Returning after a four year gap, West End Eurovision will take place at the Shaftesbury Theatre on the 22nd April. 

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Celebrating the Eurovision Song Contest in true West End style, West End Eurovision will see the casts of 42nd Street, Aladdin, Hamilton, Dreamgirls, Kinky Boots, Mamma Mia!, The Phantom of the Opera and Young Frankenstein all competing to lift one of three trophies: The Champions, The Best Ident Movie and The Best Creative.

Taking place to raise money in aid of Make A Difference Trust , West End Eurovision will see the eight popular musicals performing a classic Eurovision song to win text votes from the audience and the approval of a panel of celebrity judges and judges from each competing show.

The evening will also feature a special guest appearance by a past original Eurovision Song Contest entrant. Previous performances have included: Scooch, Nicki French, Bardo, Javine Hylton, The Original Bucks Fizz, Sonia and Katrina Leskanich (Katrina and the Waves).

This 2018 contest is the first to take place in four years, with the last one being won jointly by Les Misérables with Mamma Mia! Les Misérables (with Sir Cameron Mackintosh making a guest appreareance on film dressed as an airline  pilot) performed Flying the Flag (For You) Scooch’s  song, which came 22nd for the UK in 2007, while  Mamma Mia! performed Waterloo, ABBA’s winning Swedish Eurovision song from 1974.

Talking about the news a spokesman for the Make A Difference Trust, said: “We are grateful to all our talented performers and guests for helping us to make WEST END EUROVISION happen again. This high camp, fun event will raise such a lot of money for the projects we support. We are thrilled to return West End Eurovision once again to the West End… for one unforgettable performance and one night only!”

Tickets for this year’s West End Eurovision are priced from £43.20 and are available from http://www.shaftesburytheatre.com/shows/west-end-eurovision/

 

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