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Thomas and Friends Live! - Hammersmith Apollo

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THOMAS and Friends Live! On Stage will visit Hammersmith Apollo – from March 28 to March 30, 2008 – as part of a major UK tour.

The new 90-minute musical stage show stars Thomas and his engine friends Percy and Diesel, The Fat Controller and residents and engineers from the magical Island of Sodor.

It includes new railway-themed songs, as well as much loved classic sing-a-longs such as Roll Call and Good Morning, and tells the story of Thomas and his engine friends as they work together as “Really Useful Engines” to get the railway ready for Sodor’s Magic Lantern Festival.

Thomas and Friends Live! On Stage, which is presented by HIT Entertainment and ThemeSTAR, is a story about discovery, friendship and cooperation.

Thomas and Friends is a global phenomenon and one of the most popular and successful preschool properties in the world. The TV show is broadcast in over 140 territories around the world and, to date, over 200 million books and over 50 million DVDs have been sold. The Thomas and Friends website attracts 30 million hits a month and Europe’s first ThomasLand will open in the UK in March 2008. Over 500,000 people attend a Day Out with Thomas event each year.

Tickets: from £10.

NB: On March 28, 2008, there will be a charity gala performance of Thomas and Friends Live! On Stage at Hammersmith Apollo and the National Autistic Society (NAS) has a limited number of premium tickets. All proceeds will go to the NAS, the UK’s leading charity for people affected by autism.

Premium tickets are available on 020 7903 3648 or at www.autism.org.uk/thomastickets
Early booking is recommended.

Tickets for the 5pm show cost from £16 for a child ticket, £25 for an adult and £78 for a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children under 12). Premium charity gala tickets include one souvenir brochure per booking and a Thomas and Friends goodie bag per child.

Trevor Anderton, NAS Director of Fundraising, said: “A survey published by the NAS last year showed that many children with autism have a particularly strong, positive relationship with Thomas and Friends. We’re confident that this gala event will be extremely popular.”

And Chas Elliott, UK Producer, ThemeSTAR added: “We are all very excited about the gala performance, and honoured to be associated with such a worthwhile charity.”

This unique charity performance is one of 130 shows being held in 20 cities across the UK from March 6 to June 15, 2008.