Biggins enlists to lead West End Heroes gala

Christopher Biggins

The irrepressible Christopher Biggins has been announced as the larger-than-life host host for this year’s West End Heroes gala taking place at London’s Dominion Theatre.

The hugely popular star of musical theatre, screen comedies, panto dame extraordinaire, and one of Britain’s best-loved TV personalities, will be joined by West End & military stars for the charity event.

Last year’s phenomenally successful show, which saw the casts of many of the biggest West End musicals unite with the finest UK military bands and musicians in a stunning performance, raised nearly £80,000 for the Help For Heroes.

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 and Mamma Mia! Mazz Murray.

They will be joined by classical crossover sensation Charlotte Jaconelli, and recent Britain’s Got Talent magician extraordinaire 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, and a special performance by the Colchester Garrison Military Wives Choir.

West End Heroes producer David Pearson, and 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 an 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 takes place at Dominion Theatre, Tottenham Court Road on October 4. Tickets now on sale.

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