West End Eurovision (in aid of HIV/AIDS) Goes Out With A Bang

The final West End Eurovision took place in London recently. [Image: Darren Bell]

The final West End Eurovision took place in London recently. [Image: Darren Bell]

This year’s final West End Eurovision in London controversially ended in a tie – with two West End shows taking the ultimate honours for the first time in its history.

The celebrity-studded event returned to the Dominion Theatre for its 7th and final year in support of The Make A Difference (MAD) Trust. 

The audience, participating show judges and celebrity judges, including Graham Norton, were torn between the cast of Les Miserables’ rendition of Flying The Flag by 2007 UK Eurovision entry Scooch, and Mamma Mia!’s cleverly executed performance of Abba’s Waterloo.

Featuring over 200 performers from award-winning London shows, West End Eurovision is one of the biggest and most exciting late night events in the West End and, as always, the event was a phenomenal success.

The Make A Difference Trust revealed the event raised in excess of £66,000, enabling them to continue expanding their support network to those living with and affected by HIV.

The event was also memorable for 3 speeches from Charlie Hardwick , Val Pollard in Emmerdale, whose character has recently been diagnosed HIV positive, Harriet Thorpe, currently rehearsing at the National Theatre and from award winning director, Andrew Keates, during which he announced he was HIV positive.

Chairman of The Make A Difference Trust, David Pendlebury said:

“We are so grateful for the continued support of the theatre industry; so many people giving their talent and their time to Make A Difference. We would also like to thank Andrew for a lesson in being positive about being HIV positive. It highlights the importance to getting tested and proves we’re all in this together.”

The Book of Mormon won the Best Ident award, sponsored by the Technical Theatre Awards with their hilarious take on ‘The Real Housewives’ series and the Creative Award went to Mamma Mia! for their West End mash up of Waterloo. This year’s Champions Trophy was sponsored by Haagen Dazs.

The MAD Trust works with the British entertainment industry and its audiences to raise funds to offer care and support to people living with HIV, AIDS and other chronic illnesses, who are unable to work and are facing hardship.  33 million people worldwide are infected with HIV, and globally, everyday 7,000 men, women or children contract HIV.

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