Theatrical charity Acting for Others announces that over £75,000 has been raised at this year’s One Night Only

    Theatrical charity Acting for Others announces that over £75,000 has been raised at this year’s One Night Only that returned to The Ivy, West Street on Sunday 4 December for the first time following the Covid-19 Pandemic.

    Stars of the stage and screen swapped their costumes for aprons and served diners for a one-off sitting at The Ivy. The cast trying their hand at taking over the bar, waiting tables, hosting and welcoming guests included Geraldine AlexanderAnnette BadlandSamantha Bond, Harriet CainsBessie CarterJim Carter OBEKim CattrallBen Forster, Tamsin GreigGinny HolderCelia ImrieCassidy Janson, Robert Lindsay, Lesley Manville CBEJessica Madsen, Dame Arlene Phillips DBE, Golda RosheuvelHugh SachsSamantha Spiro, Polly Walker and Tom Read Wilson.

    Sir Derek JacobiDame Maggie Smith and Dame Penelope Wilton were also in attendance at the Dames and Knights table.

    The evening also included an exciting live auction, led by Louise Simpson and Samantha Bond, offering an array of ‘money-can’t-buy’ experiences such as dinner with Sir Derek Jacobi, an Ivy chef preparing dinner for 10 in your own home, and two VIP tickets to Mother Goose starring Sir Ian McKellen, followed by drinks with Sir Ian and members of the cast.

    Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen, Chairman of Acting for Others said, “We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our supporters for the return of One Night Only at The Ivy which raised over £75,000, which is an enormous help at this difficult time. Our thanks go to all the wonderful diners who bid on exclusive lots in our live and silent auctions, as well as to those who donated the ‘money-can’t-buy’ items. This event of course would not be possible without the support of Samantha Bond and Richard Clifford who organised the fabulous Cast of 2022 who performed so well as Maître’d’s and waiters and were brilliantly supported by The Ivy’s regular cheerful team.”

    Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities.

    The Acting for Others charities are Actor’s Children’s Trust, Dancers’ Career Development, Denville Hall, Drury Lane Theatrical Fund, Equity Charitable Trust, Evelyn Norris Trust, SafetyCurtain, King George V Fund for Actors and Actresses, Ralph and Meriel Richardson Foundation, Dance Professionals Fund, The Royal Opera House Benevolent Fund, The Royal Theatrical Fund, Theatre Chaplaincy UK and The Theatrical Guild.

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