Michael Crawford to Host Afternoon Tea in Cambridge for Sick Children's Trust

Michael Crawford, CBE, one of Britain's best-loved entertainers, is hosting a special afternoon tea fundraiser for The Sick Children's Trust on the 13th October 2015 in central Cambridge.

Michael, President of the charity since 1987, will be hosting an afternoon of tea and fizz within a marquee in beautiful gardens at Latham Road, Cambridge.

The event begins at 3pm and will last a couple of hours, as guests have the chance to chat with Michael about his illustrious stage and television career spanning decades. Michael is best known for his role as Frank Spencer in 'Some Mothers DO 'Ave 'Em' and as star of West End shows including Barnum, The Phantom of the Opera, Woman in White, The Wizard of Oz and countless other roles on the stage and screen.

Tickets cost £20 and include tea and fizz. They are available by calling Nigel Bullock, from event organisers the Cambridge Fundraising Committee, on 01223 311 877.

Money raised will go towards the charity's Chestnut House at The Rosie Hospital and Acorn House at Addenbrooke's, supporting families with seriously ill children receiving treatment on the wards. The event is organised by the Cambridge Fundraising Committee. Details of their full event programme can be found here.

Long a star of stage, screen and television in his native England, Michael Crawford garnered international fame, when, in the fall of 1986, he originated the title role in Andrew Lloyd Weber's smash musical The Phantom of the Opera. Crawford's kudos included a Tony Award, the Drama Desk Award and the Drama League Award. Back home in the U.K., his Phantom performance earned him the 1987 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical, an accolade he had previously received for his role in Barnum, staged in London's West End.

Crawford also made a mark with his vocal performance on Phantom, 1987's world-wide hit London cast recording, whose international sales tally stands in excess of 12 million. Other recordings include: the RIAA platinum-certified Michael Crawford Performs Andrew Lloyd Webber; Michael Crawford in Concert, the companion album to his dual Emmy-nominated PBS special; On Eagle's Wings, a collection of sacred songs that were a hit on Billboard's Contemporary Christian chart; and the companion album to EFX, which debuted in Las Vegas with Crawford in the high-profile starring role.

Recent stage appearances have included Dance of the Vampires on Broadway, The Woman in White, and The Wizard of Oz on the London stage.

Crawford's numerous screen and stage credits range from the acclaimed film version of Hello Dolly and his much-touted performance in the London staging of Flowers for Algernon to his much-loved character in the 1970's British sit-com Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em.

The story of Crawford's varied and distinguished 40-year career was told with the release of Parcel Arrived Safely: Tied With String, his autobiography which traces the road from his World War II-era youth to his film work alongside John Lennon and Steve McQueen and his years as the original Phantom.

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