The return of the West End Flea Market raised thousands for theatrical charity Acting for Others.
Back for 2022, the fundraiser totalled £45,000, nearly double the amount of the last event in 2019.
Held at St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden, top West End shows set up stalls full of theatrical goodies and special one-off items – which were on display for celebrity judges Christopher Biggins, Michael Ball and Golda Rosheuvel.
Stalls were set up by shows including 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 Play That Goes Wrong, The Phantom of The Opera, and To Kill a Mockingbird.
And it was Only Fools and Horses who won the award for Best Dressed Stall for a second year in the row after an acapella performance for the judges of Down to Margate from the show.
Other highlights of the 2022 event included Christopher Biggins auction Biggins’ Bargains which included items such as a show-themed can of hairspray 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.
There were also a number of West End stars in attendance signing autographs including Alice Fearn (Come From Away), Miriam Teak-Lee (& Juliet), Jordan Luke Gage (Bonnie & Clyde), and Strictly Come Dancing’s Anya Garnis and Pasha Kovalev.
And there were long queues for Su Pollard’s fortune telling while dames visiting on the day were Terence Frisch, Wayne Morgan-Williams and Jamie Steen.
Meanwhile refreshments were provided by The Theatre Café.
Joel Marvin, Director of Fundraising for Acting for Others said: “What an absolute joy it is to be back celebrating theatre, and to see the support for Acting for Others at this year’s West End Flea Market raising our biggest total to date. Having been put on hold by the pandemic, it was particularly special to be back with so many people who share our love of theatre.
“The appetite for the West End is well and truly back, with queues around the corner once again. A huge thank you to the shows, our judges and ambassadors that took part to make Saturday such a success, and to every single person that turned up and queued to get in. We can’t wait to welcome you all back next year!”
For more information, visit www.actingforothers.co.uk