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West End stars turn out for Ukraine

Published: 5 April 2022
Reporter: Vera Liber

West End for Ukraine

A host of West End stars will join together for a fundraising night of musical entertainment in aid of UNICEF Ukraine Emergency Appeal at the Charing Cross Theatre on Monday 9 May 2022.

The line-up, subject to availability, is: Sabrina Aloueche, Paul Baker, Lizzie Bea, Gina Beck, Nikki Bentley, Kieran Brown, Joanne Clifton, Scott Garnham, Natalie Green, Adrian Hansel, Christopher Howell, Kim Ismay, Sooz Kempner, Joshua Lay, Emma Lindars, George Maguire, Jai McDowall, Nadim Naaman, Caroline Sheen, Simon Shorten, Courtney Stapleton, Harriet Thorpe, Shona White and Rachael Wooding alongside The Barricade Boys, members of the cast of Heathers and Titanic and the West End Musical Choir.

West End performer, Kieran Brown, who is organising the fundraiser in association with RedRock Entertainment, said, “like so many people, I watched with horror as events unfolded in Ukraine. I felt so helpless watching news reports of the Ukrainians' courage and resilience, and of the unspeakable tragedies taking place. Thinking about what I, and the caring community I am part of could do, I resolved to organise a gala concert to raise funds for UNICEF.

"I’ve been blown away by the outpouring of support from creatives, technicians and performers alike. The evening will be an incredible showcase of just how strongly we ALL feel about challenging this unnecessary and barbaric war. I couldn’t be more grateful to each and every person who has offered their time and talent—not least a huge thank you to the Charing Cross Theatre for hosting us—ensuring that 100% of the money raised goes straight to UNICEF.”

UNICEF has said that more than half of Ukraine’s 7.5 million children have now been forced to flee the ongoing violence, and that it is working around the clock in Ukraine and at the borders of neighbouring countries to provide access to clean water, health care services and other critical support.