Originally set up in 1839 through the auspices of Charles Dickens and William Macready – Dickens was the Fund’s first chairman – the RTF is under the patronage of HM the Queen and is tireless in its support of members of the theatrical profession and other disciplines associated with it who have fallen upon hard times.
The RTF stall is sponsored by one of its directors who also happens to be a local resident, Robert Lindsay. Other celebrities who hope to be there include the Fund’s president Sir Donald Sinden and directors Samantha Bond, Giles Watling, John Nettles, Stephanie Cole, Paul Chapman and David Michaels. Their attendance is, of course, subject to availability.
Prizes to be won on the day will include tickets and merchandise from many popular West End shows. There is a tombola and the opportunity to purchase signed pictures, television and film photographs, signed theatre posters and many other items. Star-spotting, new things to be added to your collection, helping good causes and a day out in one of our most attractive villages. What could be better?