Fancy paying £500 to see some famous people perform a play that was devised, written and rehearsed the previous day? In a new video trailer (above) a glittering horde of former participants in the Old Vic’s annual ’24 Hours Play Celebrity Gala’ rather amusingly suggest that Kevin Spacey’s annual fundraiser is a harrowing and futile experience that has left them short of work and seriously traumatised.
If that hasn’t put you off and you do have £500 burning a hole in your pocket (or there’s also a handful of veeeeeeerrrry restricted view £75 tickets left) then the annual gala takes place this Sunday. A host of celebrities, including Zawe Ashton, Anthony Head, Lesley Sharp, Catherine Tate, Nick Moran and Lily Cole will spend 24 hours with a team of directors and playwrights to produce six new pieces of drama to be performed once and never again.
And if it’s really as traumatic as the former participants say – AND WE SUSPECT THEY MAY ALL BE JOKING – ticket-holders who’ve paid north of £175 can drown their sorrows afterwards at ‘The 25th Hour’, a swanky do at five-star hotel the Rosewood London, at which Old Vic artistic director Kevin Spacey will doubtless do his suave host thang.
All proceeds from the evening will benefit the work of The Old Vic and Old Vic New Voices, which mentors the next generation of theatrical talent.