Make a note for your diary if you're going to be in London's Covent Garden area around 6.30pm on Thursday 27 November. That's when The Royal Theatrical Fund (founded in 1839 by Charles Dickens) to support actors and other theatre professionals who have fallen upon hard times holds its 2012 annual Christmas festival.

The venue is the Actors' Church – St Paul's, Covent Garden – and there will be readings, music and a chance to indulge in mulled wine and mince pies. Simon Callow, Laurie Holloway, Kenny Lynch, Peter Polycarpou and Samantha Spiro are among those intending to appear (as always where hard-working performers are concerned, attendance is subject to availability).

Music will be provided by the West End Gospel Choir. Tickets priced at £15.00 are available from The Royal Theatrical Fund (020 7836 3322), or you can email the Fund (admin@trtf).