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Gary Lineker, Jon Snow, Simon Stephens and Jess Thom to appear together in conversation at Battersea Arts Centre

Gary Lineker will take part in a conversation event at Battersea Arts Centre with theatremakers including Simon Stephens and Jess Thom
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Gary Lineker and Jon Snow are among the household names who will take part in a one-off conversation event at Battersea Arts Centre with theatremakers including Simon Stephens and Jess Thom.

It is one of a series of standalone events announced by London’s BAC as part of its Phoenix Season, as part of which the venue will show every performance made with the BBC for its Performance Live strand over a nine-hour day of screening.

Before then, BAC is planning the Grand Night Out fundraiser, an evening of conversations and comedy.

Among the first acts to be announced include the ex-England footballer, who will appear alongside Stephens, and Thom, from Tourestteshero, in conversation with Channel 4 broadcaster Snow. Further pairings are yet to be announced, but BAC said the night would feature “national treasures, comedy legends and creative minds”.

The event will take place in the newly reopened Grand Hall, and all proceeds from it will contribute to the creative projects run by BAC.

Performance Live: The Box Set will take place on March 17 between 12pm and 9:30pm. It will screen every episode of Performance Live created by BAC, the BBC and Arts Council England since autumn 2016.

The initiative has been capturing live performance that is then screened on BBC2, with artists involved including Slung Low, Wayne McGregor, Akala, Hofesh Shechter and Kate Tempest.

The event will be free and marks the culmination of BAC’s season of Phoenix Events, a series of celebrations thanking the people who supported the venue in renovating the Grand Hall following the 2015 fire.

BAC is back: How Battersea Arts Centre rose from the ashes of a devastating fire to renew its mission

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