Greg Barnett hosts an evening of conversation and song – Monday Night at the Apollo, live on stage at the Apollo Theatre as well as live-streaming to audiences at home.

The first of three shows took place this week with guests Aimie Atkinson, Cassidy Janson, Lucie Jones, Cedric Neal and Julian Ovenden. Sitting on stage in a relaxed interview type setting, the guests took turns sharing stories about life and their song choices which they took turns to perform.

Aimie Atkinson and Cassidy Janson both really showed their wonderful vocal ranges in their performances, Lucie Jones was her usual hilarious self and Cedric Neal gave packed an emotional punch whilst giving amazing performances. I wasn’t familiar with Julian Ovenden before now but he came across as a lovely man with a great voice.

There were a few sounds issues with the live-stream with different levels between the performances and conversation, meaning I had to keep turning the volume up and down. There were also some moments when the sound cut out completely but these issues will hopefully be resolved before the next show. Overall, the fact the performance was streamed live, it was quite impressive, making it clear that this kind of thing is possible to do for theatre in future.

I couldn’t make it to the show in-person but wonderfully I was still able to watch the show at home. I really hope we don’t lose this way of bringing theatre into peoples homes as it makes it much more accessible for those who are unable to get to the West End. And if that means shows don’t run for as long in the West End because people have watched it online without having to come to London then maybe that’s ok – maybe shows don’t have to run for fifty years and maybe we can see a more frequent display of new and exciting live shows brought to the stage.

Monday Night At The Apollo continues on 14 June with Shan Ako, Arthur Darvill, Sophie Evans, Sandra Marvin, Oliver Tompsett and 5 July 2021 (performers TBC).


Reviewed by West End Wilma