Bury St Edmunds cathedral to host Vanessa Redgrave and Terry Waite for theatre fund-raiser
Acclaimed actress Vanessa Redgrave will join Terry Waite for an audience with fund-raising event in Bury St Edmunds to support the town's theatre.
The pair will appear at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, on Angel Hill, on Sunday, November 1 in aid of Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds.
It is the theatre's first live event since the onset of the pandemic and will be live streamed on YouTube.
They will be joined by trumpeter Benjamin Amissah who will open and close the evening.
Emma Suckling, head of development at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, said: "We are so grateful to Vanessa Redgrave and Terry Waite for giving their time to support Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds and we offer our grateful thanks to all at St Edmundsbury Cathedral for allowing us to hold this event at their beautiful venue whilst we wait to re-open ours."
Hailed as ‘the greatest actress of our time’ by Tennessee Williams, Vanessa Redgravee is a six-time Oscar nominee, winning for Julia.
Her narration of Call the Midwife has brought her voice to millions.
She recently appeared in The Inheritance in the West End for which she was nominated for a 2019 Olivier Award for best actress in a supporting role.
She joins her friend Terry Waite, of Hartest, who spent nearly five years alone in an underground cell in Beirut from 1987 to 1991.
Doors open at 6pm for a 6.30pm start for the event, which will be socially distanced and tickets are for a whole pew seating up to six people.
Each pew has at least a two-metre space clear around it.
There will be no interval in order to limit movement around the venue and maintain social distancing.
Audience members will be required to check-in on arrival using the NHS Track & Trace app.
This event is sponsored by Theatre Royal’s autumn sponsor Churchgates.
Robin Jackson, director at Churchgates, said: "The Theatre Royal is the hub of our community here in Bury St Edmunds and beyond and the people within have shown great positivity, innovation and resilience during such difficult times for the arts world.
"We are delighted to support and promote such a wonderful gem, and look forward to all the fantastic events they are planning."