Free theatre performances at West End Live this weekend

If you are in the capital this weekend, you might want to drop by West End Live in Trafalgar Square where the event will be celebrating its tenth anniversary.

West End Live provides two days of free taster performances of shows from London’s West End. Show taking part this year include: The Commitments, Once, Wicked, Billy Elliot, The Pajama Game, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, MAMMA MIA!, The Bodyguard, The Lion King, Stomp, Thriller Live, Jersey Boys, and many more.

A first for this year’s event will see a series of talks with people in the theatre industry. The talks will take place in West End Live’s Theatre Emporium, hosted in a 1920s Spiegeltent in Leicester Square. Scheduled to speak are director Jamie Lloyd and the casts of Handbagged and forthcoming production Shakespeare in Love. 

To mark the significant anniversary, there will be a cabaret performance of ten songs which have been performed at West End Live throughout the last decade.

West End Live is a free and non-ticketed event. The event runs on Saturday 21 June (11am-6pm) and Sunday 22 June (12-6pm);

Free West End performances in Trafalgar Square from West End LIVE

West End LIVE, a free annual event, returns in June with performances of leading theatre productions in the West End performed live in Trafalgar Square. In 2012, the West End LIVE weekend saw over 500,000 visitors attend. The two-day festival is run by the Society of London Theatre (SOLT), Westminster City Council and Mastercard.

Performances at this year’s event will include a mix of West End favourites and newcomers, including Billy Elliot the Musical, The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, Matilda The Musical, The Sound Of Music, Top Hat, The Bodyguard, A Chorus Line, Once: A New Musical and many more.

West End LIVE, now in its ninth year, was proposed by deputy leader of Westminster City Council Robert Davis to support and rejuvenate the West End, and to showcase the entertainment available in the area. Of the visitors to last year’s event, 85% said that it would be likely that they would attend a West End show having seen the performances as part of West End LIVE.

Councillor Robert Davis said of this year’s event: ‘This will be the largest West End LIVE we have ever produced with more shows taking part than ever before. From humble beginnings in Leicester Square nine years ago, our event now attracts hundreds of thousands of people. We cannot wait to get the weekend started and showcase exactly what the West End of London has to offer – the best art, musicals and theatre in the world.’

West End LIVE takes place on 22-23 June 2013, for more information visit

Fill you in Friday

Too busy to keep track of all the latest events and workshops coming up? Teaching Drama has done the work for you – we’re giving you the updates so you won’t miss out on the latest goings on in drama activities from teachers and students.

The Beyond the Stage Careers Fair

TheatreCraft is home to a day full of workshops on everything from musical direction, stage management to funding yourself through training. If you would like to attend any of the workshops on offer, head to the website asap as spaces are filling up fast!

TheatreCraft also has The Marketplace, an exhibition giving students and teachers the opportunity to liaise with people in the heart of the theatre industry. If you have booked to attend the workshop, entrance to The Marketplace is free.

The event will be held at London Coliseum, Monday 28th November.

To book a workshop or register click here.

London Bubble
Forum Theatre Training

The one day training event is designed for teachers, youth workers and practitioners. The workshop looks at young people’s issues and how theatrical devices can be used to address them – exploring active exercises and discussion based activities.

The course will run in London on 7th December 2011 from 10 am – 4pm

The cost of the workshop is: £100+ VAT / £60+ VAT (concessions) (Including lunch)

For more information call Marie on 020 7237 4434 or to book online click here.

Fourth Plinth
Schools Award 2012

The award is open to primary and secondary schools in London. Students design an artwork inspired by contemporary art commissions, past and present, for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square.

Students or teachers can submit ideas online to the Fourth Plinth gallery. Get creative; entries can be in a variety of forms, even as a digital film.

The deadline for entries is the Friday 16th December.

To register or view other entries click here.