Parkinson’s UK will receive 50% of royalties earned from the re-release of the 1995 roadshow production Drugs, Mugs and Thugs, starring George Best and Rodney Marsh.
The filmed live stage show, which is a review of the 1994/1995 football season, will delight football fans looking for some nostalgia. Presented by comedian and broadcaster Mike Osman, the production stars George Best and Rodney Marsh, along with special guests Jack Charlton, John Fashanu, Henry Cooper and Paul Elliott.
Krafty Entertainment's John Warrington, who produced Drugs, Mugs and Thugs, explained why he felt proud donating the royalties from the re-release in George Best's memory:
"This production really launched my career in sports TV production and so I have a lot to thank George for. He played a big part in ensuring this production happened.
"George's sister, Barbara McNarry, has lived with Parkinson's for a number of years and I know that if George was still with us, he would want to help. I'd also like to thank Barbara and her husband Norman for their assistance in helping to make this re-release happen."
Paul Jackson-Clark, Director of Engagement at Parkinson's UK, said:
"We're grateful to Krafty Entertainment for re-releasing the roadshow production Drugs, Mugs and Thugs, with the support of George's sister Barbara McNarry, to raise money for Parkinson's UK. Barbara has spoken so openly about her Parkinson's journey in the past and we appreciate her continued efforts to support the charity.
"1 in 37 people alive today in the UK will be diagnosed with Parkinson's in their lifetime. The money we receive will help us to increase understanding of this debilitating condition and support the vital work we do in driving forward research into a cure and supporting those affected by the condition."
The production has already started to raise vital funds with Irwin-Mitchell Solicitors agreeing to help with distribution, as well as very kindly donating to Parkinson's UK.