Andrew Lloyd Webber, Dame Judi Dench, Joan Collins, Michael Ball, Whoopi Goldberg, Alexandra Burke & Martin McDonagh, are among dozens of celebrities offering up their treasured personal possessions and ‘money can’t buy’ experiences to raise money for theatres and the performing arts industry.
This one-off event will provide crucial funding for an industry which has been devastated by the effects of CoVid 19.
As the government guidelines are eased much of the population is returning to work. Unfortunately, as our theatres nationwide remain closed, this isn’t the case for the 290,000 people employed within the UK’s Theatre industry. Many of these people are self-employed or freelancers and aren’t eligible for any of the Government schemes leaving them without any means of financially supporting themselves and their families.
There are more than 1,100 theatres in the country, 752 are local theatres. These are the theatres where you first saw your panto, performed on stage or visited with your school. These theatres may become lost as a result of the pandemic.
Amongst some of the incredible items available to bid for, Lord Lloyd Webber has generously donated 2 x VIP tickets to see Phantom of the Opera on Broadway; the prize also includes 2 x BA Business Class flights and a 3 night stay in New York hotel. The wonderful Miriam Margolyes has offered tea at home as well as some incredible Harry Potter memorabilia.
The auction is designed to be accessible to everyone; alongside the opportunity to bid for some of these fantastic items, anyone can instead pledge a donation to this cause and will immediately enter a prize draw for the chance to win some incredible prizes.
The auction closes at 10pm on Sunday 26th July. Check out all the items and bid now