For the first time ever in the UK, StageCon – a major new convention for theatre fans throughout the UK and Europe – will be held at Shoreditch Town Hall, London, over the weekend of 3 & 4 November 2018.
Set to be the UK equivalent to New York City’s hugely successful ‘BroadwayCon’, StageCon will represent all aspects of theatre, from musicals to plays, opera to dance, and will include not just those on the stage, but those who make, shape and develop theatre.
The impressive line-up currently confirmed (subject to availability) includes: Christina Bennington, Cameron Blakely, Samantha Bond, Sharon D Clarke, Louise Dearman, Sophie Evans, Alice Fearn, Carrie Hope Fletcher, David Hunter, Debbie Kurrup, Scott Paige, Steph Parry, Stuart Matthew Price, Caroline Sheen, Cherrelle Skeete, Charlotte Wakefield and Michael Xavier.
The packed programme will include a range of live performances, sing-a-longs, discussions, cast reunions, panels, games, exclusive previews, workshops, meet and greets, and showcases. A ‘Village’ of stalls sharing and selling a range of goods, merchandise and theatrical services will be housed within a ‘back stage experience’ specially crafted in the basement of the venue. Vendors and exhibitors already confirmed include The National Theatre Bookshop, Zeat Art, SIMG Records, WhatsOnStage, The Royal Theatrical Fund, Theatrical Rights Worldwide and MX Academy.
Shoreditch Town Hall will be the official venue partner for StageCon and its beautiful 750-seat auditorium will serve as the convention’s ‘Main Stage’, with its other rooms transforming into workshop and panel spaces. The upper floor will be home to the meet and greets.
Shaftesbury Avenue staple The Theatre Café is confirmed to operate a pop-up out of Shoreditch Town Hall’s on-site café.
UK General Manager, James Yeoburn, said:
“StageCon presents a really exciting opportunity for fans from across the UK and the EU to come together in London to celebrate the magic of theatre. Those attending can expect to enjoy a diverse programme of 100+ hours of events and performances from everyone’s favourite artists, theatre makers and shows – from the West End to London’s Fringe and beyond.”
StageCon will be donating a portion of profits to The Royal Theatrical Fund (RTF), which supports all who have worked professionally in the entertainment industry but have now fallen on hard times.
RTF’s President, Robert Lindsay, said:
“We are all delighted that The Royal Theatrical Fund is the chosen charity for StageCon and are looking forward to being involved with this new and exciting opportunity for the theatre community. It is important that we let those in our industry know about the range of assistance we provide, including benefits advice and help with financial problems. We are a friendly and confidential first port of call for all involved in show business, not just performers.”
StageCon is presented in partnership with WhatsOnStage.
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