Benedict Cumberbatch and Geri Halliwell were among the guests at the Royal Court last night for a special fundraiser performance of Joe Penhall's new play Birthday.

Spice Girl Halliwell, riding the crest of the Viva Forever! announcement, the Sherlock star, whose recent coups include a cameo on The Simpsons, were joined by Birthday author Joe Penhall and the play's stars Stephen Mangan and Lisa Dillon at the event to raise money for the Court's work.

Doctor Who star Dervla Kirwan made an appearance alongside actor husband Rupert Penry-Jones (Spooks).

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