The concert will star West End and Broadway leading man, Alistair Brammer (Wicked, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables) and local West End star Raymond Walsh (Les Miserables, Finian’s Rainbow).
Running for two socially distanced performances on December 11 at 5.30pm and 8.30pm, the concert will feature a variety of songs from hit musicals such as Les Mis and Miss Saigon, along with some festive favourites.
Raymond and Alistair will be joined by a very special guest, Belfast ‘Songbird’ Jolene O’Hara, and students from the JH Academy of Theatre Arts, as well as a six-piece band led by musical director, Matthew Campbell.
The venue will be completely Covid compliant, with all safety regulations taken to mitigate risks. Capacity has been reduced to 200 for each performance, with temperature checks and sanitizer provided throughout the venue.
“I decided that I needed to do something creative during the pandemic, ideally to bring some positivity before Christmas,” explained Raymond. “With help from the Arts Council of NI, I launched Theatrical Belfast with the idea of bringing some of the biggest names in theatre to perform in Belfast. When Alistair mentioned to me that he would be keen to get involved I jumped at the chance to produce this show with him, even at a heavily reduced capacity.”
Alistair added: “I am so thrilled to be making my Northern Ireland concert debut, and at a beautiful venue like St Anne’s Cathedral. I know that now is an especially tough time for everyone so when Raymond asked me to be involved, I saw it as an opportunity to spread a little much needed Christmas cheer, and also to sing, something I’ve not been able to do for a while. We’ve chosen some belting songs and are pleased to be supported by the students of the JH Academy of Theatre Arts. I think it’s going to be a really special concert.”
Tickets are now on sale at www.ticketsource.com/theatricalbelfast and can be booked as groups of two to six people.