RSC Fundraising Gala

Royal Shakespeare Company Associate Director Deborah Shaw is putting together a stellar cast of RSC alumni and current company members for a special fundraising gala to be held at The Lawrence Hall in Greycoat Street, Victoria, London on Tuesday 28 October. This is only the second Gala in the RSC's history, and the aim of the evening is to raise money for the Company's Artists' Development Programme, which provides support to artists at all levels.
The RSC offers cross-company training in voice, verse, movement and fight skills led by in-house practitioners and outside experts brought in for specific seminars and workshops. The programme is solely reliant upon donations, grants and funds raised from events such as this Gala. Patrick Stewart, who is playing Claudius in the RSC's current production of Hamlet, is the Gala Patron and will be hosting the evening's proceedings. From the sell-out Histories season: Chuk Iwuji, will be performing a speech from Henry VI Part III, Geoffrey Streatfeild reprises his role as Henry V in a scene with Alexia Healy and Hannah Barrie, and Jonathan Slinger brings back to life his critically acclaimed Richard II. Other members of Histories ensemble will be re-creating their exhilarating fight scenes within the dramatic backdrop of the Art Deco Lawrence Hall.
Award-winning playwright Roy Williams makes a contribution with extracts from his RSC produced play, Days of Significance, and five young actors are creating linking motifs throughout the evening, showcasing the role of movement in artist development. Other artists involved include Welsh singer and actor Sianed Jones and Joseph Millson, who played Benedick in the RSC's 2006 production of Much Ado About Nothing.
David Tennant will be performing a soliloquy from Love's Labour's Lost as well as assisting Sotheby's auctioneer, Grant Ford with a live auction. Prizes for the auction include a full script of an episode of Doctor Who, signed by the cast, six tickets to the Company's sell-out production of Hamlet in Stratford-upon-Avon followed by the opportunity to dine on stage with two Hamlet cast members, a private master class for two with RSC alumnus Simon Russell-Beale, lunch at Sotheby's and a private recital by RSC artists at the lucky buyer's own home.
Other RSC alumni who will be attending the Gala include Maureen Beattie, Penny Downie, Ray Fearon, Oliver Ford Davies, Derek Jacobi, Tim Pigott-Smith, Miles Richardson, David Suchet, and Clive Wood.There are some tickets still available at £800 each.
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