A musical star has gathered other big stage names to raise money to fight a rare brain disorder that struck a member of his family.

Stephen Palfreman is known to musical fans who love the legendary show Blood Brothers for his performances as Mickey. The role led him to meet his wife of more than 10 years Louise, who played his on-stage wife Linda in the show.

Louise's father Norman suffers from a rare neurological condition called Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) - often misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s Disease or Alzheimer’s. Only around 4,000 people in the UK suffer from the condition, for which there is currently no cure.

Mr Palfreman has organised a show called Musicals in Concert, to be performed at Windsor's Theatre Royal - which is of course owned by impresario Bill Kenwright, the producer of Blood Brothers.

The show will be performed on Sunday, June 17 - Father's Day.

Mr Palfreman said: "As it will be Father’s Day, we’re asking for people to get in touch to let us know what makes their Dad so special, to be in with a chance at having their Dad surprised live on stage, as well as winning one of the fantastic prizes we’ve had donated. It’s a great opportunity to show how much you really care and I’m looking forward to making someone’s night.” Also appearing in the show will be Neil McDermott who played Ryan Malloy in Eastenders before going on to tread the boards in Shrek and The Sound of Music.

Mazz Murray, the original star of We Will Rock You and Mamma Mia, will also feature alongside cast members from Les Miserables, Wicked and Jesus Christ Superstar. Young talent from Mishmak Youth Theatre and The Guildford Theatre School will also be involved. The show will be hosted by television and stage actor Robert Daws - familiar from The Royal and Poldark.

Tickets for The Musicals in Concert start at £20 and can be booked online at theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk or by calling the Box Office on 01753 853 888 (10am to 8pm Monday to Saturday). And to share your story of your dad to win that all-important Father’s Day surprise for him, contact Stephen at steve@stage-ed.com.