In 1939 he was instrumental in founding what is now the Royal Theatrical Fund, the profession’s oldest charity, and was its first chairman. Its patron is HM The Queen and on 14 February, in Dickens’ bicentenary year, she will attend a special entertainment
The cast includes Derek Jacobi in the title role with Samantha Spiro as Queen Victoria, Samantha Bond, Stephanie Cole, Matthew Kelly, Eddie Redmayne and members of the Chickenshed Theatre Group. It’s preceded by a champagne reception; some tickets are still available from £75.00 each from the Fund. All profits, of course, go to help actors and members of associated professions in need of financial assistance.