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Over £45,000 raised at West End Flea Market

Theatrical charity Acting for Others today announced that more than £45,500, almost double the amount in 2019, was raised at the West End flea market on Saturday May 21, held at the Paul’s Church in Covent Garden, in the presence of thousands of people.

Top West End shows set up stalls filled with theatrical goodies and special one-off items – which were displayed for celebrity judges Christopher Biggins, Michael Ball and Golda Rosheuvel. The booths of the day were company members of Book of Mormon, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton, Jersey Boys, Les Misérables, Life of Pi, Mamma Mia!, Moulin Rouge, Only Fools and Horses the Musical, Pretty Woman, Six, The Room That Goes Wrong, The Phantom of the Opera and To Kill a Mockingbird.

Only the boobies and the horses won the best-dressed stall award this year, for the second time in a row. Their booth contained an array of delights, including a Reliant Robin made of pom poms, Del Boy’s shearling coat worn by Tom Bennett in the original stage production, specially printed tea towels with signed photos of the cast behind the scenes, a mini paddling pool to play Hook a Duck, and an a capella performance for the show’s Down to Margate judges.

West End Flea Market

Biggins’ Bgains, the auction event hosted by Christopher Biggins, returned with items such as a show-themed hairspray box signed by Michael Ball, a backstage tour to meet the cast of Hamilton and a Pretty Woman dressing gown worn and signed by Danny Mac. These special prizes have collectively raised hundreds of books for Caring for Others.