NEWS: Over £70,000 Raised at Acting For Others West End Flea Market

The annual fund raising event took place last Saturday.

(c) Mark Lomas

Theatrical charity Acting For Others has today announced more than £70,000 was raised at this year’s West End Flea Market which was held on the Saturday 20th May at St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden.

Talking about the news Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen, Co-chair of Acting for Others said “There was a fantastic atmosphere with dozens of cast members from West End shows, stars signing autographs and thousands of fans buying the memorabilia on offer – all of it providing support for everyone from the theatre professions, through our network of 14 member charities”

Meanwhile, winning the prize of Best Dressed Stall this year was Mamma Mia! judged by national star Christopher Biggins and award-winning choreographer Dame Arlene Phillips. Their stall contained an array of delights including show memorabilia, signed posters and cast pictures, as well as a treasure trove of Donna and the Dynamos accessories to take selfies with and join the cast performing in a TikTok.

The other shows that had stalls on the day included Back to the Future, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Hamilton, Moulin Rouge, The Mousetrap, SIX, Jersey Boys, Rocky Horror Show, The Book of Mormon, The Play That Goes Wrong  and other attractions included; Menier Chocolate Factory, Go Live Theatre Projects, Concord Theatricals, Disney on Stage, Theatrical Memorabilia, Tombola, face painting, Mariachi Loco, The Pearly Kings and Queens and Flea market favourite Psychic Su Pollard told fortunes.

Elsewhere on the day, there were West End stars in the autograph tent taking selfies and signing posters and goodies for fans including Christopher Biggins, Arlene Phillips, Bonnie Langford, John Partridge, Harriet Thorpe, Derek Jacobi, Samantha Bond, Frances Mayli McCann, Jordan Luke Gage, George Maguire, Cassidy Janson, Christina Bianco, Mazz Murray, John Owen-Jones, Jon Robyns, Aimie Atkinson, Oliver Tompsett and Giles Terera. The day also saw the return of Biggins’ Bargains, the auction event hosted by Christopher Biggins in which items such as a Shirley Valentine script signed by Sheridan Smith and Willy Russell, artwork signed by the cast of A Little Life and VIP Package to Back to the Future which were auctioned off and was followed by a Panto Dame singalong with West End Sensation Emma Lindars.

The event was led by Sara Kestelman who  took to the mic, as the events emcee, announcing the days proceedings.

Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. The Acting for Others charities are Actor’s Children’s Trust, Dancers’ Career Development, Denville Hall, Drury Lane Theatrical Fund, Equity Charitable Trust, Evelyn Norris Trust, SafetyCurtain, King George V Fund for Actors and Actresses, Ralph and Meriel Richardson Foundation, Dance Professionals Fund, The Royal Opera House Benevolent Fund, The Royal Theatrical Fund, Theatre Chaplaincy UK and The Theatrical Guild.

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