For the first time ever in the UK, StageCon, a convention for theatre fans throughout the UK and Europe, will be held on 3 & 4 November at Shoreditch Town Hall in London. StageCon will present an exciting opportunity for theatre fans to come together to celebrate the magic of theatre. Visitors can enjoy a diverse programme of 100+ hours of events and performances from favourite artists, theatre makers and shows – from the West End to the Fringe and beyond.
StageCon represents 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. Those already confirmed to take part include 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.
Like New York’s successful theatre convention, BroadwayCon, the UK’s StageCon intends to establish itself as an annual event to promote and celebrate the wealth of talent that exists this side of the Atlantic.
Programming will include a range of live performances, sing-a-longs, discussions, cast reunions, panels, games, exclusive previews, workshops, meet and greets, and showcases. Stands sharing and selling a range of goods, merchandise and theatrical services will be housed within a ‘backstage 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. Shaftesbury Avenue staple The Theatre Café is confirmed to operate a pop-up out of Shoreditch Town Hall’s on-site café.
StageCon will be donating a portion of its profits to The Royal Theatrical Fund, which supports all who have worked professionally in the entertainment industry but have now fallen on hard times.