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Joining the list of Brit School alumni is London-based singer/ songwriter and guitarist Shan Ako. Drawing on influences from soul, gospel, pop, R&B, jazz, folk and reggae, Shan began releasing self-produced music as a teenager, writing lyrics to provide inspiration to young people.

After gaining a degree in Music Business and winning the Project Aloft: Star for emerging artists, run by Starwood Hotel Group and BBC Radio 1, Shan went on tour across the UK and Europe, playing the lead role in Whitney – Queen of the Night.

In 2019 Shan played the role of Eponine in the critically acclaimed All Star Staged Concert of Les Misérables, going on to play Eponine in the new production of Les Mis at the Sondheim Theatre in London’s West End, for which she won Best Performer in a Musical at The Stage Debut Awards.

Shan is actively engaged in her local community and church and is a passionate supporter for mental health and well-being.


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West End Revival, 2021

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West End Staged Concert Revival, 2021

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Isobel Thom and Elan Davies to Host The Stage Awards 2024

The Stage has revealed the hosts of The Stage Awards 2024, in association with Tysers Live.

STEPHEN SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS Cast Recording Starring Helena Bonham Carter, Bernadette Peters- Out This Week

Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends: A Celebration (Live at the Sondheim Theatre) will be available as a 2-disc CD set and digital and streaming formats on Friday, December 8.

LES MISERABLES and HAMILTON Extend Booking Until 28 September 2024

LES MISÉRABLES at the Sondheim Theatre and HAMILTON at the Victoria Palace Theatre both announce today booking extensions until Saturday 28 September 2024. Find out how to get tickets to these iconic musicals here!

Photos: First Look at All-New Photos From HAMILTON in London

All new production photos have been released for the London production of HAMILTON. Check out the photos here!

The Stage Debut Awards 2023 Sets Date and Venue

The Stage Debut Awards will take place on October 1 2023, uniting the previous 12 month’s most exciting and up-coming performers and creatives in a special ceremony celebrating their outstanding professional debuts.

Declan Spaine and More Join the Cast of HAMILTON in the West End

New casting has been announced for Hamilton in the West End, who will have their first performance at the Victoria Palace Theatre on 19 June 2023 where tickets are currently on sale to 2 March 2024.

West End Production Of HAMILTON Extends Booking To September 2023

Booking is extending for Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre to Saturday 30 September 2023. 

'This is only the beginning!' West End Winners Announced for The Stage Debut Awards 2022

After a virtual ceremony in 2020 and a pandemic-induced silence in 2021, The Stage Debut Awards have finally returned in all their glitz and glamour the day before the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. Stage veterans and shooting starlets gathered to celebrate their debuts and, after a nationwide minute of silence at eight sharp, Susan Wokoma kicked off the festivities.

Susan Wokoma Announced as Host of The Stage Debut Awards 2022 Alongside Presenters and Performers

BAFTA Award-winning actor Susan Wokoma has been announced as the host of The Stage Debut Awards 2022, in association with Ambassador Theatre Group. The Stage Debut Awards celebrate the very best breakthrough talent in theatre, from actors and directors to designers, writers, composers and lyricists, all of whom have made their professional debuts in the past two years.

Photos: West End Production of HAMILTON Extends Booking to March 2023; Plus New Production Photos Released!

Hamilton has announced that booking is extending at the Victoria Palace Theatre to 3 March 2023.  In addition, the first of new production images have been released.

New Cast Announced For HAMILTON in London

Jeffrey Seller and Cameron Mackintosh, producers of the West End production of Lin-Manuel Miranda's HAMILTON, have announced new casting for the show who will have their first performance at the Victoria Palace Theatre on 21 June 2022 where tickets are currently on sale to 1 October 2022.

VIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals for SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS Starring Michael Ball, Hannah Waddingham, Judi Dench & More

Cameron Mackintosh has invited Stephen Sondheim’s old friends to join him in celebrating his extraordinary talents and legacy at the Sondheim Theatre which was recently gloriously rebuilt in Sondheim’s honour and thanks the cast and company and everyone involved for agreeing to a special screening which will allow over 2,500 to see the performance.

West End Stars Bring Valentines Musical to the Lyric Theatre Next Month

The biggest stars from London's West End will be celebrating Valentine's Day with the greatest love songs of musical theatre for one night only at West End Musical Love Songs.  This all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza is brought to you by the award-winning producers (Black British Theatre Awards, Best Producer 2021 and Best Musical Production 2021) of West End Musical Brunch, West End Musical Drive In, West End Musical Celebration and West End Musical Christmas.  

BWW Interview: Lucie Jones Discusses Her Headline Christmas Shows

Lucie Jones has just finished a marathon stint playing Jenna Hunterson, most recently in the UK Tour of Waitress. She has hung up her apron and will perform two exclusive headline Christmas shows, Lucie Jones at Christmas, in Cardiff and London on 13 and 14 December, respectively. We spoke with Jones about Waitress, Les Mis, Christmas, and taking on the role of Elphaba in 2022.

Additional Performance Of AN EVENING WITH BARLOW & BEAR Announced

Following phenomenal demand, an additional performance of AN EVENING WITH BARLOW AND BEAR at the Underbelly Speigeltent, Leicester Square has been added on Monday 22 November at 9.15pm, following the sold out 7.30pm performance. to Present WAITING IN THE WINGS, LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER and More have put over one hundred performances on sale with 8 exclusive new titles and even more to be announced in the coming weeks. 

Photos: Jon Robyns, Bradley Jaden, Lucie Jones and More Star in LES MISERABLES- The Staged Concert

Les Misérables -The Staged Concert made its return to the Sondheim Theatre on 20 May 2021! The principal cast of Les Miserables features Jon Robyns as Jean Valjean, Bradley Jaden as Javert, Lucie Jones as Fantine, and more.

VIDEO: Lucie Jones Gets Ready to Bring LES MISERABLES Back to the Stage!

Les Misérables -The Staged Concert made its triumphant return to the Sondheim Theatre just last night on 20 May. Ahead of the big night, BroadwayWorld's Tom Hayden Millward checked in with Fantine- Lucie Jones. Following the  run, Jones will star as Jenna in the UK Tour of Waitress, which kicks off at the New Wimbledon Theatre on 4 September 2021.

Social Roundup: Fans Attend the Re-Opening of LES MISERABLES - THE STAGED CONCERT

 Les Miserables - The Staged Concert returned to the stage last night, 20 May. Theatre fans have been so excited to get back to the theatre, and have shown their love for the show on social media.

VIDEO: LES MISERABLES- The Staged Concert Returns to the West End!

Les Misérables -The Staged Concert made its triumphant return to the Sondheim Theatre on 20 May 2021!


Shan Ako has not appeared on Broadway.

Shan Ako has appeared on London's West End in 2 shows.

Shan Ako's first West End show was Les Miserables Staged Concert Revival which opened in 2021

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