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Richmond Theatre charity Gala night

Raising money in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Theatres for Theatres Campaign and Richmond Theatre Trust with Peter Pan Tuesday 10 December, 7pm

Everyone knows that a great pantomime needs a brave hero to take on the dastardly villain, a sprinkling of magic, and for good to triumph at the end of the day. This year Richmond Theatre will be supporting the good guys both on and off stage during the run of this year’s pantomime, Peter Pan, by fundraising in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Theatres for Theatres appeal and the Richmond Theatre Trust (RTT).

Richmond Theatre will be raising money for the Theatres for Theatres appeal and RTT throughout the festive period, but the main fundraising event will be their Gala Night Performance on Tuesday 10 December. With VIP guests, members of the press, and representatives from Great Ormond Street Hospital on the invite list it looks set to be a fantastic evening and the theatre hopes to raise a significant amount in donations.

Theatres for Theatres is an appeal which aims to engage the theatre and performing arts communities to help fund the future of the operating theatres at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Great Ormond Street Hospital performs nearly 18,000 operations on its young patients each year. As medical advances continue, it is expected that the hospital will need to treat increasingly smaller and sicker children with complex medical needs. They need to ensure that the facilities provided truly match the skills and expertise of their surgeons and clinical staff in order to continue delivering world class care.

The challenge is to build and equip a suite of new operating theatres situated in the new clinical building due to open in 2017. The new state-of-the-art theatres will be used to support fast and safe surgery and to minimise the amount of time that a patient is under anaesthetic. Their design and layout will also improve efficiency to help the hospital cope with increasing demand on services. When the new building opens it is hoped that the hospital will be able to treat up to 20% more children in truly state-of-the-art facilities.

Rosemary Squire OBE, Chair of the Theatres for Theatres appeal and co-founder and joint Chief Executive of the Ambassador Theatre Group, which manages Richmond Theatre, has been involved with the appeal since the start: 'The level of success which the Theatres for Theatres appeal has experienced so far has been overwhelming. Now as we enter Act II of the project there is still much work to be done to ensure that as many families as possible can benefit from the improved facilities which these funds will provide. I’m delighted that Richmond Theatre will be continuing the great work of the theatre community with their Gala Performance and helping the hospital to deliver world-class care to children who truly deserve it'.

All funds raised will be split between the two charities, with the money given to RTT helping to support the theatre’s Creative Learning and Access work in the local community covering the boroughs of Richmond upon Thames, Hounslow, Ealing and Kingston.

Kate Wrightson, General Manager of Richmond Theatre, says: 'We are proud that this pantomime season we will be supporting the work of Great Ormond Street Hospital through their Theatres for Theatres campaign, at the same time as helping our local community through the valuable work of RTT. Knowing that the funds we raise will have such a positive impact on the lives of so many families will be a fantastic motivation for all of the staff at Richmond Theatre throughout the festive season'.

Join Peter, Wendy and the Lost Boys as they take on the villainous Captain Hook, played by the legendary star of TV and film Henry Winkler, best known for his role as The Fonz in US TV show Happy Days. Full of wonderful songs, dancing pirates and more than a sprinkle of fairy dust, this year’s production of Peter Pan is sure to delight the whole family. So if you believe in fairies, hook your tickets now for this perfect panto full of family-friendly festive fun!