Theatre discovery platform Thespie today announces a series of online theatre and arts events during
the month of February, highlighting the work of Black theatre artists. The initiative is inspired by Black
History Month (US) celebrations, but looks at theatre artists working today.
The programming kicks off with a free artist talk featuring cast members from the Leicester Curve
production of The Color Purple (10 Feb) and culminates with a streamed concert premiere supporting
Black Lives Matter UK.
The Road to Prominence celebrates Black musical theatre writers and composers, from the early
twentieth-century to today, including performances and interviews with leading UK theatre performers.
The filmed concert is directed by Dominic Powell whose musical Cases is featured in the concert,
alongside works such as The Wiz, The Color Purple, Ain't Misbehavin', and Shuffle Along. The cast
includes Zoe Birkett, Adrian Hansel, Waylon Jacobs, Aisha Jawando, Bobby Little, Maiya Quansah-Breed,
Alex Thomas-Smith and Andrew Patrick-Walker.
The Road to Prominence premieres on Friday, 26 February at 8PM GMT (3PM EST / 12PM PST) and will
be available to stream on-demand following their premieres, and purchasers will have 72 hours to view.
Tickets for each are £8/$10 per household with proceeds going to Black Lives Matter UK. £15/$25 and
£25/$30 tickets also available which include an extra donation.
Additionally, Thespie is running programming celebrating LGBT+ artists to coincide with LGBT+ history
month in the UK with the premiere of Break Free, an empowering musical celebration with LGBT+
theatre artists, sharing their personal journeys and performances of musical theatre and pop songs that
have inspired them.
For more information check our the links below
In the Room: The Color Purple: https://thespie.com/digital/in-the-room-the-color-purple/2886
Break Free: https://thespie.com/digital/break-free-thespie/2728
The Road to Prominence: https://thespie.com/digital/the-road-to-prominence-thespie/2727
Thespie (https://thespie.com) is a theatre discovery platform offering listings for theatre streaming,
theatre music audio, theatre eBooks, educational resources, live London theatre, theatre news, and
more. Audiences can use Thespie to stream more than 400 shows, or to discover over 1000 more shows
available on other popular platforms and services, such as Disney+, Amazon Prime, and Audible. Thespie
also produces original programming and its first production, The Reunion, sold tickets to over 3600
households in 65 countries.
Thespie's mission is to reinvent how people engage with theatre—increasing attendance/viewership,
while fostering a more direct, human connection between artists and audiences. Its vision is to be the
universal gateway to theatre and the arts, helping more people experience the performing arts and
develop a life-long connection with artforms, artists and arts communities.
Thespie is built and run by a team of theatre lovers with extensive tech and theatre credentials
(Amazon, Disney, ATG, Live Nation, Encore/TodayTix, National Theatre, Met Opera) and was founded
in 2019 by ex-Amazon, ex-Wharton arts entrepreneur Tyler Stoops.