Last Updated on 21 November 2020 by Showcall Editorial Team
Star names have been lined up for the Christmas season at Riverside Studios in London, including a concert celebrating musical theatre and staged readings of Agatha Christie’s plays.
New Frame Productions is to present West End Acoustic, a show featuring unplugged performances by Dear Evan Hansen’s Olivier Award-winning Sam Tutty, Jesus Christ Superstar’s Tyrone Huntley, Six’s Maiya Quansah-Breed and Renée Lamb, and Wicked’s Nicholas McLean.
Scheduled for Tuesday 8 December, it is described as a celebration of all the most popular musicals, with musical direction by Chris Poon.
New Frame Productions is also staging star-studded readings of two of Agatha Christie’s crime plays, Spider’s Web and The Hollow, on Wednesday 9 December and Thursday 10 December respectively.
Spider’s Web, directed by Kirsty Patrick Ward, will feature Sir Derek Jacobi, Jessica Hynes, Matthew Kelly, Helen Monks, Adam Gillen, Gerard McCarthy, Brian Bovell, Nari Blair-Mangat, Nick Blakeley, Richard Clifford, Gloria Onitiri and Stephanie Siadatan.
The Hollow, directed by Chelsea Walker, will feature Samantha Bond, Simon Callow, James Dreyfus, Kathryn Drysdale, Richard Fleeshman, Angela Griffin, Laura Haddock, Tom Hughes, Adam James, Valentine Olukoga, Nina Sosanya, Beth Granville and Nia Towle.
All profits from the staged readings will be donated to the Theatre Support Fund+ and Acting For Others which offer financial and emotional support to theatre workers in times of need.
The season also includes Norwell Lapley Productions’ Dear Santa Live from 3 to 24 December, Eddie Izzard performing Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations from 21 to 23 December, and New Frame Productions’ The Christmas Drag Roast on 4 and 5 December.
Riverside Studios’ interim creative director, Rachel Tackley, said: “The last few months have highlighted to us how vital live performance is and at Riverside we really want to be able to share that experience with audiences just as soon as we are able. And what could be more thrilling than to be in the company of so many extraordinary artists.”