This week saw the Duke of Sussex attend a special gala performance of West End show, Bat Out of Hell – The Musical, held in support of the Invictus Games Foundation. The Duke is Patron of the Foundation and was joined at the performance both by members of the public who had bought tickets in support of the organisation, almost six hundred serving or ex-service personnel and staff of military charities and organisations from across the UK.
Before the performance commenced Prince Harry met and spoke with a number of wounded serving and ex-service personnel and was greeted with thunderous applause when he walked on stage to address the gathered audience.
Executive Producer and General Manager Julian Stoneman welcomed the Duke of Sussex to the stage, saying: “Bat Out of Hell -The Musical is proud to be an official partner of the Invictus Games Foundation. We believe that no matter who you are, the values and principles that the Invictus Games Foundation stands for resonating with people across the globe.
“Diversity and equality are words that come to mind when we watch tonight’s show, so no matter who you are, we hope that you draw inspiration from the words of our multi award-winning writer and composer, Jim Steinman, ‘the beat is yours forever, the beat is always true, and when you really need it the most, that’s when Rock and Roll dreams come through’.”
In his short speech the Duke of Sussex thanked the guests and those involved in the musical, saying: “You have all played a part in making sure that we can continue the work that the Invictus Games Foundation do by convening the Nations and ensuring that the Invictus Games continues as a platform for people all over the world.”
He continued: “There’s 800 beneficiaries here this evening and their other halves, and the partners we have been working a lot with since 2014. And although I can’t see you all, it is very nice to know that you are all out there. So, apart from wanting to get on that bike and rev it, enjoy the show and thank you very much for being a part of this.”
The gala performance is just the beginning of the partnership between Bat Out of Hell – The Musical and the Invictus Games Foundation, with plans already in motion to invite children and family members of active and ex-service members to join a day of performance workshops with the cast and crew.
Bat Out of Hell – The Musical is the winner of the Evening Standard Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical 2017 and has been seen by more than 700,000 people to date. The show, which brings to life the songs of composer Jim Steinman and singer Meat Loaf, is now booking through 5 January 2019.