West End casts to compete in third Les Mis V Phantom charity match
Cast members from the West End productions of Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera will take to the football pitch next month, for the third Les Mis V Phantom charity match.
The game will take place at Bromley Football Club on August 3, and will also feature guest celebrity players, including Ralf Little. Ex professional footballers including Robbie Savage and Rob Lee will also take part.
On the day, performances will also be given from Geronimo Rauch, the current Phantom in the West End show, as well as Carrie Hope Fletcher and Lucie Jones.
The match has been organised by Les Miserables’ resident director Chris Key, and will be played in honour of Melanie Oakley-Dow, who was head of wigs on Les Miserables for 28 years. She died last year following a 10-year battle with cancer.
Each year, the game raises money for a different charity. This year’s is Cardiac Risk in the Young. It was chosen because Key has a close family friend whose brother died from an unknown heart defect aged 11.
In 2012, the game raised £12,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, Oakley-Dow’s chosen charity, while in 2013 the chosen charity was Great Ormond Street Hospital. More than £24,000 was raised for the hospital as a result.
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