The Mad Trust has announced that the West End Eurovision 10th Anniversary will be held at the Adelphi Theatre London on 19 April.
The legendary West End Eurovision is back – and will celebrate its 10th anniversary – at the Adelphi Theatre on Sunday 19 April 2020.
Ahead of the real 65th annual Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam, Netherlands on Saturday 16 May, West End Eurovision is a camp-tastic celebration of all things Eurovision, complete with a sea of flags and the most outrageous costumes imaginable as the casts of some of Theatreland’s biggest musicals merrily send themselves up in the name of charity.
The competing musicals will be battling against each other by restaging original Eurovision Song Contest songs from over the decades with their own dazzling choreography and often stunning costume reveals to win text votes from the theatre audience and the approval of a panel of celebrity judges and votes from judges from each competing show.
The casts will be giving their all to lift 3 coveted WEE 2020 Trophies:
Best Intro Film (formerly Ident)
Judges Award for Direction & Choreography
West End Eurovision will also feature a special guest appearance by a past original Eurovision Song Contest entrant. Previous performances have included: Dana International performing her infamous winning entry Diva Scooch, Nicki French, Bardo, Javine Hylton, The Original Bucks Fizz, Sonia and Katrina Leskanich (Katrina and the Waves).
The feel-good, edge-of-your-seat-exciting & interactive charity event will once again raise much-needed funds for TheatreMAD. Since the first contest was staged in 2008, well over £400,000 has been raised by the event for the charity enabling them to continue to expand their support network to those living with, and affected by, HIV..
The last WestEnd Eurovision saw The Phantom of the Opera becoming the first show to win for the second consecutive year running!
Melanie Tranter, chair of the Make A Difference Trust said: “West End Eurovision only happens because of the incredible generosity of the theatre community who give their time and talent to make this incredible show possible. We have just released the funds to build a school for HIV orphans in Kenya. Who would have thought that sequins, spandex and the wonderful theatre community could change lives so profoundly
WEST END EUROVISION in numbers since 2008
Total Raised – £400,000
The Phantom of the Opera have entered every year and are the only show to have won two years in a row.
2008 was the first West End Eurovision
953 performers representing 82 shows
Performed to 14,000 people
10 winners in 9 years with Les Miserables and Mamma Mia! sharing the trophy 2014
11 Eurovision acts have performed at West End Eurovision
Over 120 technical, creative and support volunteers give their time each year
Payment to celebrities, technical teams, musicians, creatives, artists – ZERO
An incalculable number of sequins, pyrotechnics and sparkle