Auction opportunity to take tea with star Gatiss

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League of Gentlemen star Mark Gatiss is offering to take a fan in the area out for afternoon tea as part of a charity auction.

The Sherlock Holmes writer is taking the lead role in The Madness of George III at Nottingham Playhouse during November. Gatiss, and his co-star, Olivier-award winning actor Adrian Scarborough will be taking bids for the ‘money-can’t buy’ experience in order to raise funds for Nottingham Playhouse’s 70th Anniversary Fund.

The exclusive auction will be hosted during Nottingham Playhouse’s 70th Anniversary Gala, which takes place Thursday, November 22.

Stephanie Sirr, chief executive at Nottingham Playhouse said: “Afternoon tea with Mark Gatiss and Adrian Scarborough is the first of many amazing prizes we’re due to offer at our exclusive 70th Anniversary Gala auction.

“Many people don’t realise that Nottingham Playhouse is a charity, and so we are continually looking to raise funds for the important work we do at the theatre, and within the community. We hope to raise a total of £25,000 through our Gala event, so watch this space for the announcement of even more exciting ‘money-can’t-buy’ prizes.”

Tickets are now on sale for the event, sponsored by Nottingham-based firm Russell Scanlan, which includes the evening performance of The Madness of George III, a star-studded drinks reception, access to the exclusive auction and post-performance party.

Stephanie added: “We’re so grateful that Mark Gatiss and Adrian Scarborough are supporting our work and very thankful to our Gala sponsor Russell Scanlan.

“The Gala is set to be lots of fun, with a number of famous faces due to join us at the event – we want it to be a chance for people to get dressed up, enjoy an amazing show and raise money for causes that really do make a huge difference to people in Nottingham and the East Midlands.”

The event which also marks 70 years of the Playhouse, will be raising money in support of its 50:50 ticket appeal, SHINE children’s workshops and artist development programme Amplify.

Tickets for the Gala are priced at £80 per ticket and can be purchased at Nottingham Playhouse Box Office, in person or over the phone. Group and corporate discounts are available. Playhouse Pass holders can also buy individual tickets in varying prices with 15 per cent off.

For more information visit www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk