Curtains, starring Jason Manford, is to be streamed online to raise money for a fund aimed at helping freelances.
The Kander and Ebb musical, also starring Rebecca Lock, opened on tour in October last year and played in the West End over Christmas.
Producers have now announced a filmed version will be streamed online on April 14, costing £7.50 to watch. All profits will go towards Funds for Freelancers, an initiative established to raise money for those in the theatre industry on zero-hour contracts.
Paul Taylor-Mills, who is behind the fund, said: “A few weeks ago I woke up and like many, felt so helpless as I heard stories of those within the theatre community struggle. I threw caution to the wind and set up a fund with a primary ambition to get funds to as many people as possible as quickly as possible. So far, we have allocated over £50,000 to those who are in need.”
He added: “Thanks to DLAP Entertainment you can now watch their production of Curtains and know that all of the profits will be going to the Funds For Freelancers cause. I’m so grateful to them for doing this and that I’ll get to see this show. I’m always overwhelmed by the resilience of the theatre community and truly humbled that the streaming of this show will help so many people at a time that they need it most.”
Prior to the streamed performance, at 7.30pm, the producers will share “inspiring video messages” from theatre fans.
The production is directed by Paul Foster, with choreography by Alistair David.
The producing team is made up of Dan Looney, Adam Paulden and Jason Haigh-Ellery for DLAP Entertainment, alongside Sally Horchow and Roger Horchow.