Gok Wan to host west end charity concert for Philippines Typhoon Appeal



Award-winning TV personality, fashion guru, author and all round National Treasure Gok Wan will host the special one-night-only concert You’ll Never Walk Alone at the Queen’s Theatre on Sunday 2 March 2014 at 7.30pm in aid of thePhilippines Typhoon Appeal, it was announced today. Tickets are now on sale from £32.50, with all proceeds going directly to the Disasters Emergency Committee.

Thanks to the overwhelming success of his Channel 4 series How To Look Good Nakedacclaimed fashion stylist and on-screen consultant Gok Wan is now an institution on our screens. Not only has Gok appeared in a further six series of the award-winning show, he has also hosted Gok’s Fashion FixGok’s Clothes Roadshow and Gok’s Style Secrets, leading to him becoming one of Britain’s most sought after entertainers. No stranger to the stage, Gok recently made his theatre debut in Birmingham Hippodrome’s panto Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and was seen in the accompanying Channel 4 documentary Gok Does Panto.
Gok said today: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be hosting You’ll Never Walk Alone, the West End’s response to the recent disaster in the Philippines. The atmosphere is going to be electric, the cast are phenomenal and this event is going to be a fantastic way to reignite awareness of this beautiful country where so much has been completely devastated. The work the DEC are doing to provide much needed aid to the areas affected is vital, the reconstruction process is far from over and people of the Philippines still need our help.”
Gok will be joined on by an array of stars from the Philippines, the London stage and beyond. Names already confirmed include Danielle Hope, Strictly’Pasha and KatyaCynthia Erivo,  Cassidy Janson, Britains Got Talents Francine LewisJoanna RidingHannah Waddingham, Joseph ApostolHugh MaynardMichael Xavier, Emmanuel Vass and Avenue Q original London cast members Julie AthertonJon Robyns, Simon Lipkin and Giles Terera.
On 7 November 2013 Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most intense tropical storms ever to make landfall anywhere in the world, struck the Philippines. Millions were affected by torrential rain, winds of over 140mph and flooding of up to 15 feet, devastating coastal areas. Over 14 million people have had their lives torn apart, with approximately 590,000 homes completely destroyed and well over 4 millionpeople forcibly displaced due to the destruction.
You’ll Never Walk Alone – The West End Unites for the Philippines is a one-night-only gala concert in support of the Philippines Typhoon Appeal by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), which brings together 14 of the UK’s leading aid charities to raise money in order to quickly reach those in need. The money raised will contribute to the ongoing need for emergency shelter, clean water and food as well as helping survivors rebuild their lives.
Promising an unforgettable evening of music and comedy and lead by a cast of Britain’s brightest stars of the West End and beyond, You’ll Never Walk Alone will be an uplifting reminder of the importance of collaboration and the fact that theatre really can make a difference. The concert will also featuring an ensemble of Filipino performers and a magnificent on stage band.
The event has been instigated by the UK based theatre Filipino community, many of whom moved to the United Kingdom in the 1990’s to take part in the original production of Miss Saigon, the worldwide smash-hit musical produced by British theatre impresario, Cameron Mackintosh.
You’ll Never Walk Alone is directed by Jacqui Sanchez and choreographed byGrant Murphy, with musical direction by Alan Berry. It is produced by Paul Spicerand Matt Firth for Stage Acts Productions with the kind support of Delfont Mackintosh Theatres. Avenue Q puppets are by Paul Jomain –  www.Qpuppets.co.uk.
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SUNDAY 2 MARCH 2014, 7.30pm
Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6BA
Tickets £65 (Premium Party Pass), £52.50, £42.50, £32.50 (NHS Discount £5 off)
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