Tag: Charity

Aladdin | Pavilion Theatre Worthing | Review

Aladdin Worthing Pavilion Theatre running until 1 January 2019 Tickets here   Aladdin, Pavilion Theatre Worthing.   Worthing stages again a sure-fire hit this year with its fastest-ever selling Christmas show Aladdin, working for the fourth year with seasoned Panto producers Paul Holman Associates and the local Northbrook MET college to produce some amazing artwork […]

Birdsong theatregoers raise nearly £3000 for SSAFA

Birdsong Churchill Theatre Bromley   Generous theatregoers who came to the touring production of Sebastian Faulks’ ‘Birdsong’ at Churchill Theatre this May have raised an impressive £2777.80 for SSAFA – The Armed Forces Charity. Donations were collected after each show during its week-long run at the Churchill Theatre, following a few words about the charity […]

Snow White News – Worthing Theatres

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs set to bring pantomime magic to Worthing Theatres this Christmas starring the one and only Chesney Hawkes After breaking pantomime box office records for the last two years, Worthing Theatres are collaborating with Paul Holman Associates again this Christmas to bring Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to the Pavilion Theatre […]

Firebird | Trafalgar Studios

Trafalgar Studios | until Saturday 19th March 2016 Firebird by Phil Davies ‘Hampstead Downstairs at the Trafalgar Studios’ continues with Phil Davies’ debut play Firebird, Phil Davies’ debut play Firebird, directed by Hampstead’s Artistic Director Edward Hall, will open at the Trafalgar Studios in the New Year. This searing new thriller movingly illustrates how easily […]

Grand Opera in aid of Mencap | Brighton Centre

The Brighton Centre | 19th December 2015

Top singers in British Opera unite

for Grand Opera to raise funds for Mencap in Brighton


Tickets now on sale for a one-off evening at the Brighton Centre on 19 December 2015

Acclaimed bass-baritone, Henry Waddington, leads a cast of some of the top singers in British Opera in an evening of Grand Opera with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra conducted by Stuart Stratford on Saturday 19th December 2015.

The Brighton Centre will play host to this spectacular one-off evening which celebrates the grand tradition of opera as a universal language with the power to make us laugh, cry and better understand our world. Expect some of opera’s most loved arias, duets, and set pieces, including a few festive surprises along the way. Every ticket sold for this special event will help us continue our vital work supporting people with a learning disability, their families and carers.

The Royal Mencap Society Present’s Grand Opera Gala’s stellar cast already includes stars of the British Opera including:


Giselle Allen, Yvonne Howard, Jeni Bern, Jenni France,Natasha Marsh,

Gillian Ramm Kate Valentine


Carolyn Dobbin, Vicky Simmonds, Sarah Pring,Gaynor Keeble, Leigh Woolf


Chris Turner, Rob Murray, John Graham-Hall, Jeff Lloyd Roberts.

David Butt Philip, Nicholas Sherratt,


Henry Waddington, David Kempster, Christopher Maltman,

Bradley Travis, Grant Doyle, BrindleySherratt, Richard Wiegold

Production: Paule Constable,(Tony and Laurence Olivier Award winning lighting designer)

The event is directed and programmed by acclaimed bass-baritone Henry Waddington. The event has been organised by an events committee that includes Opera lover, Neil Pollington, who has a learning disability and is supported by Mencap.

“I am so pleased to have been able to help organise and take part in this event for Mencap. I was quite overwhelmed at how many of my friends and colleagues were willing to give up their spare time to take part. It promises to be a wonderful evening of music making and a celebration of British Opera talent and all for such a worthy cause”. Henry Waddington, an acclaimed bass-baritone, who has helped organise the event.

The proceeds raised will go to support people with a learning disability, their families and carers. This will include the development of a local service in Brighton.


”I love opera and I have always wanted more concerts in Brighton. Neil Hart who supports me at Mencap came to see me at my house, he told me that he was hoping to organise a concert with Opera singers and it made me very excited. Neil helped me find some of the singers on my iPad. Music is really important to me and I listen to it a lot. My friends and family are always surprised how I can name pieces of music after hearing only a few notes. Opera is one of my favourites and I am looking forward to the night in December. Neil Pollington, (who is a member of the event’s committee and who has a learning disability)

The proceeds raised will go to support people with a learning disability, their families and carers. This will include the development of a local service in Brighton.


“We are delighted the support that Henry Waddington and other singers have shown. This was originally Neil’s dream but thanks to the help of Henry we have created a night that not only will make a difference to the lives of people with a learning disability but will also be hugely special for anyone who comes. We hope you can join us for what promises to be a wonderful evening.” Jan Tregelles, chief executive of Mencap


Booking Information

Tickets: From £35 to £160

Book your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Further details of the evening will be announced in the coming months and stay up to date via #MencapOpera.

How to order tickets: To book in person visit the Brighton Centre Box Office Monday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm located at the front of the venue on Kings Road, for online bookings visit www.brightoncentre.co.uk or book via Ticketmaster over the phone on 0844 8471 1515.

News from the Hawth Youth Theatre

The Hawth Youth Theatre began in September this year and is already proving to be a great success. Led by theatre professional Sarah Slator, the weekly sessions explore all aspects of theatre, including acting, voice and movement and run on Thursdays at 5pm (11-14 years) and 7.15pm (15-18 years). On Thursday (26 November) Councillor Chris […]

Sing for a Cure

Chequer mead, East Grinstead | Friday 23rd October at 7:30pm

Sing For a Cure

Matt Cowling and friends invite you to an evening of inspirational musical theatre.

Amateur musical talents from around the South East have joined with Matt to create a sparkling evening of music from the West End featuring well known and loved numbers from all areas of musical theatre.

Sing for a cure is a culmination of the hopes and aspirations of Matt to combine his love of theatre with his desire to raise much needed funds for the Juvenille Diabeties Research Foundation (JDRF).  The foundation funds critical research to cure, treat and prevent 1 diabetes and its complications.  Improving lives until a cure is found.

Tickets: £10.00


Results are in! Mad Match 2015

Last Sunday at Bromley F.C. a very important football match took place. It wasn’t a league match or the F.A. cup but a match between the casts of Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables.   Billed as the final Les Miserables v The Phantom of the Opera football match, the MAD Match, played at […]