West End Live 2020 postponed due to coronavirus crisis
West End Live 2020 has been postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
The annual free concert event takes place in the centre of London at Trafalgar Square.
This year’s show had been due to take place on Saturday, 20 June and Sunday, 21 June 2020.
However organisers have today (March 23) announced that the current coronavirus crisis has seen them delay the show.
A new date for West End Live in 2020 has yet to be confirmed.
In a statement, London’s Westminster City Council and the Society of London Theatre said: “In line with recent guidance from the Government over Covid-19, we have today taken the decision to postpone West End LIVE which was due to take place on the 20th and 21st of June.
“We understand how disappointing this news will be to you all but rest assured it is not a decision that has been taken lightly.
“However, the health advice is clear, so we felt it better to act now and ensure our loyal fan base – some of whom travel from far and wide – can plan accordingly.”
They added: “West End LIVE has established itself over the years as a highlight of the theatrical year. It is a unique event for a world capital and one that provides an introduction into the wider West End for tens of thousands of visitors who go on to enjoy shops, restaurants, and other attractions.”
“When the coronavirus pandemic lifts and London revives, West End LIVE will have an even more important role to play as a curtain raiser to the best of our fantastic West End. We look forward to being back bigger and better than ever before and as soon as we have dates to announce, you will be the first to know.
“Stay safe for now, and rest assured that at some point the show will go on!”
West End Live last year saw over 80,000 people in the capital enjoying over 10 hours of singing and dancing from more than 700 performers.
The free event features performances from West End musicals as well as some of musical theatre’s biggest names together with local schools and dance groups.
Past appearances have come from the casts of Wicked, Les Misérables, Six, The Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia and more.