Details have been announced for this year's West End Heroes which takes place at the Dominion Theatre on Sunday 4th October 2015.
West End Heroes sees West End performers uniting with UK military bands and musicians for one night only. Last year's event raised £78,243.01 for the Help For Heroes charity.
The gala will be presented by Christopher Biggins who will also treat the audience to several "top secret" song and dance numbers.
Biggins said: "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."
So far the confirmed line-up includes: Elf The Musical, Zoonation’s Into the Hoods, Bonnie Langford (EastEnders/Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Mazz Murray (Mamma Mia!/We Will Rock You), Charlotte Jaconelli (She Loves Me/Britain’s Got Talent) and Jamie Raven (The Illusionists/Britain’s Got Talent). The involvement of further 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.
David Pearson (Producer/Dominion'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."