MAD Match – Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera cast members prepare for football battle

Darren Bell

The Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera football teams meet Dennis Wise and prepare for battle. Pictures: Darren Bell

Former Chelsea and England footballer Dennis Wise has been giving cast members from Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera some footballing tips prior to their final fundraising showdown match on 2 August at Bromley Football Club.

The match sees the two giants of the West End heading down to Bromley Arena, not for a singing showdown, but for a football match. Following on from the success of the last two years, they are planning a third and final MAD Match to see who will be the ultimate champion. The match, played to raise funds for the Make A Difference Trust, promises to be a mix of football and fun for all. 

The game kicks off at 3pm and players will include Southampton legend Francis Benali and goal keeper Paul Jones, EastEnders’ Jonny Labey and Hollyoaks and Emmerdale star Ayden Callaghan. James Ward-Prowse, the England under 21 captain, will also be joining the fun. Having coached the England Ladies team to their victory over Germany and bronze medal at the World Cup, Mark Sampson will be turning his attentions to the Phantom team. Managing Les Mis, ex West Brom manager Alan Irvine will be hoping to guide his team to a win.

IMG_2410 bThe West End Teams will be joined on the day by celebrities and professional footballers to add to the excitement. The afternoon will open with a concert at 1.30pm with performances from stars of the West End including, Killian Donnelly, Kerry Ellis, Rachelle Ann Go, John Owen-Jones, Carrie Hope Fletcher and Geronimo Rauch.

The day promises to be a fabulous fun day for all the family with face painting, a bouncy castle, stalls and a raffle. Food and drink will be available to make for a fabulous summer day out for all of the family.

A donation from the event will also be made to Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of Melanie Oakley-Dow, the former Les Misérables wig mistress. Tickets are available from £12 for adults and £5 for children.

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