Nobel Peace Prize winner and Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi (pictured) has provided the inspiration for a new one-woman play, The Lady of Burma, which will be presented at the Old Vic on Sunday 12 November 2006. The one-off gala performance, hosted by Maureen Lipman, is organised by and in aid of the Burma Campaign UK (BCUK).

Aung San Suu Kyi, the eponymous lady, is leader of Burma’s National League for Democracy (NLD), which won a landslide election victory in 1990 but has never been allowed to govern. Suu Kyi was inspired by the non–violent campaigns of US civil rights leader Martin Luther King and India’s Mahatma Gandhi to stage rallies around the country, calling for peaceful democratic reform and free elections. The protests and rallies were brutally suppressed by the army, after which Suu Kyi was placed under house arrest, unable to see her two sons, grandchildren, family or friends.

Written and directed by Richard Shannon, The Lady of Burma stars Liana Gould. Following the performance, the second half of the gala evening will feature poetry readings and speeches by contributors including Prunella Scales, Sinead Cusack, Juliet Stevenson, Glenys Kinnock MEP, Richard Wilson and John Pilger.

The gala is supported by Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts. Tickets are available from £20. The £150 Golden Ticket includes best-in-house seat, pre-show and interval drink, exclusive access to the VIP and cast area, credit as a Golden Supporter of The Lady of Burma in the gala programme, and one year’s honorary membership of the Burma Campaign UK. The £60 Silver Ticket includes best seat for the performance and credit as a Supporter in the Gala programme.

- by Caroline Ansdell