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Wednesday 29 Oct 2014

Press Release

BBC London Rocks for Children in Need 2011

Get your air guitars ready and be a part of BBC London's special fundraising gala performance of the musical Rock Of Ages at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London's West End on Wednesday 16 November 2011.

After the success of last year's Jersey Boys musical, BBC London 94.9FM presenters Gaby Roslin, Tony Blackburn and Vanessa Feltz are once again excited to introduce this special gala performance, raising money towards helping disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.

Rock Of Ages tells the story of Drew, a boy from South Detroit, and Sherrie, a small-town girl, both in LA to pursue their dreams of making it big, who on the way, fall in love. Set in LA's infamous Sunset Strip in 1987, Rock Of Ages takes you back to the time of big Eighties rock bands – the time of big egos, big guitar solos and big hair.

The London cast is headed by Justin Lee Collins as Dennis Dupree and X-Factor 2005 winner Shayne Ward as Stacee Jaxx. Oliver Tompsett is the foolhardy Drew who falls for the wiles of Amy Pemberton as Sherrie.

Gaby Roslin says she hopes this year will prove to be another huge hit with listeners and raise even more money for BBC Children in Need: "Last year we raised an enormous amount for Children in Need with the musical Jersey Boys. This year can't be more different! Rock Of Ages is going to be fun and feisty and we hope you can all join us for what is sure to be a brilliant night, and in the process raise lots of money for charity."

BBC London 94.9 FM Sunday Soul and Motown presenter Tony Blackburn is also looking forward to the night: "What an evening we are going to have! The Eighties were full of fun and fun music and I can't think of a better way to raise a fantastic amount for Children in Need."

Julian Stoneman, Executive Producer of Rock Of Ages The Musical, says: "Children in Need is such an important date in the calendar and a night when all of us can do our bit to help to improve the lives of so many people. The cast and crew of Rock Of Ages are very honoured to be able to do our bit and raise money from our gala performance on the 16 November."

So go on – let the Eighties back in and rock your socks off to The Final Countdown, We Built This City, and Don't Stop Believing – and make a noise, make a difference and raise money for BBC Children in Need.

Notes to Editors

Last year BBC London raised over £60,000 in one night with a gala performance of Jersey Boys.

Rock Of Ages The Musical is a celebration of Los Angeles rock culture. A film of the musical, directed by Adam Shankman (Hairspray), is now filming, starring Russell Brand, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin and Tom Cruise. It has already enjoyed huge success in USA, Australia, and Canada and has been extended in London through to October 2012.

Full Tickets terms and conditions

Tickets from £20 can be purchased from the Shaftesbury Theatre box office ( or by calling the box office number on: 020 7379 5399. Standard geographic charges from landlines and mobiles will apply and calls may be included in your telecom provider's call package.

The face value of all tickets (minus VAT) will be donated to Children in Need.

Booking fees will apply. Booking fee will be donated to Children in Need if booking through the theatre. Some credit card charges may apply.

The performance is suitable for audience 16+ and is not deemed suitable for young children or people who are easily offended.

The dress code is "glamorous" or 'Eighties Rock" – but not black tie.

BBC Children in Need

The BBC Children in Need Appeal is a charity registered in England and Wales (802052) and Scotland (SC039557) whose aim is to make a positive change to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

Every year, thanks to public donations and the amazing efforts of fundraisers, schools, businesses and corporate partners, BBC Children in Need is able to make a difference to thousands of young lives.

The 2011 BBC Children in Need Appeal is right around the corner on Friday 18 November. This year, CiN are asking people to take part in "BBC Children in Need Rocks" by putting on their own 'ROCKS' fundraising event for CiN. It could be as simple as dressing up as a rock star or putting on an Eighties Rocks karaoke night. All the money raised will help CiN "Rock" the lives of disadvantaged children and young people.

For inspiration and ways to get involved, people can call 0345 607 3333 or visit to get their hands on a Fundraising Pack full of fundraising ideas.


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