Starring (in order of appearance):
Private Lives starred legends of stage and screen Robert Lindsay, Emma Thompson, Emilia Clarke and Sanjeev Bhaskar. Directed by Jonathan Church and produced by Rob Grant and Paul Jackson, it was performed on the 13th of September 2020 and raised over £45,000 for the Royal Theatrical Fund.
Praise for Private Lives:
Emma Thompson is transfixing in this intimate tribute to Noël Coward
The intimacy of performing to a computer, rather than a theatre audience, created a refreshingly different Coward – understated, with a keen awareness of the emotions behind those mannered quips.
Read the full review from The Independent .
For more Noël Coward, you can watch The Noël Coward Foundation’s production of A Marvellous Party for a limited time here.
A Bit of Waiting for Godot starred Robert Lindsay, Michael Palin and Joanna Lumley. Directed by Jonathan Church and produced by Rob Grant and Paul Jackson, it was performed on the 28th of June 2020 and raised over £35,000 for the RTF.
Many industries are under threat in these troubled times, but the entertainment industry is facing an existential crisis. We simply don’t know when, or even if, theatres will be able to accommodate audiences safely in sufficient numbers to make productions viable again. Theatres are closing, good theatres, and may never reopen their doors.
We at Lockdown Theatre want to do what we can to help safeguard and preserve our rich national heritage of theatre, and give it as healthy a future as possible, so all funds generated by our productions will be donated to The Royal Theatrical Fund (Patron, Her Majesty the Queen).
The Royal Theatrical Fund provides support to all those who have worked professionally in the entertainment industry, whether onstage, backstage or front of house, and includes commercial musical theatre dancers, comedians, cabaret artistes, directors, and even producers! The Fund dispenses more than money; applicants' needs vary and may not just be financial - in these unprecedented times a simple telephone call can help relieve a sense of isolation and despair. The Fund also assists with benefit and welfare advice.
All proceeds from these events will be entirely channelled to help those in the industry during this pandemic. Every £ received will go directly to those in the greatest need. Should you wish to further donate to the Royal Theatrical Fund, you can do so at JustGiving .