On 17 October the globe was transformed into a wickedly decadent theatrical arena for our Something Wicked this Way Comes Fundraising Gala.
As well as being a wonderful evening of entertainment and excellent food, at the heart of the Gala was serious endeavour. The money raised through gala tickets and the silent auction supports the building and activities of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, with particular reference to the exciting new company of child actors – the Globe Young Players.
The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse will be a spectacular and unique building, an exceptional oak structure decorated with exquisite carvings and a painted ceiling, all illuminated by candlelight. Treading the fresh new boards of this fine addition to the British theatre scene will be the Globe Young Players, a talented group of young people from across the country who, in the style of the boy players from Shakespeare’s day will perform The Malcontent in April 2014.
Gala guests arrived on the red carpet from 7pm and included Dame Judi Dench with her daughter Finty Williams who played Lady Macbeth in the evening entertainment. Globe honorary president and daughter of Globe founder, Zoë Wanamaker arrived with her husband Gawn Grainger, most recently seen on the Globe stage as Duncan in Macbeth this summer. Bruce and Paddy Dickinson Geraldine Somerville, William Gaminara, Tim Piggott-Smith, David Oakes were also in attendance.
The evening began in the theatre itself with music and short performances by some of this summer’s Macbeth company. Finty Williams was Lady Macbeth accompanied Philip Cumbus as Macbeth. Moyo Akandé, Jess Murphy and Cat Simmons played the witches. In an unusual twist the guests stood on the stage as the performances took place in the yard and the galleries. Delicious whisky cocktails provided by Famous Grouse and delicate English Sparkling Wine by Hambledon Vineyard gave guests a taste of the gourmet delights to come as they made their way to the Underglobe for dinner.
Dinner, provided by the expert chefs at the Swan followed the Scottish theme of the evening with H.Forman smoked salmon followed by Angus Beef Fillet. Side dishes included traditional colcannon and smashed neeps, baby beets, braised peas and gem lettuce…how divine! The meal was concluded with a truly wicked Vanilla parfait served with fresh berries, honeycomb and Drambuie.
After dinner the silent auction, provided by iBid, and expertly run by Harry Dalmeny was interspersed with live and pre-recorded video performances by Finty Williams and Philip Cumbus as the Macbeths with a hilarious turn by Will Mannering as a modern, drunken Porter. The event was directed by Raz Shaw, with music composed by Olly Fox.
Despite not being able to attend due to their performances in Richard III/Twelfth Night on Broadway, Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry sent messages of love and support.
During the evening guests took full advantage of the Scottish themed photo booth provided by Boggio Studios. In the run up to the event they had tweeted their top tips for looking good in photos and judging by the fantastic outcome everyone took note!
— Emily Carding (@emilycarding) October 19, 2013
Thank you to everyone who donated, bid, dedicated their time and support.