Until The Curtains Rise

COVID-19 has wrecked havoc on so much and so many. The theatre community is my native home, and the devastation lockdown caused for artists was heartbreaking. My friend, writer/lyricist Estee Stimler called one morning wanting to do something for those who were suffering financially and emotionally – with no job, no sense of a future, and no knowing where they were going to get the money to pay next month’s rent.

At the end of our brainstorm we committed to creating a fundraiser, and making sure the money went somewhere theatre artists could get the relief and support they needed.

Until The Curtains Rise is our creation, a silent auction filled with prizes generously donated by West End stars, with all money going directly to beloved UK theatre charity, Acting For Others.

Helen Mirren, Michael Ball, Miranda Hart, Danielle di Niese, Christopher Biggins, Arlene Phillips, and so many more stars said ‘yes’ to my ask for help, and we have already raised thousands of pounds in the two weeks the fundraiser has been running.

Check it out at www.untilthecurtainsrise.com.

We were thrilled to have the theatre press support the fundraiser with news coverage:

Playbill – Helen Mirren, Michael Ball, and Others Donate Personalized Items to Fundraiser Benefiting U.K. Theatre Community

The Stage – Coronavirus: Helen Mirren and Christopher Biggins donate prizes for silent auction

Broadway World – Helen Mirren, Miranda Hart and Michael Ball Front UNTIL THE CURTAINS RISE Fundraiser

Musical Talk – listen to episode 669 of the podcast

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