New Theatre Royal in Lincoln is to host a Children in Need event which will be beamed live across the country during the official BBC show on November 16.
Throughout the evening there will be three live link ups to a regional show and one national link up with the Appeal Show televised live on BBC One and watched by millions.
The national link up will feature a children’s choir made up of local school children.
Natalie Hayes Cowley artistic director of the theatre said: “This is a landmark event in the theatre’s busy schedule.
“We are thrilled to support BBC Children in Need and we are very grateful for the opportunity. The theatre is developing rapidly due to the public support and it’s so good to give something back – it really will be a fun packed and exciting evening.”
More than a hundred children from five primary schools across Lincoln will be taking part in the special live choir performance with children across the country, live on national television.
Those in the audience on the night, will be in for an full evening of entertainment – with 100% of proceeds going to BBC Children in Need.
Everyone can look forward to lots of audience participation and appearances by familiar faces.
Presenters from BBC Radio Lincolnshire including Melvyn Prior and Sue Taylor will be split into teams to perform in lip sync battles, which will be judged by a panel of celebrities. Songs from the likes of Dolly Parton, Back Street Boys and Chesney Hawkes will be performed.
The panel of judges will include the New Theatre Royal’s pantomime star Barney Harwood of Blue Peter and CBBC.
Melvyn Prior, said: “We are all really looking forward to the lip sync battle and showing off our dance moves.
“BBC Children in Need does amazing work in Lincolnshire and is something BBC Radio Lincolnshire loves to get behind and fully support. I know the other presenters are extremely excited for the show and looking forward to contributing to such a brilliant cause.”
The night will also include performances from local artists including county-based magician Lewis Daniels.
Across Lincolnshire, BBC Children in Need currently funds 19 projects totalling £1.1million.
Amelia Chambers, a manager at the theatre, explains how the venue got involved: “Our business development manager Emma Olivier-Townrow met with Charlie Partridge of BBC Radio Lincolnshire early last year.
“Emma encouraged a visit to the theatre and explained our mission to restore the theatre to its former glory and she also made a gentle plea to host the Children in Need show.
“In January this year the BBC made contact and the planning began. After several site visits, careful planning meetings and the support of other local businesses we were all set.”
BBC Children in Need will be back for its 39th Appeal Show on Friday, November 16 on BBC One from 7pm.
BBC Children in Need at New Theatre Royal Lincoln on Friday, November 16, 7pm. Tickets: £6/£5. Box office: 01522 519999.