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Richard Armitage and Kelly Brook for Old Vic's 24 Hour plays (2010)

Richard Armitage in Chris Ryan's Strike Back

Preview by Jack Foley

SPOOKS star Richard Armitage and Kelly Brook are among the star-studded line-up for the 24 Hour Plays Celebrity Gala at the Old Vic Theatre in London.

They will be joined by several high profile stars, including actress Sienna Miller.

This year’s event takes place at The Old Vic on Sunday, November 21, 2010, and will be compered by iconic comedian John Cleese.

Other guests due to appear include Richard Wilson, Ronni Ancona, former History Boy Samuel Barnett, Niamh Cusack, Toby Jones, Paterson Joseph, Ralf Little, Lesley Manville, Tim Pigott-Smith, Rupert Evans and Dan Stevens, one of the stars of ITV’s hit period drama Downton Abbey.

Richard Curtis, creator of Four Weddings And A Funeral, will also be taking part, while Jessica Hynes, the star of Spaced, Burke & Hare and the Old Vic’s Norman Conquests, will turn writer for the occasion.

The annual 24 Hour Plays fundraiser is now in its seventh year and has become famous for seeing actors, writers and directors create, rehearse and present six short new plays in one day.

Top price tickets cost £250 with proceeds going to support the Old Vic’s work with young people, new audiences and emerging talent.

It has become one of the most important – and respected – events in the The Old Vic calendar, particularly as the venue receives no government subsidy.

Previous participants have included the likes of Hollywood star Vince Vaughn, Brook Shields, Gael Garcia Bernal, Jim Broadbent, Saffron Burrows, Joseph Fiennes, Stephen Fry, Josh Hartnett, Tom Hollander, James Nesbitt, Graham Norton and Rosamund Pike.

Commenting on this year’s line-up, Artistic Director Kevin Spacey said: “We are thrilled to be working with such a remarkable collection of artists again this year and that John Cleese has agreed to host this unique event. It’s a high-adrenaline evening but every year some great work is born on that stage.”

  1. I hope Richard Armitage enjoys his participation in this event and that his role is a little lighter than his current character of Lucas/John in Spooks. I prescribe a bit of comedy with plenty of fun and frolics!!!!

    Susie    Nov 3    #