Leave a Light On, the online concert series launched by Lambert Jackson Productions and The Theatre Café shortly after the coronavirus theatre lockdown began in London, will draw to a close on Friday 29 May 2020 at 6.30pm with a finale concert by Beverley Knight.
During lockdown since mid-March, Leave a Light On has become one of the biggest paid-for sources of theatrical entertainment in the country. By the end of the ten-week series, 72 artists will have performed 45-minute concerts from their homes, and by selling tickets to view at an average price of £7.50, over £30,000 will have been raised for those performers.
Other performers featured in the final fortnight include Miracle Chance, Katie Rowley Jones, Dave Willetts, Jarneia Richard-Noel, Adam Bailey, Scott Hunter, Joel Harper-Jackson and David O’Reilly.
Producers Jamie Lambert and Eliza Jackson said today:
“Theatre is the lifeblood of the UK. We have always believed this, and we are grateful to have worked with The Theatre Café to bring entertainment to households around the UK and the world in a way that has supported so many artists. We have been so moved by the responses from both the performers who wanted to be involved and the audience members who have supported the shows.
“It hasn’t been without difficulty – creating a streaming platform of this size during a lockdown isn’t easy, and we’d like to thank our amazing team at Gininet and all of the teams and the press who have supported this endeavour.
“We feel it’s a fitting end to the series to have Beverley Knight as the closing show, and we are going to continue working to see how we can play our part to help keep theatre alive for the foreseeable future.”
Lambert Jackson Productions and The Theatre Café have expressed gratitude to the artists involved for working hard to put on a wide variety of shows, and also the audiences who purchased tickets to keep theatre alive during “one of the most difficult and unprecedented times in history”.