STARS of stage and screen will perform a high-profile charity show at the London Palladium in memory of Adrian Sudbury.
The show on Sunday October 26 has been organised by John Sheerman, the actor son of Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman.
He will direct the production of Me And My Girl, which is being put together in a daring 48 hours.
It will star a cast of 120 professional actors and dancers.
Big name celebrities are expected in the audience.
It is being held to raise funds for the Anthony Nolan Trust (ANT), which runs one of the UK’s two bone marrow donor registers.
The show has been organised in memory of Examiner journalist Adrian Sudbury, 27, who died from leukaemia in August.
He had spent the last months of his life campaigning with the ANT to raise awareness of bone marrow donation.
The show is also in memory of Brighouse doctor Donna McCormick, who died of leukaemia in January at the age of just 37.
The clinical psychologist attended Brighouse High School with John Sheerman and was a good friend of his sister, Lucy.
John said: “It is crucial that we fill the 2,500 seats to help raise the money for this worthwhile cause.
“We do hope that people will support this fundraiser as well as the millions of individuals who are affected by leukaemia.”
John’s company, Eyebrow Productions, has had to raise £30,000 to put on the show – £22,000 alone is needed to pay for the venue, which is London’s biggest theatre.
He set up the company with a group of friends after leaving Bristol University in 2001.
John, whose acting credits include Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks and stage work, hires a different theatre each year to stage a charity show with Eyebrow Productions.
Last year, the company took over the Drury Lane Theatre to perform Sweet Charity and in 2006 it performed at the Oxford Playhouse in aid of the Oxford Children’s Hospice.
Each time its members set themselves the tough challenge of rehearsing and choreographing the show and sorting out the costumes in just 48 hours.
Barry Sheerman said he was delighted that the performance was taking place at such a high-profile venue and urged people to support the event.
He said: “If we can fill every one of those seats at the Palladium, we will be able to make a lot of money for a worthy charity.
“I took my children to see Me And My Girl when they were young and it’s a fun show.
“The charity events have a fun atmosphere and everyone is there to have a good time while knowing they are helping a good cause.”
Stars of stage and screen are expected to be in the audience for the event, including Little Britain’s Matt Lucas, Robert Lindsay – who played the part of Bill in the 1980s West End run of Me And My Girl – and comedian Mel Giedroyc.
The show has already had support from actors Stephen Fry and Joanna Lumley, who have sent flamboyant messages of support.
Mr Fry said: “Oh how I admire you. Oh what are you thinking of? Oh, you wild, wonderful, fond and foolish people, the very, very, very, very, very, best of luck to you.”
Ms Lumley added: “Be fabulous, you brave and brilliant people! Break legs and hearts in equal measure – my love to all of you.”
The cast of the show will be signing up as bone marrow donors at a special clinic being held by the Anthony Nolan Trust at King’s College in London on Saturday.
The following day they will be promoting the show by singing songs from West End shows at a press day at the Covent Garden Piazza.
l Me And My Girl will be showing at the Palladium at Argyll Street from 7.30pm. Tickets cost between £17.50 and £39, depending on which seats you choose. You can book tickets or find out more about the show by visiting www.meandmygirl2008.co.uk or calling 0870 8900145.
l Almost 700 copies of Baldy’s Book have been sold since last Monday.
The book – which is number one seller in Huddersfield Waterstone’s book shops – is a collation of Adrian Sudbury’s posts from his popular Baldy’s Blog.