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Latest on Musical Theatre Charity Gala at Apollo Victoria Theatre

The Apollo Victoria Theatre is coming up for its 80th birthday, and on Sunday 10th October they will be presenting a special Gala featuring the cast of  Wicked (past and present including Lee Mead and Oliver Tompsett), a special reunion of performers from Starlight Express (which ran there for a number of years) and a host of other West End musical theatre stars.

These will  include Sharon D Clarke (original Killer Queen in We Will Rock You and shortly to appear in Ghost), members of the original casts of Saturday Night Fever, Bombay Dreams and Movin’ Out, the Jersey Boys (Franki Valli appeared there), Patina Miller from Sister Act, Topol (reprising his role of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof), Frances Ruffelle (original Dinah in Starlight Express) and  The Divas from Priscilla Queen of the Desert playing the Supremes (Diana Ross appeared there).

In the audience will be some very special guests who have close connections with the theatre’s musical past including Andrew Lloyd Webber, Arlene Phillips, Meera Syal and Max Clifford.

The Apollo Victoria will be transformed from its usual Green. Act One will be a tribute to the artists who have played the venue, with Act Two focusing on the musicals which have played there, ending with Wicked. 

The concert has been created by Wicked’s UK Associate Director, Petra Siniawski and UK Dance Supervisor, Adam Murray.  It will be a showcase of songs which have been performed on the Apollo Victoria’s stage over its 80 years and all excess proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Cancer Research UK. There will also be a raffle in support of the Entertainment Artiste’s Benevolent Fund on the evening itself.

The Gala Performance will be the grand finale of a day of celebrations when the theatre will be opened to the public for talks, tours and an exhibition illustrating the building’s varied and fascinating story.

Tickets for the Gala Performance can be obtained from the theatre box office, Ticketmaster online and by telephone on 0844 847 2288. Ticket prices from £15 to £60 all profits from ticket sales will be donated to Cancer Research UK.

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