Leading musical stars return to the stage for our Future Theatre Fund

Leading musical stars return to the stage for our Future Theatre Fund
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est Stop stars Aimie Atkinson and Layton Williams said they are delighted to be back again on phase hosting the Night Standard’s Potential Theatre Fund in affiliation with TikTok and in partnership with the National Youth Theatre.

The pair will return to the West Conclusion next 7 days for the virtual ceremony at the Apollo Theatre. They will announce the recipients benefiting from the six-figure fund to assist the subsequent technology of theatre stars struggling underneath the impact of Covid-19.

Williams reported heading back again to the Apollo, where he starred as the title character in hit musical Everybody’s Speaking About Jamie, was “fabulous”. He stated: “I appreciate what the celebration stands for and am honoured to be going back again to the Apollo just after such a extended time.”

Atkinson, who starred in the hit clearly show Six and was participating in the lead in Rather Woman: The Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre when the West Finish shut, stated co-hosting the demonstrate would be like “living my standard life again”.

Theatrical heavyweights including award-profitable actress Helen McCrory, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Young Vic manager Kwame Kwei-Armah are on the panel which decides who gets the 12 grants of £10,000 just about every.

Helen McCrory is on our Potential Theatre Fund panel

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The fund was released in response to the devastating influence of the pandemic on the resourceful industries, which led to this newspaper’s once-a-year Theatre Awards being cancelled. Grants will be awarded to 10 the latest graduates from the UK’s major drama educational institutions and nominees from theatre programmes functioning throughout unique disciplines.

Two other promising candidates have also been picked for a TikTok Breakout Star Award — the to start with of its sort to give funding to those who may well not have received formal education in drama to commence their occupation in theatre. Every single recipient undergoes a demanding range system led by the panel, which also consists of Nancy Durrant, arts editor of the Night Standard, Abundant Waterworth, normal manager of TikTok British isles and Paul Roseby, creative director of the Nationwide Youth Theatre.

As well as the £10,000,  every single receiver will also be presented mentoring to enable their professions development.

Atkinson mentioned it was an “amazing initiative”, introducing: “It’s so required. I’m regularly contemplating about all these graduates who have just arrive out of school into this pandemic and how tricky and how tough that will have to be so it’s remarkable the Evening Typical, TikTok and the Countrywide Youth Theatre and all these people today have appear alongside one another to assist out this emerging expertise that requirements nurturing in this time.

“I genuinely really feel for them, it is a essential time when you arrive out of drama faculty. That first calendar year you appear out you’ve used £30,000 on school, you put all that effort in and that initially 12 months in typical moments it is truly hard acquiring that 1st position and finding your foot in the doorway. I keep considering about these men and women and they’ve accomplished all this remarkable instruction and then they are thrown out into this pandemic globe.”

The virtual function, which will be proven on the internet at 7pm on Wednesday, involves performances by Williams and his Jamie co-star Noah Thomas as properly as Sam Tutty from Pricey Evan Hansen, the cast of Six and Grad Fest, which helps the latest drama learners get into the business.

The Evening Standard Foreseeable future Theatre Fund, in affiliation with TikTok and in partnership with the National Youth Theatre, supports emerging talent in British theatre. Watch stay as our hosts Aimie Atkinson and Layton Williams reveal the 12 recipients on March 3 at 7pm at standard.co.united kingdom/futuretheatrefund

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