Kevin Spacey ‘An Evening with the Stars’

‘An Evening with the Stars’ is an exciting, unique one-night only event with Kevin Spacey, Sir Ian McKellen and Damien Lewis to name a few.  It is in support of the children’s charity Friendship Works and will be held on Sunday 28th November 2010 at the Almeida Theatre, London, UK.

Leading actors from Hollywood and the West End stage will be performing their personal choice of theatre and poetry with a childhood theme in the intimate setting of London’s famous Almeida Theatre.  It will be a very special show in support of a very special charity – Friendship Works – the UK’s oldest children’s mentoring charity.  Friendship Works (http://www.friendshipworks.org.uk) supports children from disadvantaged and vulnerable backgrounds in the UK providing them with long-term adult volunteer mentors. These mentors commit to taking the children for a half a day a week for a minimum of two years.

This extraordinary event, sponsored by T. Rowe Price, Open Magazine and Courvoisier, will begin with a glamorous cocktail reception at the theatre, followed by the show which is scheduled to feature Helen McCrory, Bill Paters, Jonathan Pryce, Richard Stilgoe, Tim Pigott-Smith & Dame Eileen Atkins*.  The performers will share a unique insight into their own childhood and how their personal experience of friendship and mentoring has shaped their lives.

Kevin Spacey says “I’m a huge believer that friendship works. That’s all a child needs – someone to believe in them to carve out a better life for themselves and become a productive member of society.”

Tickets to the upcoming event on the 28th November are £49.50 but can be purchased online for £42.50 – which includes the cocktail reception and show.  Simply visit www.almeida.co.uk and enter “open mag offer ” when prompted.  Do something for the children… do something for yourself at the same time.  Come, support, enjoy!

*Note: Contributing artists are correct at the time of this notice but may change for reasons beyond the organiser’s control.

Ian McKellen and Roger Rees will appear in Waiting For Godot

Ian McKellen and Roger Rees are staring in Mathias’s sell-out production of Waiting For Godot at the Theatre Royal Haymarket next year for a strictly limited season.

Two old friends meet to converse, joke and argue with themselves as they wait through one day and then another for the mysterious Godot…the combination of music hall, poetry and tension redefined what is possible in theatre, so that today Waiting for Godot is accepted as one of the most significant plays of the 20th century.

When Samuel Beckett’s play exploded on to the London stage 50 years ago, it shocked as many people as it delighted. There had never been a play like it; indeed it was said that: “(Beckett) has achieved a theoretical impossibility—a play in which nothing happens, that yet keeps audiences glued to their seats.”

In a year rich with diverse drama Sean Mathias’s 2009 production for the Theatre Royal Haymarket matched the success of the London premiere and proved one of the most successful plays of the season (indeed of any season) and broke all box office records for both the play and the theatre.

After a sold out national tour and an extended run in the West End, the Haymarket revives the production, again directed by Sean Mathias with Ian McKellen and Ronald Pickup returning to their memorable roles as Estragon and Lucky. The highly acclaimed and award-winning actors, Roger Rees and Matthew Kelly now join them as Vladimir and Pozzo.

Book Tickets for Waiting for Godot at Theatre Royal Haymarket!