The Duchess of Cambridge Will Attend the Opening Night of 42nd Street
in Aid of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice
4th April 2017
The Duchess of Cambridge will attend the Opening Night of the musical 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in aid of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice (EACH). Her Royal Highness will meet a selection of guests ahead of the performance. An EACH service user will also present Her Royal Highness with a 42nd Street programme. Once the performance has ended The Duchess will join the cast on stage for a group photograph.
Her Royal Highness became Royal Patron of EACH in January 2012 and has supported this organisation by attending a number of official engagements since that time. This charity supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions. Their specialist services include nursing care, symptom management support, wellbeing activities, and therapy and counselling – all meeting the individual needs of the child or young person, and the whole family.
EACH has outgrown their hospice at Quidenham in Norfolk and is currently fundraising for a new purpose-built hospice, ‘The Nook’. The new building will help to provide more families with the same facilities as those offered by EACH hospices for Cambridgeshire, Essex and Suffolk. Her Royal Highness helped to launch the appeal in 2014 and in January visited Quidenham to meet with staff and families for an update on the appeal and plans for the new hospice. Michael Linnit and Michael Grade, together with The Global Group of Companies for Gate Ventures, are supporting the EACH Nook Appeal on the Opening Night of 42nd Street.
42nd Street is the quintessential backstage musical comedy classic and includes songs such as ‘We’re In The Money’, ‘Lullaby of Broadway’, ‘Dames’, ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’, and ‘42nd Street’. The musical has played to great global acclaim for almost 40 years and its popularity serves as a legacy to Gower Champion, the legendary director and choreographer of the original Tony Award-winning production. The new West End production will be directed by the show’s author and director Mark Bramble.