Since 2008, West End Eurovision has become a staple of the run-up to the song contest. The unique and spectacular show features the casts of some of London’s biggest productions battling it out to be crowned the champions of the West End…while raising funds for the Make A Difference Trust. The organisation raises funds for HIV and AIDS projects that build awareness and provide care, support and education in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
The various casts perform their own versions of Eurovision Song Contest hits, replete with their own glitzy costumes and choreography. And just like the Eurovision Song Contest split voting, the voting pattern at West End Eurovision is split too —the participants’ goal is to win text votes from the audience and the approval of a panel of celebrity judges.
This year’s judges include comedy star Tom Allen, reality TV star John Partridge, and show-biz choreographer Arlene Phillips, who was recently honoured by the Queen for her services to dance. They will be judging the eight West End musicals competing at 7pm on Sunday 22 April at the Shafetsbury Theatre.
There will be three categories judged: The Champions, The Best Ident (like a Eurovision postcard introduction) and The Best Creative. The eight West End shows competing in WEST END EUROVISION 2018 are: 42nd Street, Aladdin, Dreamgirls, Hamilton, Kinky Boots, Mamma Mia! The Phantom of the Opera and Young Frankenstein.
Tickets are available now in all price bands from the Shaftesbury Theatre Box Office.
£100 VIP ticket includes: Top-price seat, souvenir programme, pre-show reception with VIP access to the theatre, and an interval drink. VIP tickets are ONLY available directly from The Make A Difference Trust at this link.