Sting and Eddie Izzard among guests at Kevin Spacey's farewell gala

The event was held in honour of Spacey’s 11 years of service at the Old Vic

Guests including Downton Abbey stars Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern, music legend Sting and comedian Eddie Izzard attended a Gala at the Old Vic last night in honour of outgoing artistic director Kevin Spacey.

The one-night-only celebration recognised his 11 year tenure as head of the Waterloo venue. Hosted by Hugh Bonneville, the night included 'a host of Spacey’s theatrical friends and colleagues, including musical performances from Annie Lennox, Peter Cincotti and Sting.'

Other guests and performers included Niamh and Sinead Cusack, Mark Gatiss, Haydn Gwynne, Colin Morgan, Julian Ovenden, Tim Pigott-Smith and Luke Treadaway, as well as Old Vic artistic director designate Matthew Warchus.

With tickets for the event costing up to £2500, all proceeds went to The Old Vic Endowment Fund, co-chaired by Kevin Spacey and Sir Michael Hintze and established to help secure the future of The Old Vic as a major producing house.