by Park Theatre

Superlatives escape me in attempting to describe with accuracy, just how glamorous the Park Theatre gala was on Friday night. Therefore, I shall name drop - use lots of links to press articles published today and finish off with an Oscar - style list of thank you’s. Im in PR - what can I say...

Incredible host: Ian McKellen, tick. London’s best auctioneer: Jeffery Archer (as quoted in Tatler today), tick. A magical venue and enough stars to form a constellation, big tick. And most importantly...drum roll - we raised enough money to build the education floor!!!!!

Our guests, many of whom hosted tables on behalf of Park Theatre, included: Benedict Cumberbatch, Evgeny Lebedev, Stephen Daldry, Stephen Poliakoff, Tom Stoppard, Patrick Stewart, Romola Garai, Alan Yentob, Anna Maxwell Martin, Maureen Lipman, Lord Jeffrey Archer, Celia Imrie, Sean Mathias, Timberlake Wertenbaker, Rupert Goold, Josie Laurence, Tom Ellis, Tamzin Outhwaite, Tim Piggot-Smith, Kate Magowan and Olivia Poulet.

At the risk of sounding like an oscars acceptance speech I will now unashemedly use this blog to thank all those who gave prizes, gave their time and gave their unadulterated support. For the prizes thanks to: Les Secrets des Grands Chefs (SGC), American Airlines, Stephen Fry, Alan Rickman, Celia Imrie and Sonia Friedman; Spencer Hart, Compass Box Whisky, Quintessentially Flowers, Bordelle, The Ritz, The Savoy, The Atheneaum and Milktwosugars. Thanks to Enologia for providing all the wine for the evening.  Ian McKellen for hosting and for his surprise donation: A copy of The Hobbit signed by the entire cast and Peter Jackson. To Richard Young for taking the photos and to everyone for being in them. To Charlie Ward, Amy Lumsden, Chris McGill, Gail Jermyn, Sarah Rutherford and to Park’s fabulous board and ambassadors.

Of course none of this would have been possible without Melli and Jez Bond who are, as Sean Mathias said, “AMAZING”. They looked completely stunning - I can safely say they scrub up well sans hard hat!

The auction and raffle raised £82,000...and with ticket sales we surpassed our wildest dreams for the evening. The entire team couldn’t be more thrilled.

NB: This is the second time I’ve written this blog (I accidently deleted the first one) - so I shall sleep now before I crash my computer.

Goodnight x

1 comment


I am delighted the evening went so well. I visited the Park just recently with a friend who used to live locally and we were impressed with the progress you have made.

By Steve Harris | Wed 31 Oct 2012

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