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Theatre stars turn waiting staff to raise more than £150,000 for charity

Richard Clifford, Maggie Smith and Derek Jacobi took part in One Night Only at the Ivy to raise money for Acting for Others. Photo: Dave Benett Richard Clifford, Maggie Smith and Derek Jacobi took part in One Night Only at the Ivy to raise money for Acting for Others. Photo: Dave Benett
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Actors including Noma Dumezweni, Celia Imrie and Jemma Redgrave swapped treading the boards for waiting tables as part of a charity event that raised more than £150,000.

All were taking part in One Night Only, organised by theatrical charity Acting for Others, which was held at the Ivy in London on December 10.

The performers were joined by the likes of Janie Dee, Tamzin Outhwaite, Samantha Bond and Freddie Fox at the event, at which the actors become bartenders, waiting staff and cloakroom attendants.

Derek Jacobi and Maggie Smith also attended the event, which included auctions for prizes such as a walk-on part in Les Miserables, which went for £22,000.

Stephen Waley-Cohen, chairman of Acting for Others, said the actors and auction bidders had helped Acting For Others “raise really worthwhile funds for all theatre workers in need”.

Acting for Others is an umbrella organisation for 15 theatrical charities. The funds support theatre workers who have fallen on hard times through illness, injury or circumstance.

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