Company members from the West End production of The Phantom Of the Opera have raised almost £12,000 for MacMillan Cancer Care by cycling more than 385km - in between shows - from central London all the way to the steps of the Paris Opera House (where the Phantom’s story is set) in jut 28 hours!
In memory of the late long serving Les Miserables wig mistress Melanie Oakley-Dow, who died in 2013, and Phantom wardrobe assistant Paula MacIntosh, (who died last week, just six weeks after being diagnosed with breast cancer), The Great Phantom Cross Channel Charity Cycle, saw company members Ryan O’Gorman (Swing), Tim Laurenti (LeFevre), Tim Morgan (Don Atillio), Richard Munday (understudy Raoul) and trumpeter Simon Cheney saddle and wrap up against the elements on an overnight cycle ride – departing after the second show on Saturday 9th May.
Exhausted form their epic journey, which saw the cyclists arrive in Paris at 03:00, having travelled through intense thick fog, mountainous terrain, 75% head wind and (severe chaffing!), all five riders were back at work at Her Majesty’s Theatre for the 19:30 show on Monday evening.
Managed by Kieran Brown (understudy Phantom), their JustGiving page ‘Room 108’ was originally set for a target of £5,000; however, over £11,000 has now been raised.
Visit www.justgiving.com/PhantomCharityCycle to donate.