West End concert to launch Charlie Kristensen anti-bullying charity

A charity concert will take place in the West End in October to mark the launch of the Charlie Kristensen Foundation.

There’s No Place Like Home will take place at the Lyric Theatre on 22 October.

It will help raise funds for Charlie Kristensen Foundation, the anti-bullying charity named after the 13-year old anti-bullying campaigner, stage and screen actor Charlie Kristensen.

Charlie started his #CheerUpCharlie campaign in 2019 having been bullied severely for over 18 months in part due to his love of performing.

Hosted by Divina De Campo, There’s No Place Like Home will take a journey down the yellow brick road of Charlie’s imagination, to find the place where he belongs

The line-up of top musical theatre performers will include Allyson Ava-Brown (Hamilton, Les Misérables), Jenna Boyd (Come From Away, The Wind in the Willows), Allie Daniel (Legally Blonde, Happy Meal), Jacob Fowler (Heathers, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella), Adrian Hansel (We Will Rock You, Guys and Dolls), Dom Hartley-Harris (Bonnie & Clyde, Hamilton), Sophia Nomvete (Amazon’s The Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power, Netflix’s Wednesday), Mark Oxtoby (Back to the Future, Guys and Dolls), Bradley Riches (Heartstopper, Kin The Musical) and Ella Vaday (BBC’s Rupaul’s Drag Race UK, Sumotherhood).

Joining them are Julie Atherton (Sister Act, Avenue Q), Anna-Jane Casey (Cabaret, Mother Goose), Renée Lamb (SIX, Cake), Connor Carson (The Phantom of the Opera), Lois Morgan Gay (The Pirate Queen), Emily Kitchingham (Scouts! The Musical), Nathan Lorainey-Dineen (Lordin) (& Juliet), Kaya Palmer and Amelia Walker (42 Balloons).

Charlie will share the première performance of his brand new charity single Beyond The Sky, written and composed by charity Patron Danyl Johnson (The People’s Postcode Lottery, The X Factor UK) and Justin Potter. Beyond The Sky will be released in Spring 2024.

There will also be performances from Sylvia Young Theatre School, The Alana Shirley Academy of Theatre Arts and Sing Space Musical Theatre Choir, and some surprise special celebrity guest appearances.

There’s No Place Like Home will be directed by Dean Johnson with musical direction by Ellie Verkerk, choreography by Khiley Williams and lighting design by Joseph Ed Thomas.

Charlie said: “When this all began, my dream was to form a charity so we could be the voice that children need. I would like The Charlie Kristensen Foundation to be associated with acceptance and to encourage children to be who they want to be, not what society thinks they should be.

“Our first concert is a chance to raise awareness of the charity, whilst reminding the world just how life-changing – and fabulous – theatre can be.”

For more information and tickets, visit nimaxtheatres.com

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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