The National Theatre’s gala of entertainment and giving

The theatre’s biennial gala dinner is a barnstorming event featuring one-off performances and the chance to bid for once-in-a-lifetime encounters with stars of stage and screen

Performers taking over the Olivier Auditorium at the 2017 National Theatre Gala
Performers taking over the Olivier Auditorium at the 2017 National Theatre Gala | Image: Kate Cowdrey

Up Next, the National Theatre’s biennial fundraising gala dinner, will take over the Olivier stage and auditorium on March 5, offering guests an evening of feasting with – and entertainment by – leading stars of stage and screen. Along with gala ambassadors Olivia Colman and Lenny Henry, the National’s director Rufus Norris will host the event, which in past years has seen unique one-off performances by actors such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Simon Callow, Tamsin Greig, Lesley Sharp, Adrian Lester and Simon Russell Beale.

National Theatre director Rufus Norris delivering a speech at the 2017 National Theatre Gala
National Theatre director Rufus Norris delivering a speech at the 2017 National Theatre Gala | Image: Kate Cowdrey
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There will be a Nyetimber English sparkling wine reception, dinner with wines from Berry Bros & Rudd, as well as live and silent auctions, with lots including a visit to a rehearsal of a forthcoming NT production, a voice lesson with the theatre’s head of voice, Jeannette Nelson, a photoshoot with royal family photographer Julian Calder and the chance to invite NT cast members – names to be announced – for dinner at your home.

Actor Olivia Colman (left) conversing with fellow thespian Tamsin Greig at a past National Theatre Gala event
Actor Olivia Colman (left) conversing with fellow thespian Tamsin Greig at a past National Theatre Gala event | Image: Kate Cowdrey
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Tickets cost £10,000 for a table of 10 plus two actors, or £1,000 for a single ticket. All proceeds from the sale of the tickets and the auction will help fund the National Theatre’s mission to engage communities in theatre throughout the UK, including supporting NT shows on tour, staging the NT’s next “public acts” production, a musical version of As You Like It at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, in August, with over 100 community members involved.

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