The Theatre Channel is a brand-new web series showcasing well-known musical theatre classics – a unique hybrid of stage and screen. Performed by the cream of British and international musical theatre talent, each episode is staged and filmed with high production values on location at The Theatre Café in the heart of the West End, making full use of the whole space – from the bar seating area all the way up to the roof – and feature a mix of 5-6 standalone performances, ordinarily set in a café, bar or restaurant. Many of the performances are supported by the Café Four, a regular cast made up of other West End talents (Alyn Hawke, Emily Langham, Sadie-Jean Shirley and Alex Woodward).
The first episode – stars Tarinn Callender (singing On Broadway), Carrie Hope Fletcher and Oliver Ormson (singing Suddenly Seymour), Matt Henry (singing Let It Sing), Lucie Jones (singing Maybe This Time), Jenna Russell (singing Ladies Who Lunch) and Jodie Steele (singing Heaven On Their Minds).
The first episode is exquisitely filmed (by Ben Hewis) and has incredibly high production values. There is a nice mix of songs from the old to new and even some of the obscure! The interspersion of the Café Four to open the show, and provide backing vocals throughout is camp and fun and the performances are all incredible.
It is obvious that a show like this has taken careful time and planning to execute and doesn’t look like it has spared any expense to make it as perfect as possible, however asking viewers to pay £12 (per 25 minute episode) is on the extremely expensive side and I wonder if that may hinder these brilliant shows from getting the attention they deserve.
Next months Halloween Special features Linzi Hateley (singing When There Is No One from Carrie), Bradley Jaden and Sophie Isaacs (singing Life After Life from Dracula), Josh Piterman (singing The Confrontation from Jekyll and Hyde) and Aimie Atkinson.
Visit www.thetheatrecafe.co.uk/channel to purchase these shows.
Photo: Edward Johnson