The award winning match is back.
The award-winning charity football match Les Misérables V The Phantom Of The Opera is returning for The Decider! Having each won two matches in recent years, the two titans of the West End will battle it out for the title of Ultimate Champions at Bromley Football Club on Sunday 7th August 2016.
Raising money this year for Macmillan Cancer Support and the road safety charity Brake, this year’s event promises to be a great day out for all the family.
The West End teams will be joined on the day by celebrities and professional footballers. The afternoon will open with a concert at 1.30pm, with performances from West End and Broadway stars including Daniel Boys, Fallen Angels, Kerry Ellis, Rob Houchen, Lucy Jones, Eva Noblezada, Lauren Samuels and VOX. Full line-up to be announced, and subject to change.
The match itself kicks off at 3.00pm and Les Misérables will be managed by England U21 manager Gareth Southgate, whilst the Phantom team will be coached by England Ladies manager Mark Sampson.
Alongside the West End performers and backstage crews, famous players in the match will include:
Danny Mac - Star of Hollyoaks
Ayden Callaghan - Star of Emerdale and Hollyoaks
Sam Bailey - X Factor Winner
Ralf Little - Star of The Royle Family
Andy Day - Star of CBeebies
Paul McVeigh - Former Tottenham & Norwich
Paul Jones - Wales & Southampton Goalkeeper
Matt Johnston - TV Presenter
Radio 5 Live and BBC TV pundit Mark Clemmit will also be there to bring a lively pitch-side commentary throughout the day.
The charity football match – known to fans as Les Mis v Phantom – has raised over £80,000 for good causes since it began. Five years ago, Melanie Oakley-Dow, the wig mistress at Les Misérables was diagnosed with cancer. The match between the two titans of the West End Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera was set up by Chris Key to support her and raise money for her chosen charity: Macmillan Cancer Support. Sadly, Melanie passed away in 2014, so the day is now held in her memory and a share of the money raised will go to Macmillan to help ensure that no one faces cancer alone.
A donation will also be made to Brake, the road safety charity. Brake has been chosen as one of the nominated charities this year because of one star’s personal connection with the charity. Jonny Purchase, currently performing as Feuilly in Les Misérables, tragically lost his dad in a road crash. Jonny said: "I lost my father in a motorcycle crash in 2002 and Brake did tremendous work for our family, helping and supporting us through that difficult time. The work Brake undertakes is so important in helping those who have been involved or have had loved ones involved in road traffic crashes."
The day promises to be a fun day out for all the family with face painting, bouncy castle, stalls and a raffle, as well as food and drink. For tickets, which range from £5 - £35 (£35 VIP tickets include access to a reserved seating area, private bar and the opportunity to meet and mingle with the players), visit www.ticketsource.co.uk.
About Macmillan Cancer Support
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.
That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.
To get involved, call 0300 1000 200 today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk
Brake is a national road safety charity, founded in 1995, that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies. We do this through national campaigns, community education, services for road safety professionals and employers, and by coordinating the UK's flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.
Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.