West End stars line up for UK’s first musical theatre convention

Last Updated on 22 April 2022 by Showcall Editorial Team

West End Musical Productions and the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) have today announced Musical Con in London in October

Musical Theatre Con
Artwork for the new Musical Con in 2022

A host of West End stars will come together this October at the UK’s first musical theatre convention, Musical Con, in London.

Taking place at ExCel in east London on the weekend of 22 and 23 October 2022, it already has a team of “ambassadors” including Aimie Atkinson, Omari Douglas, Kerry Ellis, Alice Fearn, Ben Forster, Shanay Holmes, Trevor Dion Nicholas, Jenna Russell, Jodie Steele and Layton Williams.

Over 30 special guests have also been announced including musical theatre supergroup SVN, made up of Aimie Atkinson, Alexia McIntosh, Grace Mouat, Millie O’Connell, Natalie Paris, Maiya Quansah-Breed and Jarneia Richard-Noel.

Others announced today are Kelly Agbowu, Jocasta Almgill, Luke Bayer, Nikki Bentley, Lauren Byrne, Maddison Bullyment, Tarinn Callender, Lauren Drew, Hiba Elchikhe, Emma Hatton, Sophie Isaacs, Cassidy Janson, Aisha Jawando, Idriss Kargbo, Emma Kingston, Bobby Little, Carl Mann, Jason Pennycooke, Laura Pick, Karl Queensborough, Jon Robyns, Sharon Rose, Charlie Stemp, Ivano Turco, Michael Xavier and Mitch Zhangazha.

Many more special guests are due to be announced over the coming months.

Event organiser West End Musical Productions and the Society of London Theatre (SOLT), which represents theatre owners and producers, announced Musical Con today after building up anticipation with the mysterious hashtag #ThisIsForTheFans on social media.

Over the two-day event, fans will have the opportunity to meet the stars, celebrate the shows and learn from the pros as never before. They are also invited to join in with a cosplay competition, fan meetups, musical lip-sync battles and show sing-alongs.

The Main Stage will be where fans can enjoy performances, surprise cast reunions, interviews, Q&As, discussion panels and show spotlights.

At Stage Door they can get up close and personal with their stage faves with meet and greets and photo and autograph opportunities.

Theatreland will host interactive show experiences, a marketplace full of stalls selling fandom merchandise and memorabilia, shops selling musical theatre clothing and accessories, and a musical theatre-themed café.

In the Backstage area, enthusiasts can enjoy an extensive selection of musical theatre workshops, masterclasses and talks run by the cast and creatives of the shows as well as stands from schools and colleges.

There will also be a competition to find the UK’s next musical theatre star with a chance to perform on the main stage.

Layton Williams, the star of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie in the West End and on Broadway, said: “This is from us. For the fans. It’s a place you can come, be fabulous, be free, and be yourself.”

The new event is being organised by West End Musical Productions with the support of SOLT.

Emma De Souza, SOLT’s head of marketing and communications, said: “We are delighted to support this incredible convention which we look forward to becoming a staple of the West End’s annual events calendar, celebrating our world-leading theatre industry and its devoted audience.”

Tickets are on sale now at www.musicalcon.co.uk.

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