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The Secret Garden rises to the top

Published July 18, 2016

The team from The Secret Garden were announced as the winners of a brilliantly battled second annual West End Bake Off on Saturday, with the event raising in excess of £4500 for Acting For Others.

Emerging victorious from 20 competing shows including Wicked, The Book Of Mormon, Les Misérables and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, the newly-incoming production’s offerings were chosen as the pick of a delicious bunch by judges Christopher Biggins, Barbara Windsor and Michael Ball. They follow in the footsteps of The Mousetrap, which won the first West End Bake Off in 2015.

Welcoming members of the public to then purchase the shows’ baked goods and a selection of other unique memorabilia, a grand total of over £4500 was raised in aid of Acting For Others in just under two hours at St Anne’s Church Courtyard.

An umbrella organisation that represents 15 UK theatrical charities, Acting For Others uses the funds it raises to offer emotional and financial support to members of the entertainment industry who have fallen on hard times through illness, injury or circumstance.

And while The Secret Garden may have claimed the coveted title this time around, every show’s baking achievements were certainly to be celebrated in supporting such a worthy cause. As there were no half-baked efforts on display, this year’s event perhaps best demonstrated that, in the West End Bake Off, you only get out, what you pudding…