A SAPRANO who has sung the national anthem to thousands at big sporting events will be taking to the Mercury Theatre stage. 

Suffolk-born soprano Laura Wright is set to perform at the Theatre on Wednesday, July 24, for a 'One Night Only' charity event.

Recognised from her performances across sporting events and being one of the nation's biggest-selling classical artists, Laura, 34, has collaborated with Colchester-based charity, Open Road, for the event.

The charity works towards supporting families and individuals struggling with addiction, particularly to drugs and alcohol.

Tim Young, media, communications and partnerships manager at Open Road, said: "We’re absolutely delighted that Laura Wright has agreed to produce a gala show at The Mercury Theatre on our behalf.

"When I approached Laura she could not have been more accommodating and enthusiastic because she realises that the work we do transforms lives.

"We are so grateful to The Mercury for letting us borrow their magnificent venue for free and we are sure that the evening will generate a large audience which will help us to give support and assistance to many more vulnerable people and their families in the future.

"Tickets are on sale now from The Mercury Box Office so book now to avoid disappointment.”

The show will include an array of songs drawn from popular West End musicals and special guests, with entertainment for all ages.

The event will also shine a light on the work undertaken by Open Road towards recovery journeys.

Laura first shot to fame as Young Chorister of the Year at the age of 15 years old and has gone on to become one of the biggest selling classical artists of this decade.

She is a familiar face in the sporting world having performed at almost every major sporting event in this country and was named the first official national anthem singer for the England Rugby team.

Streets Whittles Chartered Accountants are the official sponsors of the event.

To book tickets, visit mercurytheatre.co.uk or email tickets@mercurytheatre.co.uk or phone 01206 573948.