Electric Voices perform for cancer research

Former Stonyhurst pupil Hugh Wooldridge will be staging a major theatrical event in March to raise money for the Royal Marsden Hospital. The Night of Electric Voices will feature some of the biggest performers from the West End and Broadway at the London Coliseum near Trafalgar Square.

Since leaving Stonyhurst College in 1969, Hugh Wooldridge (pictured left) has earned a reputation as one of Britain’s foremost theatre and television directors, writers and stage lighting designers. He currently specialises in large productions, often at the Royal Albert Hall, London, as well as teaching performance skills. He trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and directed his first play at the age of 17.

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In the first ten years of his career, Hugh directed more than 60 productions in London and throughout the UK, and was a resident director at the Haymarket Theatre, Leicester, the Thorndike Theatre, Leatherhead, and The Old Vic, London. He has directed international tours of Jesus Christ Superstar and The Rocky Horror Show, as well as national tours of plays by Noël Coward, Daphne du Maurier and Dylan Thomas. Each year since 1999, Wooldridge has produced, devised and directed The Night of 1000 Voices at the Royal Albert Hall, featuring – among others – Glenn Close, Joel Grey, David Essex, Michael Crawford, Michael Ball and Brian May.

The Night of Electric Voices will feature artists from some of the theatre’s most popular productions including Wicked, We Will Rock You, Les Misérables, Spamalot, Avenue Q, Chicago, RENT, Memphis and Oliver! It will be introduced by Sir Tim Rice, with performers from the City of London Philharmonic Orchestra and the West End Chorus. It will be staged in aid of the Alan Jay Lerner Fund for Cancer Research at the London Marsden on Sunday, 1 March 2015.