Theatrical charity Acting for Others today announces the return of One Night Only at The Ivy in West Street on Sunday 10 December 2017. Over £100,000 was raised last year for the charity, which is an umbrella organisation for 15 invaluable charities dedicated to supporting people from the theatre and dance communities who have fallen on hard times through injury, illness or circumstance.
The evening sees stars of the stage and screen swap their costumes for aprons and serve diners across two sittings at The Ivy, world-renowned for their unfaltering impeccable service. Heading up the waiting staff this year to ply their trades in bartending, waiting tables, manning cloakrooms and welcoming guests will be Noma Dumezweni, Arlene Phillips and Freddie Fox. They will be joined by Annette Badland, Samantha Bond, Janie Dee, Neil Dudgeon, Dexter Fletcher, Celia Imrie, George Layton, Tamzin Outhwaite, Jemma Redgrave, Anne Reid MBE, Joanna Riding, Neil Stuke, Owen Teale, Kate Thornton, Stephen Tompkinson, Hannah Waddinghamand Giles Watling MP with more to be announced.
The two dinner services, Acts I and II, will start at 6pm and 8.45pm and will run for two hours each, with identical auctions taking place after dinner. Guests will be able to book their tables for a three-course dinner with an aperitif and wine for £250 per person, of which £150 is a donation to charity. The dinners will be followed by swift but thrilling auctions, which will include enviable prizes such as a meal for four every month of the year in a selection of The Caprice Group’s finest restaurants, a pair of tickets to Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre, a pair of tickets to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre including a mid-show dinner at The Ivy and post show drinks with the cast, and tickets to the Olivier Awards 2018.
Director of The Ivy, Fernando Peire said today, “The Ivy’s staff members really do love it when they are joined for the night by so many familiar faces from stage and screen. Our restaurant owes a lot to its illustrious clientele and this is one way we can give back to the theatrical community that has supported us so well and for so long.”
Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen, Chairman of Acting for Others also said, “We are delighted that The Ivy will see the stars performing as staff in December for One Night Only, as all of the funds raised go to support theatre workers who need our help.”