Prince Harry is spending a solo night at the theater – for a cause close to his heart.
The 34-year-old attended a gala performance of the rock musical Bat Out of Hell at the Dominion Theatre in London on Thursday in support of the Invictus Games Foundation. The West End show, which brings the anthems of Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman to life, tells the story of the young leader of a rebellious gang as he falls in love with the daughter of a tyrannical ruler of post-apocalyptic Manhattan.
Earlier this year, Bat Out Of Hell announced a partnership with the Invictus Games Foundation, the governing body of the Invictus Games. The partnership involves private tours and family theater workshops for wounded, injured or sick serving or ex-service personnel interested in a career in the theatre. A large number of tickets have also been made available to veterans and their families from military charity partners of the Invictus Games Foundation to attend on the night of the gala performance.
Upon his arrival, Prince Harry met with a number of former servicemen and women whose families have been invited to the gala performance. The royal will address the audience on stage on behalf of the Invictus Games Foundation, alongside the show’s producer and cast members before watching the performance.
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Although Harry was without wife Meghan Markle, who is expecting the couple’s first child, for Thursday’s event, the two are fans of the theater. Back in August, the newlyweds attended a special West End performance of the smash musical Hamilton to raise funds for one of Harry’s longtime charities, Sentebale, which he set up alongside his friend Prince Seeiso of Lesotho.
The couple, who previously saw the hit show during a night out around Valentine’s Day earlier this year, were guests of honor, alongside Hamilton creator and Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda. As well as seeing the show, the trio met the cast and crew on the stage of London’s Victoria Palace Theatre.