Produced by Proud Haddock, the virtual table reading of the popular farce will raise money for the Equity Charitable Trust.

Written by Brandon Thomas and adapted by Paul Thain, this reading of the comedy will be streamed live through Youtube at 7.30pm on the 11th April.

Charley’s Aunt is set to be performed by Gyles Brandreth, Gary Wilmot MBE and renowned singer and actress Issy van Randwyck (The Boyfriend, Meniere Chocolate Factory; Blithe Spirit, StudioCanal). They will be joined by Karl Queensborough (Hamilton, Victoria Palace Theatre; Enterprise, BBC), Ruby Bentall (Poldark and Lark Rise to Candleford, BBC), Will Hislop (Military Wives, BBC; Gangs of London, Sky) and Oliver Beamish (Coronation Street, ITV; War Horse, National Theatre). Skye Hallam (The Skin Game, Proud Haddock; Intrigo: Samaria,
Enderby Entertainment;) will also perform in the reading with Ed MacArthur (Murder for Two, The Other Palace; Ed MacArthur: Humoresque, Edinburgh Fringe) and Katie Okehurst (Pride and Prejudice, RADA).

Brandon Thomas’ comedy follows two Oxford undergraduates, Jack and Charley who, in an attempt to woo two girls, invite them over for lunch to meet Charley’s aunt. However, when they learn that her visit has been postponed last minute, they persuade their fellow student Lord Fancourt to dress up and impersonate the aunt.

Talking about the news, Artistic Director of Proud Haddock Jimmy Walters said; “We are so excited for this wonderful cast to read Charley’s Aunt. It is one of the most popular comedies of all time and the perfect play for now. We are also delighted to be raising donations for the Equity Charitable Trust; a wonderful charity that offers
care and financial support to those in our industry who really need it. Your collective support is appreciated beyond words. Thank you.”

The reading of Charley’s Aunt will be streamed live on YouTube here on the 11th April at 7.30pm: