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Starter’s orders for West End Fun Run with Les Mis, Phantom and Kinky Boots

Cast members from The Play That Goes Wrong are taking part in the fun run
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Cast members from shows including Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera and Kinky Boots will take to the streets of London this week for a 5K charity run.

The money raised will be put towards building a theatre as part of the Tuloy Foundation in the Philippines, which provides care for disadvantaged children.

The West End Fun Run has been organised by Katy Osborne, who appears in Mamma Mia!, and was inspired to create the event to raise money for the street children of the Philippines after spending two weeks volunteering in Manila.

Osborne used musical theatre to teach children aged between eight and 18, and has previously organised a West End Sports Day to raise money for the Tuloy Foundation.

At the fun run on May 20 at 1pm, West End performers will run a route taking them past about 30 theatres. Each runner will wear a costume provided by another participant.

Cast members from shows including Beautiful, The Play That Goes Wrong and Jersey Boys will also take part, alongside Oliver Savile, who is currently playing Fiyero in Wicked.

He visited Tuloy in 2012 and said he was “excited to be running and raising money for this important cause”.

Osborne said she had never “seen such an incredible transformation” as that of the children she worked with in Manila, thanks to musical theatre.

“The confidence and excitement they had about the possibilities performing gave them was overwhelming,” she said, adding: “This needs to be part of their education. It’s integral.”

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