WHY FAYE TOZER’S HISTORY OF THE WEST END?
British people love the theatre. More than fifteen million people saw a West End show in 2018 and there’s a steady growth in audience numbers year on year.
In 2020, things are different. The Covid-19 lockdown has kept people at home.
Faye Tozer’s History of the West End is here to help, bringing the magic of London’s theatre district into living rooms across the country.
Shows like Fosse/Verdon, Glee, Smash and Soundtrack are huge on Netflix and Amazon. ITV’s Royal Variety Performance attracts five million viewers every year.
Faye Tozer’s History of the West End combines the huge commercial appeal of these popular shows.
With unprecedented access to archive footage and behind-the-scenes images, Faye charts the history of London’s theatre district, from the earliest performances on Drury Lane through to the huge hits of the late twentieth century.
But this is much more than a chronology. It is a celebration of world class performers and musicians, and a tribute to the extraordinarily talented writers, composers, directors and the many other staff who’ve entertained us for centuries.
Presented by West End star Faye Tozer, the show features dazzling performances from some of the greatest actors, singers and dancers ever to tread the boards, as well as fascinating behind-the-scenes footage and interviews.
Faye Tozer has been a well-known face on British TV since 1997 when her band Steps first hit the charts. Since then she has performed on stage in London’s West End and countrywide in a variety of dramatic and musical roles, working with some of the biggest names in theatre. She was a runner up in the sixteenth series of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing alongside dance partner Giovanni Pernice, and she has appeared on numerous television programmes as a guest and participant. She is known for her love of musical theatre. In 2019, she took a starring role in the smash hit West End musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.
WHAT ABOUT THE VIRUS?
Yes, you CAN make television during Covid-19 restrictions.
This television series consists of archive footage, linked and narrated by Faye Tozer. Introductions to each episode will be filmed at Faye’s home. A portable sound booth will be used for all the voice over recordings. Editing of archive footage will be conducted by personnel working from home.
Faye’s musical performances will be recorded in her home studio.
Delivery of this series will be unaffected by Covid-19.
A TYPICAL SHOW
Faye introduces this edition’s time period and themes.
VT clips tease what’s to come in the show, including Faye’s performance of a huge show tune.
Faye picks up the history of the West End, moving on from the time period featured in the previous episode.
Every show is a mix of old and new, combining clips from the historical time line with archive film illustrating that week’s theme.
Themes: the greatest dancers, the most memorable child performers, the biggest songs, the top ten musicals, the audience’s favourite on-stage partnerships, the most controversial West End shows, reasons you should never work with animals, etc…
Each show will include archive interviews with some of the biggest stars in the history of the stage plus, every week Faye will sing the biggest song from the time period.
Of course, every edition of Faye Tozer’s History of the West End will have a big finish, featuring show-stoppers from the most famous names in musical theatre.