A WEST END musical staged in memory of Examiner reporter Adrian Sudbury has raised £20,000 for charity.

The version of the classic Me And My Girl was performed by a cast of 150 at the London Palladium.

But this was no ordinary production; it was a Showtime Challenge and the performers had just 48 hours to rehearse and organise their sets and costumes.

And it was directed by John Sheerman, the son of Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman.

The cast, who performed for free, were allowed to learn their lines and songs in advance, but had not even met one another until two days before the curtain went up.

However, they put in polished performance of the classic rags to riches love story before an appreciative audience of 1,502 people, with some famous faces including TV presenter Vanessa Feltz.

The show was introduced by comedians Les Dennis and Mel Giedroyc, who also compered a charity raffle during the interval.

The proceeds of the raffle and ticket sales will go to the Anthony Nolan Trust, the charity which runs one of the UK’s two bone marrow donor registers.

The charity was chosen in memory of Adrian, 27, who died of leukaemia in August. He had spent his final months campaigning for better education about bone marrow donation.

The show was also performed in memory of Brighouse doctor Donna McCormick, who died in January from leukaemia. The 37-year-old was a school friend of John Sheerman.

His theatre company, Eyebrow Productions, has been staging Showtime Challenge events for the past three years, all with the 48-hour rule and all in aid of good causes.

He said he was delighted with the amount raised.

“I was very pleased with it,’’ he said. “By the time the show came together I was exhausted and could hardly raise a smile! But the actors did a really fantastic job.”

Mr Sheerman’s father was in the audience with 14 family members to support the show.

He said: “It was a wonderful show. I’m pleased it went so well.”

Eyebrow Productions plan to do more charity Showtime Challenges, but they will not be re-creating West End hits.

Instead they want to perform a completely new show, written by up-and-coming talent.

They have started a new project to find this talent and created a website, www.sendusascript.co.uk, where people can post scripts for plays, TV and musicals.

Eyebrow Productions will then use their contacts to have the scripts read and will work on arranging a performance at a top theatre of the finished production.

John Sheerman said: “It is incredibly expensive to put a show on in the West End and opportunities are rare.

“It is not easy for up-and-coming talent or production companies.

“We feel there are a lot of writers out there who haven’t had a chance to have their work put on in theatres.

“We hope to be able to find those people and have the project culminate with a new piece of theatre that nobody has seen before.”