Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens | Make A Difference Trust

Tickets are now on sale for a West End revival of the song cycle Elegies For Angels, Punks and Raging Queens, taking place at the Criterion Theatre on Sunday 31 May 2015.

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Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens


raising funds for the Make A Difference Trust


Criterian Theatre

31st May 2015


More than 30 of the West End’s most talented performers will take to the stage for the special “one night only” performance in aid of The Make A Difference Trust, with direction by Stephen Whitson (interview here) and musical direction by Dean Austin.

Cast members

who are confirmed so far include:

Vivienne Acheampong

Simon Bailey

Paul Baker

Daniel Boys

Natalie Bush

James Charlton

Adam Colbeck Dunn

Michelle Crook

Fra Fee

Sarah French

Tom Gillies

Rachel Lee Gray

Victoria Hamilton-Barritt

Emma Hatton

Paul Hazel

Nick Hendrix

Graham Hoadly

Freddy Hutchins

Lauren Ingram

Kurt Kansley

Emma Kingston

Emma Lindars

Leon Lopez

Grace McKee

Matt McKenna

Ako Mitchell

Ursula Mohan

Katie Paine

Michael Pickering

Ella Marshall-Pinder

Kelly Price

Sophia Ragavelas

Grace Reynolds

Paul Riddiford

Joanna Riding

Oliver Saville

Adam Stafford

Alwyne Taylor

Izabella Urbanowicz

Miles Western

Emma Williams

Gary Wood

Matthew Wycliffe

All artist are subject to availability; further names to be announced

Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens has book and lyrics by Bill Russell and music by Janet Hood. The work features songs and monologues inspired by the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology. Each of the monologues is written from the perspective of characters who have died from AIDS and the songs represent the feelings of friends and family members dealing with the loss..

The piece was developed in the late 1980s and was originally titled “The Quilt.” It was produced first at the Ohio Theatre in Soho in NYC in 1989, where the new title was adopted. In 1992, it was produced at the King’s Head Theatre in London, where it played for several months. In June 1993, the production was transferred to the Criterion Theatre in London’s West End.

Bill Russell has adapted the piece over the years and has kindly given the producers the permission to be the first people to produce this “new version for the 21st century”.

All profits will go The Make a Difference Trust.

Originally founded as West End Cares in 1990 and later becoming Theatrecares, The Make A Difference Trust (www.madtrust.org.uk), raises funds for HIV and AIDS Projects that raise awareness and provide care, support and education in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.




Booking Information

Criterion Theatre, 218-223 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, London, W1V 9LB.

Sunday 31 May 2015 – TIME: 7.00pm (VIP Reception from 6.00pm)



£75 VIP Champagne Reception, £40, £30

Box Office

08448 471778 *

www.ticketmaster.co.uk *

Criterion Theatre Box Office

(* fees may apply)