Vanessa Redgrave and Terry Waite to link up for fundraising event in aid of Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

Actress Vanessa Redgrave is linking up with former Church of England envoy, humanitarian and author Terry Waite for a fundraising event in aid of the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds.

It is taking place at St Edmundsbury Cathedral next month which will be both a live event and simultaneously streamed via YouTube.

The pair will be joined by trumpeter Benjamin Amissah who will open and close the evening.

Emma Suckling, head of development at the theatre, said: “We are so grateful to Vanessa Redgrave and Terry Waite for giving their time to support Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds and we offer our grateful thanks to all at St Edmundsbury Cathedral for allowing us to hold this event at their beautiful venue whilst we wait to re-open ours.”

Hailed as “the greatest actress of our time” by Tennessee Williams, Vanessa Redgrave CBE is an acclaimed actor of stage and screen, making her professional stage debut in “A Touch of the Sun”, in 1957.

She has won a plethora of awards including an Olivier Award for “The Aspern Papers” and a Tony Award for “Long Day’s Journey into Night”. She also received Tony nominations for “The Year of Magical Thinking” and “Driving Miss Daisy”. She is a is a six-time Oscar nominee, winning for “Julia”.

Her narration of “Call the Midwife” has brought her voice to millions. She recently appeared in “The Inheritance in the West End” for which she was nominated for a 2019 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

The reigning matriarch of Britain’s most famous acting dynasty and veteran of stage and screen joins her friend Terry Waite CBE.

The event is sponsored by Theatre Royal’s Autumn Sponsor, Churchgates.

Robin Jackson, director at Churchgates, said: “The Theatre Royal is the hub of our community here in Bury St Edmunds and beyond and the people within have shown great positivity, innovation and resilience during such difficult times for the Arts World.  We are delighted to support and promote such a wonderful gem, and look forward to all the fantastic events they are planning.”

Tickets are for a whole pew which can seat up to six people. Each pew has at least a two-metre space clear around it. They go on sale tomorrow, Friday, October 16, at 10am, for the event which is due to take place on Sunday, November 1.

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