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Whither Would You Go? - further casting announced

Whither Would You Go?

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FURTHER casting has been announced for the fundraising gala Whither Would You Go?, which takes place at the Harold Pinter Theatre on October 22, 2017.

Joining previously announced Jay Abdo, Bertie Carvel, Lee Evans, Martin Freeman, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Wunmi Mosaku, James Norton, Jack Whitehall, Olivia Williams are Roger Allam, Kevin Bishop, Zoe Boyle, Celia Imrie and Eleanor Matsuura.

Previously Posted: On October 22, 2017, at the Harold Pinter Theatre, a host of stars will gather to perform scenes from Shakespeare’s plays in response to modern-day refugee video stories.

Whither Would You Go? will be directed by Jamie Lloyd and all profits will go to the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR.

Bertie Carvel, Lee Evans, Martin Freeman, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Wunmi Mosaku, James Norton, Jack Whitehall, Olivia Williams and many more will join together to create a one-night-only, never-to-be-repeated gala event in support of the millions of forcibly displaced people around the world.

The evening includes a special guest performance by actor Jay Abdo, himself a refugee of his native Syria.

Inspired by Shakespeare’s ‘refugee’ speech from The Book of Sir Thomas More, written as a plea for tolerance during the London riots of May 1517 (500 years ago this year), Whither Would You Go? pairs scenes from Shakespeare, read by stars of stage and screen with genuine refugee stories from around the world.

Jamie Lloyd said: “Whither Would You Go? uses the words of William Shakespeare to highlight our shared humanity. When we focus on what we all have in common, we can start a conversation. With more than 65m forcibly displaced people in the world – the highest levels ever recorded – we should be talking and we should be acting.”

Stephen Fry, who participated in the inaugural event in LA said: “Shakespeare has always been a friend to the marginalised. Who better to champion the needs of refugees worldwide?”

Olivia Williams, LA event alumni and London cast member said: “Contributing to Whither Would You Go? is the answer to the question, ‘what can I do to help?’”

Whither Would You Go? is the creation of Ella Smith and Emma West, both actors and producers who wanted to harness the power of storytelling to bring tangible help to refugees. Their inaugural production took place in Los Angeles in March and sold out. Further productions are now planned for New York and Sydney.

We are now witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record. An unprecedented 65.6 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 22.5 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18.

Often the first on the ground to help those forcibly displaced by conflict or persecution, UNHCR is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions. All profits from Whither Would You Go?’ will go directly to UNHCR – the UN Refugee Agency.

Tickets: £50 to £200 – available by phone on 0844 871 7622 (calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge) or online at www.atgtickets.com/shows/whither-would-you-go/harold-pinter-theatre/.

Time: 7:30pm.