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Christopher Biggins to host West End Heroes 2015

Christopher Biggins

IT HAS been announced that the popular entertainer Christopher Biggins will host this year’s West End Heroes, which takes place at the Dominion Theatre on Sunday, October 4.

Biggins will oversee proceedings and also perform in several big song and dance numbers that are being kept a secret until the night!

He said today: “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.”

West End Heroes will again unite the country’s top military musicians with even more West End performers and productions in a dazzling showcase of show-stopping numbers, unlikely song mash-ups and stunning choreography and precision drilling.

The West End casts of Elf The Musical and Zoonation’s Into the Hoods will join musical theatre and West End favourites Bonnie Langford, currently appearing in EastEnders as Carmel Kazemi, and Mazz Murray, currently starring in Mamma Mia!, who will be making special guest appearances.

They will be joined by classical crossover sensation Charlotte Jaconelli, and recent Britain’s Got Talent magician Jamie Raven.

The involvement of more West End casts will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

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 Army Air Corps and a Ceremonial Fanfare team, plus a special performance by the Colchester Garrison Military Wives Choir.

West End Heroes Producer David Pearson, the Dominion Theatre’s General Manager, said: “Last year we had 200 people performing on stage and a small army behind the scenes, most who worked for nothing on their day off. The money raised will again make a huge contribution to the amount needed for Help for Heroes to carry on their incredible work.”

There will again be performances 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.

Bryn Parry, Co-Founder and CEO of Help for Heroes said: “We’re thrilled to work with West End Heroes again in 2015 and look forward to another fantastic event at the same time as raising a significant amount of money to help our injured Servicemen and women and their families.”

West End Heroes will be directed by Tim Marshall (Festival of Remembrance, Royal Albert Hall), with musical direction by Squadron Leader Piers Morrell, Director of Music, RAF Central Band, musical supervision by Stuart Morley (We Will Rock You, Night of a 1000 Stars), choreography by Matt Flint (So You Think You Can Dance, Strictly Come Dancing) and design by Tim Soden (The Lion King, Calendar Girls). Assistant director is Carole Todd (Carnaby Street, Dreamboats and Petticoats).

Tickets: From £32.50. VIP Packages are available and they include pre-show reception, premium seat and access to the concert after-party. To book visit www.dominiontheatre.com/theatre/west-end-heroes/.

Time: 7.30pm.

NB: Last year’s show raised £78,243.01 for the Help For Heroes charity.

Read more about Help For Heroes.