Stars of stage and screen turn out for Christmas Cracker

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A host of much loved stars turned out in force last night (13 December) to celebrate a unique Christmas Cracker event, organised by The Prostate Cancer Charity.

The Charity helped to shake away the winter frost and raise some Christmas cheer at Cadogan Hall, with an evening is packed with a range of seasonal acts, including readings from BBC Countryfile's Julia Bradbury and Eastenders' Rudolph Walker as well as Lenny Henry's director in Othello, Barrie Rutter.

Performances on the night also included award-winning comedy duo Max and Ivan, the Bath-based choir, Choir One, magician Paul Brown and women's circus theatre Circo Rum Ba Ba.

Speaking of her involvement in the night, Julia Bradbury, explains: "I wasn't quite sure what to expect with the Christmas Cracker, but this evening has been a corker! Tonight has really helped me and my family get into the Christmas spirit. Singing along to The Twelve Days of Christmas gets you right into the festive groove. We, like so many others, have been touched by prostate cancer and I can't stress how important it is that The Prostate Cancer Charity is there for men and their families through such tough times."

Host for the evening will be the much loved British actor and comedian, Tom O'Connor. He said: "The Prostate Cancer Charity's Christmas Cracker was a great twist on the usual seasonal carol concert. Magic, music, elves and lots of laughter, it shows that having fun can help spread a more serious message about men's health. Tonight we've been raising money, awareness and, at times, the roof… a brilliant evening all round and it has been fantastic to see so many people coming together to help us celebrate."

Reflecting of his experience of the evening, Rudolph Walker, who treated the crowd to a reading entitled, A Politically Correct Christmas, added: "It is fantastic to see so many people here tonight to help The Prostate Cancer Charity's Christmas Cracker kick the festive season off with a bang. I have really enjoyed being part of such a unique event and I hope that as well as enjoying the entertainment, people will help the Charity to spread the word about this disease."

There to support the acts on the night was The Prostate Cancer Charity's Director of Fundraising, Mark Bishop. He said: "Tonight's Christmas Cracker event, has done a fantastic job of getting us in the mood for the festive season. It was great to see so many people getting involved in the evening, having a good Christmas sing-song whilst also showing their support for the 37,000 men diagnosed with prostate cancer each year."