Thursday, 7 July 2016

Details confirmed for 2016 Les Mis v Phantom

Charity football match Les Misérables V The Phantom Of The Opera is returning for 'The Decider'. 

Having each won two matches in recent years, the two titans of the West End will battle it out for the title of Ultimate Champions at Bromley Football Club on Sunday 7th August 2016.

Raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support and the road safety charity Brake, the West End teams will be joined on the day by celebrities and professional footballers. The afternoon will open with a concert at 1.30pm, with performances from West End and Broadway stars including Daniel Boys, Fallen Angels, Kerry Ellis, Rob Houchen, Lucie Jones, Eva Noblezada, Lauren Samuels and VOX. 

The match kicks off at 3.00pm. Les Mis will be managed by England U21 manager Gareth Southgate, whilst the Phantom team will be coached by England Ladies manager Mark Sampson. 

Alongside the West End performers and backstage crews, famous players in the match will include Hollyoaks stars Danny Mac and Ayden Callaghan, X Factor winner Sam Bailey, actor Ralf Little, TV presenter Matt Johnson, CBeebies host Andy Day and ex-professional footballers Paul Jones and Paul McVeigh.

Radio 5 Live and BBC TV pundit Mark Clemmit will also be there to bring a lively pitch-side commentary throughout the day. 

Les Mis v Phantom has raised over £80,000 for charitysince it began. Five years ago, Melanie Oakley-Dow, the wig mistress at Les Misérables was diagnosed with cancer. The match between the two musicals was set up by Chris Key to support her and raise money for her chosen charity: Macmillan Cancer Support. Sadly, Melanie passed away in 2014, so the day is now held in her memory and a share of the money raised will go to Macmillan to help ensure that nobody faces cancer alone. 

A donation will also be made to Brake, the road safety charity. Brake has been chosen as one of the nominated charities this year because of one star’s personal connection with the charity. Jonny Purchase, currently performing as Feuilly in Les Miserables, tragically lost his dad in a road crash. 

Jonny said: "I lost my father in a motorcycle crash in 2002 and Brake did tremendous work for our family, helping and supporting us through that difficult time. The work Brake undertakes is so important in helping those who have been involved or have had loved ones involved in road traffic crashes."

The day promises to be a fun day out for all the family with face painting, bouncy castle, stalls and a raffle, as well as food and drink. For tickets, which range from £5 - £35 (£35 VIP tickets include access to a reserved seating area, private bar and the opportunity to meet and mingle with the players), visit

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