Les Misérables versus Phantom – the charity football decider next month

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Rex Features (2798857bz) Les Miserables celebrate winning on a penalty shoot-out Les Miserables vs Phantom of the Opera, Charity Football Match, Bromley Football Club, Britain - 11 Aug 2013

The Les Misérables team celebrates winning on a penalty shoot-out in 2013. Picture: Rex Features

Teams representing two of the West End’s biggest shows will take to the football field for the fifth time next month in the annual Les Misérables vs The Phantom of the Opera charity football match.

Raising money this year for Macmillan Cancer Support and the road safety charity Brake, the star-studded event is being billed as ‘the decider’ with the score card currently running at two-all.

The event at Bromley Football Club on Sunday 7 August will also feature performances from West End and Broadway stars including Daniel Boys, Fallen Angels, Kerry Ellis, Rob Houchen, Lucy Jones, Eva Noblezada, Lauren Samuels and Vox.

Both West End teams will have a little professional help both on and off the pitch – the Les Misérables team will be managed by England under-21 manager Gareth Southgate and The Phantom team will be coached by England women’s manager Mark Sampson.

Famous faces among the mixture of West End cast and backstage crew, small screen celebrities and ex-professional footballers lining up to do battle include: Hollyoaks regulars Danny Mac and Ayden Callaghan; former X Factor winner and actress Sam Bailey; actor Ralph Little; TV presenter Matt Johnson; CBeebies host Andy Day; and ex-professional footballers Paul Jones and Paul McVeigh.

Pitch-side commentary will be provided by Radio 5 Live and BBC TV pundit Mark Clemmit.

Aimed at the family, the day will also feature face painting, a bouncy castle, various stalls and a raffle.

Tickets priced from £5 to £35 can be purchased through www.ticketsource.co.uk/lesmisvphantom5.

The charity football match, which was launched five years ago after Les Misérables’ wig mistress Melanie Oakley-Dow was diagnosed with cancer, has already raised over £80,000 for good causes.

Set up by Chris Key to raise money for Melanie’s chosen charity Macmillan Cancer Support, the match between two of the West End’s biggest shows has become one of London theatre’s most popular events.

Although Melanie sadly lost her fight in 2014, the match continues to be held in her memory with a share of funds raised always going to the Macmillan charity.

Brake has been chosen as one of this year’s charities because of one star’s personal connection to the road safety charity. Currently performing as Feuilly in Les Misérables, Jonny Purchase tragically lost his father in a motorcycle crash in 2002. He said: “Brake did tremendous work for our family, helping and supporting us through that difficult time.”

Angela Thomas

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