeing theatre with those you love during the holiday season, featuring classic Christmas songs of all styles. More than two dozen top UK theatre artists will perform, including all those from Unlimited, Oops!… I Streamed It Again, and Girl Power, and others to be announced.
Thespie’s first original production, The Reunion, was one of the bestselling paid theatre streaming events in the UK, selling tickets to 3600 households across 65 countries; and employed 35 live entertainment workers who received over £30k in income from the event.
Tyler Stoops, Thespie founder, said: “Watching our first concert, The Reunion, revived my spirits, and hundreds of viewers told us how meaningful it was, how inspired they were, and how much fun they had.
“So I’m thrilled we can deliver four more concerts for audiences at home around the world, just in time for Christmas. I think all of us are ready for some joy and excitement.”
Streaming tickets for a single concert are £12.50 if booked early (by 30 Nov), or £15 if purchased in December. An Extended-Access bundle (£37.50 in Nov; £45 in Dec) gives purchasers access to all four concerts from their premiere through 31 December.