Since the 1660s Covent Garden has never missed a chance to put on a performance. The first record of Covent Garden street entertainment came in 1662, when Samuel Pepys’ diary notes that a marionette show featuring a character named Punch took place on the Piazza. Today, the custom continues.
All the world is a stage and none is more famous than the cobbles of Covent Garden.
For centuries, culture vultures have swooped on Covent Garden. They obviously relished the area’s eclectic, ever-changing mix or opera, ballet , musical theatre and drama, from highbrow and mainstream to fringe and beyond, all tastes are catered for and all emotion are stirred. No other urban quarter in the world has two great opera house and more than twenty thriving theatres.
You have to audition.
There will be a judging panel made up of representatives from the Courtyard Musicians Association, Street Performers Association & the Shaftesbury Capital Covent Garden Management Team
Each audition must last no longer than 3 minutes
These auditions are for performance slots in the North Hall, West Piazza and Courtyard
The North Hall and West Piazza pitch is predominantly for variety / circus acts with a structured show. Auditioning acts need to show a high degree of skill and the ability to build a rapport with the audience
The Courtyard pitch is for classical vocalists and instrumentalists. Vocalists should not be amplified although they can have a backing track
All auditioned performers will be contacted within one week of their audition in writing. They will receive feedback and confirmation of the audition result. All decisions are final
Please note there is no capacity for acoustic guitarists or singer/songwriters
We do not allow any wind instruments, brass instruments, electric guitars, drums, accordions, bagpipes or didgeridoos to be played here at Covent Garden
We are unable to supply electricity, all equipment must be battery powered
The next dates for auditions are as follows
If you are unsuccessful in your audition, try buskinlondon.com.
To perform on the street to the right of the tube station going towards The Market Building please contact Westminster Council or speak to one of the performers
Covent Garden South Wells is home to Classical Performances (filmed in 2019)
Rob Falsini singing a cover of Chasing Cars in Covent Garden
West Piazza Performance from 2019