Today sees the launch of the Theatre Super Auction, an exciting one-off event to fundraise for the theatre industry.
As restrictions ease, much of the country is starting to return to normal. While theatres around the country remain closed, hundreds of thousands of workers within the theatre industry haven’t been able to return to work yet. 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 around this country – 752 are local theatres, where you will have seen your first panto or visited with your school. Some of these theatres are already closing as a result of the pandemic.
The incredible list of stagey items you can bid for include:
- 2 x VIP tickets to see Phantom Of The Opera on Broadway donated by Andrew Lloyd Weber along with 2 x BA Business Class flights and a 3 night stay in New York hotel
- VIP tickets to Sister Act and a meet and greet with Whoopi Goldberg & Jennifer Saunders
- Press night tickets for Frozen and passes for the after-show party
- Tea at home from Miriam Margolyes and some exclusive Harry Potter memorabilia
- Martin McDonagh’s hand-annotated shooting script for his BAFTA-winning film, Three Billboards Outside Of Ebbing, Missouri
- Valentino jewellery from Joan Collins
- A chance to watch the English National Ballet from the wings
- And so many more…
Dame Judi Dench said:
“We greatly appreciate this exciting fundraiser to support the Arts. The work of the theatrical charities is vitally important to help our industry survive and the Theatre Super Auction is a wonderful way support our cause.”
Cassidy Janson said:
“Watching the effect of CoVid 19 hit the theatre industry so dramatically has been devastating for myself and my work colleagues who have built our entire careers and indeed lives around our profession – a profession whose essence is the upliftment of others. This auction will help assist our industry’s individuals and the theatres themselves until we can get back to doing just that.”
Dame Joan Collins said:
“The theatre is such an important part of our lives in the UK. I am so glad to be able to be involved in this auction and help support this vital industry and its amazing talent both off stage and on and hope that we can get back to entertaining audiences around the UK soon.”
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, so check it out before it closes for some incredible once-in-a-lifetime lots!