From the West End and concerts to book tours and live shows, many of our favourite YouTubers have left the comfort of their bedrooms to take on the big stage.
For many creators, YouTube has been a place to share their interests and connect with viewers. It’s allowed them to grow dedicated and supportive audiences who push them to strive for their dreams, and has been the gateway to them sharing their passions with those beyond the YouTube community.
Over the years, we’ve watched as many of our faves have chosen to take the leap to stages across the country (and around the world), and the results have been pretty spectacular. So spectacular, in fact, that we’ve decided to highlight a handful of the creators who have pushed their stage fright aside in order to make their mark on the big stage.
Carrie Hope Fletcher
From a young age, Carrie Hope Fletcher has had an interest in performing on the West End, appearing in shows throughout her life. Most recently, she’s appeared as Éponine in Les Misérables, Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family. Carrie’s incredible voice and acting ability have made her a staple in the West End scene, and we can’t wait to see what roles she takes on next!
Dan and Phil – The Amazing Tour Is Not On Fire
Easily one of the most anticipated live show experiences of 2015 and 2016 was Daniel Howell and Phil Lester‘s The Amazing Tour Is Not On Fire. The tour saw Dan and Phil tour not only the UK and Ireland, but also America and Australia, even stopping in Stockholm! Oh, and did we mention it also became a movie on YouTube Red? For Phandom members around the world, TATINOF was their chance to get up close and personal with their faves, and it was without doubt a tour to remember.
Now, if only they’d get back out on the road…
Emma Blackery – Magnetised tour
Earlier this year, Emma Blackery released her new EP Magnetised and immediately embarked on a supporting tour. The tour saw Emma killing it night after night, and not only did it bring about the iconic “daddy’s girl” chant, but also allowed her to fulfill a childhood dream: playing the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire. To say we were proud would be an understatement, and we can’t wait for her to get back out on tour and rock the stage again!
Suli Breaks – Not A Role Model tour
Being one of the best spoken word artists in the UK, it’s no surprise Suli Breaks would take his genius on the road with his Not A Role Model tour. Stopping at four universities across the country, the tour featured Suli taking the audience on a journey that had them clapping, gasping, and even crying! By bringing his impactful and meaningful words to a live audience, Suli was able to not only build a closer relationship with his audience, but leave them pondering the question: what does it mean to be a role model?
The RH Experience
Those looking for a dose of comedy need look no further than The RH Experience. Conor Jatter, Dan Attfield, Luke Spillane, and Tom Webster are known for continuously bringing the laughs on YouTube, but did you know you can experience their comedy firsthand? The group are constantly putting on shows throughout the UK, so be sure to catch the next one in your area!
dodie – Intertwined tour
She’s currently out rocking it on her second headlining tour, but earlier this year dodie was sharing her music on the Intertwined tour! Each night, Dodie took to the stage to wow audiences with her singing talent and quirky personality. Whilst we loved seeing one of our faves finally being able to share her music across the country, our favourite thing was the continuous love radiating from the audience night after night. Dodie definitely has one of the most caring fanbases around!
Rose and Rosie – Exposed tour
Throughout 2017, Rose Dix and Rosie Spaughton have been bringing audiences their Exposed tour. From dates in the UK to ones in America and Canada, the pair have been bringing viewers an up-close and personal view of both themselves and their videos. We were lucky enough to attend their show in London this past April, and everything from the “wheel of wonders” to the discussion of fanfiction made it a night – and tour – to remember!
Mawaan Rizwan – Cinderella panto
He’s known on YouTube for his comedic (and hilarious!) characters, so does it come as any surprise that Mawaan Rizwan has appeared on the panto circuit? We don’t know how he found the time, given how often we see him travelling the country putting on comedy shows, but somehow he did, appearing in the 2015-2016 production of Cinderella in Dunstable. His performance in the show brought about whirlwinds of laughter and his ability to connect to his character appeared almost effortless.
Hey, Mawaan, how about giving us some acting lessons? We could sure use some!
Hannah Witton – Doing It tour
Upon the release of her book Doing It, Hannah Witton embarked on a supporting tour. Bringing along Lucy Moon, the show was all about… well, exactly what it says in the name: doing it! We were able to attend her show in London, where we were taught the proper way to put a condom on a banana, how to utilise emojis to their fullest potential when texting someone we like, and who Hannah’s perfect guy is. (Spoiler: it’s Lucy dressed up in an oversized sweatshirt and sweatpants.)
If only every book tour was like this!
Louise Pentland – LouiseLIVE
In 2015 and 2016, Louise Pentland toured the UK with a one-woman show called LouiseLIVE. Featuring Louise sharing personal anecdotes and stories with the audience, the shows were an intimate experience that allowed viewers to get to know Louise on a more personal level. With doses of comedy and self-empowerment sprinkled throughout (get it?), LouiseLIVE was definitely a highlight, which is why we’re glad it was released on DVD for us to relive it again and again. (And again and again and again.)
Can we relive these events now, please?
Seriously, how is it that our faves are so talented and fearless?! If you told us to go up on stage and entertain an audience, we’d most likely throw up in fear… There’s a reason why we’ve stuck to writing! We hope our list allowed you to relive the excitement of all the events mentioned, and here’s to our faves gracing the stage again in the future!
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