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Children of Eden Charity Gala

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

A SPECTACULAR, star-studded charity gala of the Biblical-inspired musical Children of Eden, by Stephen Schwartz and John Caird, will take place at the Prince of Wales Theatre on Sunday, January 29, 2012.

The concert is being staged to raise awareness of the chronic and debilitating condition, Crohn’s disease, and all proceeds will be donated to Crohn’s Colitis UK.

Children of Eden will be performed by a company of 75 and will feature stars from both the West End and television, among them Oliver Thornton, Anton Stephans, Emma Barton, Gareth Gates, Brenda Edwards, Lauren Samuels, Waylon Jacobs and John Wilding.

The evening will be closed by special guest Kerry Ellis.

A joyous and inspirational musical about parents, children and faith, Children of Eden had its world premiere at the Prince Edward Theatre on January 8, 1991.

Freely based on the story of Genesis, it is a frank, heartfelt and often humorous examination of the age-old conflict between parents and children. It delivers a bittersweet but inspiring message: that the hardest part of love is letting go.

Children of Eden will be directed by Drew Baker and have musical supervision and direction by James Draisey, set and lighting design by Ben Rogers and choreography by Lizzie Gee.

Academy and Grammy Award-winning Stephen Schwartz is best known for the music and lyrics for Wicked, Pippin and The Baker’s Wife and the score to Godspell. For films, he collaborated with Alan Menken on the songs for Disney’s Enchanted, as well as the animated features Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He also wrote the songs for the DreamWorks animated feature The Prince of Egypt.

John Caird, an Honorary Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, is best known for his adaptation and direction (with Trevor Nunn) of the original London production of Les Miserables.

Tickets: from £30 – available from the box office on 0844 482 5116 or online at

Time: 7pm.

Children of Eden Gallery