Ensemble organises fund-raising gala for actor James Gale

The RSC Ensemble Revealed
Sunday 27 March at 4pm (activity in foyer starts 3pm)
Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
Box Office: 0844 800 1110 www.rsc.org.uk
All tickets £10

The RSC's long ensemble is organising a special fund-raising gala in aid of James Gale, who has been part of the acting company since it started in 2009.

James Gale was diagnosed with leukaemia last year, and is currently facing a period of chemotherapy to prepare him for a bone marrow transplant which may take up to a minimum of two years to recover from.

Spear-headed by actors Kelly Hunter and Hannah Young, the event will take place on Sunday 27 March at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon at 4pm, with foyer activity scheduled to start at 3pm.

Every single member of the ensemble will take part in the gala in some capacity – and plans for the show include music, poetry, comedy, readings, dance and an Auction of Promises.

Acts include Jonjo O'Neill performing Mr Bo Jangles, Sophie Russell reprising her tap-dancing nun routine from The Comedy of Errors and the entire company of 44 actors singing on stage. The audience may also come across actors in the toilets, lifts and outside the theatre.

Actor Brian Doherty will be selling items in the RSC shops as Autolycus from The Winter's Tale at vastly inflated prices and the difference will go directly to the fund and the RSC's Head of Catering, Rob Fredrickson is donating the bar takings for the evening's festivities.

The Auction of Promises will include a row down the River Avon with Juliet (Mariah Gale), a complete set of signed programmes, a dance capoeira session with King Lear (Greg Hicks), blood guts and gore make-up for a children's party of up to 15 from the RSC wigs and make-up team (anywhere in Stratford-upon-Avon on a Sunday) and an opportunity to be backstage with the stage-management team during a performance of King Lear.

Local businesses are also supporting the Auction. Sam at the famous actors' pub The Dirty Duck is offering a meal for two and the opportunity for someone to have their photograph displayed for a week in the Duck's famous 'Hall of Fame.' The Town House Hotel has offered a cream tea for two, Warwick Castle is donating an annual family pass for an entire year and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is donating two 'five house passes'. There are also two tickets to the ensemble's final and sold out production of Romeo and Juliet in Stratford upon Avon on Saturday 2 April plus two special cocktails (named Romeo and Juliet) provided by the RSC's Rooftop Restaurant Bar.

Hannah Young said: 'People's generosity of spirit within the ensemble and company as a whole has been overwhelming. We hope that the money raised will help James and his family whilst he is unable to work. His need is great and we hope the money we raise will make a much appreciated difference to their finances.' Tickets are £10 each, and this is an opportunity to see the RSC Ensemble at their silliest, darkest and most entertaining.

Further information

For mor information and interviews please contact Nada Zakula in the RSC Press Office on 01789 412622 or mailto:nada.zakula@rsc.org.uk


Dean Asker on 01789 412660 or dean.asker@rsc.org.uk

Notes to Editors
  • James Gale has been part of the RSC Ensemble since 2009 and his roles have included Antigonus in The Winter's Tale, Cicero, Caesar's Servant, Lepidus and Dardanius in Julius Caesar, Passenger and Elderly Man in The Drunks, Lear's Gentleman in King Lear and Maecenas in Antony and Cleopatra.
  • The RSC's 44 strong ensemble is currently performing in Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra, Hamlet and The Comedy of Errors in Stratford-upon-Avon, whilst rehearsing for a season of World Premieres which will open at the Hampstead Theatre in London in April. They will be heading to New York in the summer to present a repertoire of Shakespeare plays at the Park Avenue Armory as part of the Lincoln Center Festival.
  • For more information about RSC Revealed including auction details visit www.rsc.org.uk/revealed

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