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Acting for Others raised over £26,000 at the inaugural West End Flea Market

Wayne Sleep, Celia Imrie and Christopher Biggins credit - Mark Lomas.Theatrical charity Acting for Others today announces that over £26,000 was raised at the inaugural West End Flea Market on Saturday 19th May held at St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden, with thousands of people in attendance.

Top West End shows set up stalls full of theatrical goodies and designed showstopping centre pieces – which were on display for judges Christopher Biggins, Celia Imrie and Wayne Sleep. Running stalls on the day were company members from The Book of Mormon, Hamilton, The Phantom of the Opera, The Play That Goes Wrong, Mamma Mia!, Les Miserables, The Mousetrap, Only Fools and Horses and Royal Opera House, manned by Dame Monica Mason.

Taking the prize of Best Dressed Stall this year was Only Fools and Horses with an array of delights including Pina Colada cupcakes, a hoopla for beer bottles containing show trivia, Trigger’s Kissing Booth and one-off treats signed by the company. The winner of the showstopper competition was Mischief Theatre’s The Play That Goes Wrong, proving that sometimes they actually do get it right.

Harriet Thorpe and Tom Read Wilson went up against Wendi Peters and Annette Badland in a fiercely fought Biggins’ Bargains. Their ill-gotten gains competed in Biggins Bargains’ auction – overseen by the man himself, with Harriet and Tom the victors with the two teams raising almost £700 for Acting for Others.

Other stars also popped in to show their support including Come From Away’s Rachel Tucker, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’s Layton Williams and the star of the new Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Jac Yarrow who signed for fans in the celebrity tent; Julian Glover, Bonnie Langford, Belinda Lang, Hayley Mills, Peter Polycarpou, Hugh Sachs and Graham Seed; and there were long queues for the legend that is Su Pollard’s fortune telling. Refreshments were provided by The Theatre Café and The Nell of Old Drury. Entertainment was provided by The Royal Theatrical Fund Choir, Mariachi Loco Band, Michael Batchelor, Robert Pearce and magician, Henri White.

Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen, co-Chair of Acting for Others said today, “We were overwhelmed by the support for Acting for Others’ first West End Flea Market, with queues around the block. It was a joy to share this special event with so many people who share our love of theatre. A huge thank you to the shows, our judges and ambassadors that took part to make Saturday such a success. We can’t wait to see what next year brings!

The event was sponsored by Spotlight, The Mackintosh Foundation, Reward Gateway and Joe Allen.

Twitter: @ActingForOthers / #WestEndFleaMarket

Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 15 member charities.

Actors’ Children’s Trust
Actors’ Children’s Trust funds the children of professional actors, from birth to graduation. We consider grants for childcare, sports, music and activities, special needs assessments and support, kit and clothing, transport, school trips and student grants.

Dancers’ Career Development
A dancer’s working life is so soon over – no other career demands so much and is over so quickly.

Dancers’ Career Development (DCD) is a registered charity, which supports all professional dancers in the UK, from all genres, to make the transition from professional dancing to a new career.

The Dance Professionals Fund
The Dance Professionals Fund (the working name of the Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund) aims to support people in the dance world throughout their lives, including into retirement. The charity helps professional dancers, choreographers and choreologists, as well as dance teachers from a range of different dance disciplines. Be it illness, injury, financial or personal difficulties, the Dance Professionals Fund (DPF) is there to help.

Denville Hall
Denville Hall is a residential, nursing and dementia care home for elderly members of the theatrical profession.

Drury Lane Theatrical Fund
To give help to subscribers and where possible to performers and stage management who have worked at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Equity Charitable Trust
Since its inception in 1989, the Equity Charitable Trust has helped myriad industry professionals retrain, re-qualify and obtain valuable new skill sets for those wanting to leave the profession or develop a second income stream. In addition to the educational arm, it offers one-off welfare grants to industry members who are experiencing a health or professional setback.

Evelyn Norris Trust
The Evelyn Norris Trust was established in 1968 to provide holiday and respite grants to members of the concert and theatrical professions who are convalescing or need a longed-for break.

Grand Order of Water Rats Charities Fund
The Grand Order of Water Rats Charities Fund is a show business charity brotherhood, established in 1889 by a small group of well-known music hall performers with the motto “Philanthropy, Conviviality and Sociability”! Its aim is to have fun whilst staging events which would raise funds to support fellow artists who were struggling.

International Performers’ Aid Trust
IPAT’s aim is to relieve acute poverty amongst people in the performing arts in the world at large.

King George V Fund for Actors and Actresses
The King George V Fund awards grants to British actors and actresses whose service to their profession merits recognition and who would benefit from a grant.

Ralph and Meriel Richardson Foundation
The Foundation was established by Lady Meriel (Mu) Richardson after the untimely death of the Richardsons’ only son, Charles, to relieve the need, hardship or distress of British actors and actresses (and their spouses and children) who, after a long and established contribution to the theatrical arts, find themselves in less fortunate circumstances.

The Royal Opera House Benevolent Fund
The charity provides confidential advice, support and financial assistance to those past and present employees of the Royal Opera House and Birmingham Royal Ballet and their dependants who are in need and deserve help.

The Royal Theatrical Fund
The Royal Theatrical Fund provides support for people of all ages who have worked in the entertainment industry. They are people in need as a result of illness, accident or old age.

Theatre Chaplaincy UK
Theatre Chaplaincy UK provides pastoral and practical support to people of all faiths and none who are engaged in the performing arts.

The Theatrical Guild
The Theatrical Guild is dedicated to supporting those who work backstage and front of house in theatres across the UK, including light and sound technicians, wardrobe assistants, costume designers, stage managers, box office staff and ushers. It offers a variety of support to those in need of help including financial assistance, sponsorship for education / re-training within the industry, and access to counselling, etc.


1 thought on “Acting for Others raised over £26,000 at the inaugural West End Flea Market”

  1. Came to London, with granddaughter and daughter from Bristol. We had great time. Sorry I missed Sue Pollard, I could have done with her wise words. Ellie is absolutely mad on the show Book of Mormons.
    So glad the charity raised good amount of money.

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