Fundraising Best of the West End concert at Royal Albert Hall announced

A host of the West End’s brightest stars will take to the stage at the Royal Albert Hall for a special concert in aid of Acting For Others on 21 July 2021.

Presented by Alpha as part of the iconic venue’s 150th anniversary season, the third concert in the popular The Best of the West End series will feature a stellar line-up that includes Matthew Croke, Sophie Evans, Matt Henry, Ruthie Henshall, John Owen-Jones, Mica Paris and Layton Williams.

Alpha’s creative director, musical theatre favourite Ben Forster will also take to the stage along with Alpha Ambassadors of Arts, Lauren Samuels and Frederike Krum, and WOMAN – the female supergroup formed by Brian May and featuring Anna-Jane Casey, Kerry Ellis, Gina Murray and Mazz Murray.

The creative team for the production includes choreographer Stephen Mear, lighting designer Tim Lutkin and musical director Stuart Morley.

Featuring songs from much-loved musicals including ChicagoWickedWest Side Story42nd Street and Les Misérables, the star performers will be accompanied by the MX Masterclass Choir and a live orchestra.

Commenting on his involvement in the event, Jesus Christ Superstar and Elf: The Musical star Forster said: “I am so honoured to be appointed creative director for Alpha’s Best of the West End annual concert at the iconic Royal Albert Hall.

“This is no ordinary concert and I am so excited to be part of the team creating what will be the most spectacular event, all in aid of a charity so close to my heart, Acting for Others.”

On behalf of Acting For Others, the charity’s president Judi Dench said: “We are incredibly grateful to be the chosen charity for Alpha’s The Best of the West End at the Royal Albert Hall. Thank you to the wonderful creative team, Alpha Solutions and this spectacular cast. We hope you enjoy this special event and can join us in celebrating the reopening of this iconic venue in its 150th year.”

Alpha’s group brand director and show producer, Emma Longley added: ‘We are delighted to head back to the Royal Albert Hall on 21 July for the third time with our latest breath-taking Best of the West End production.

“It is a privilege to be working alongside some of the UK’s most spectacular West End performers and creative team. The Alpha Family are so excited to be back doing what we love after such a challenging time for us all.

“This production means so much to so many, as it’s not only the celebration that we have all been waiting for, but it also supports so many artists on the day and into the future. I am extremely grateful to the commitment and support from all involved.”