Actor and panto veteran Christopher Biggins has launched the 2015 West End Heroes gala concert in style.
Dressed as an RAF service woman – just one of the ‘characters’ he’ll play on the night in several big song and dance numbers at the Dominion Theatre – he promised a night of surprises, fun and jollity, and some rather special flying sequences, at the West End Heroes gala concert, to be held at 7.30pm on Sunday 4th October 2015 in aid of Help For Heroes – look out for From the Front Row’s coverage on the night!
Last year the casts of many of the biggest West End musicals united with the finest UK military bands and musicians in a stunning performance that raised £78,243.01 for the Help For Heroes charity.
Biggins said: ‘I’m delighted to be able to give my support to West End Heroes by hosting what I know will be a marvellous evening, with some wonderful surprises. It’s a wonderful way for the West End to show their appreciation for all that our lovely service folk do for us and to support such a worthy charity.’
Confirmed to appear are the West End casts of Elf The Musical, Phantom of the Opera and Memphis. With appearances from Ben Forster, Bradley Jaden, Celinde Schoenmaker, Charlotte Jaconelli, El Ocho, Jamie Raven, Jessica Martin, Joe McGann, John Owen Jones, Jon Robyns, Kimberley Walsh, Maurillia Simpson, Mazz Murray and Rachel John completing the line-up for what is set to be a dazzling evening of show-stopping numbers, unlikely song mash-ups and stunning choreography.
Returning to form the centrepiece of the gala and under the baton of Squadron Leader Piers Morrell, will be The Central Band of the Royal Air Force, which is widely regarded as one of the finest military bands in the UK and incorporates the celebrated RAF Squadronaires Big Band. There will also be support from The Band of HM Royal Marines, The Band of The Queen’s Division and Ceremonial Fanfares, plus a performance by Colchester Garrision Military Wives Choir.
West End Heroes will once again be generously supported by many TV and theatre stars and will feature line-ups from current and past West End shows. There will also be a performance from the West End Heroes Choir – made up of people working behind the scenes in the West End – led by Stuart Morley and the West End Heroes Dancers, led by Matt Flint.
The West End Heroes gala concert will be held on Sunday 4th October at 7.30pm at the Dominion Theatre in London. Tickets start from £32.50 each.
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