Hosted by Jan Ravens, with performers Daniel Evans, Josie Lawrence, Jenny Jules, Jonathan Pryce, Jenna Russell, Samantha Spiro and Meera Syal are joined by Young Friends of the Almeida and award-winning theatre company Inspector Sands to perform as part of "Almeida Up Close," the theatre’s 2012 fundraising Gala. Directed by Indhu Rubasingham, Almeida Up Close will take place on 23 February 2012 at One Mayfair. The evening of fine dining and cabaret will include music by Stephen Sondheim and Amy Winehouse.
The Almeida Theatre is a registered charity and fundraises up to £1.2m each year to present a diverse and comprehensive programme at its Islington home, as well its extensive work with young people in local communities through the creative learning programme, Almeida Projects.
Award-winning actor Daniel Evans is Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres where, as an actor, his work includes The Tempest, Cloud Nine, Company and The Pride. As a director for the Company his work includes An Enemy of the People, Racing Demon and Othello.
Actor and comedienne Josie Lawrence is a member of The Josie Lawrence Steve Edis Trio and The Comedy Store Players who improvise every week and are now in their 27th year. She recently played Manda Bates in the BBC’s long running soap EastEnders.
Jenny Jules won the The Critics Circle Award for Best Actress for her performance as Mama in the Almeida’s production of Ruined. She also has been seen at the Almeida in The Homecoming, Big White Fog and A Chain Play.
Stage and film actor Jonathan Pryce returns to the Almeida to play the title role in Michael Attenborough’s production of King Lear later this year. Previously he playEd Martin in The Goat or Who Is Sylvia?
Jenna Russell’s theatre credits include Season’s Greetings for The National Theatre and Into the Woods for the Open Air Theatre, Regents Park. For her role as Dot in Sunday in the Park With George for the Roundabout Theatre Company, New York and the Menier Chocolate Factory, she won the Theatre World Award and the Laurence Olivier award for Best Actress in a Musical.
Jan Ravens performs all the female roles in the hugely successful radio and television series Dead Ringers and appeared as Janet Grimley in three series of The Grimleys.
Award-winning actor Samantha Spiro will join the Almeida to play the title role in Michael Attenborough’s production of Filumena which opens next month.
Meera Syal performed an extract from Shakespeare’sTaming of the Shrew at the Almeida’s 2011 Gala with Sanjeev Bhaskar. She is also an Associate Artist of the Almeida.