Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre is to stream an online concert celebrating the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein.
When theatres across the UK closed due to the Covid-19 outbreak, Hope Mill Theatre was forced to cancel its first in-house production of the year – Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.
Following the cancellation of this production, Hope Mill is producing a virtual concert featuring the duo’s songs from shows including Oklahoma, Carousel, South Pacific and Cinderella.
The concert will be pre-recorded and streamed on the venue’s YouTube channel and social media platforms at 7pm on April 26.
West End performers Maria Friedman, Louise Dearman and Sophie-Louise Dann are among those who will feature in the concert, alongside performers from past Hope Mill Theatre productions including Joel-Harper Jackson, Laura Harrison, Simbi Akande and Keith Jack.
Other cast members include Matthew Blaker, Julie Yammanee and Georgie Buckland, who were due to perform in the cancelled production of Cinderella.
The cast will perform their songs at home, which will be edited together to create a concert experience.
Hope Mill’s artistic director Joseph Houston, said: “It has been important for us as a venue to stay engaged with our wonderful and loyal audiences and supporters.
“Since closing we have had so much love and support from individuals and it has been the catalyst for us to continue to do what we know best and produce theatre, just in a very different way.
“We were so upset that we had to cancel our production of Cinderella as we had lined up the most incredible cast but we are thrilled that finally some of these talented performers will have the chance to be seen.”
The concert is free to watch, but Hope Mill Theatre will be launching a crowdfunding page to encourage donations to support the venue to reopen.