Almeida Theatre to Present Benefit of Star Child With Stephen Fry, Catherine Tate, Juliet Stevenson

News   Almeida Theatre to Present Benefit of Star Child With Stephen Fry, Catherine Tate, Juliet Stevenson
 
A cast that includes Stephen Fry, Henry Goodman, Stephen Mangan, the Marquez Brothers Martin and John, Natascha McElhone, Bill Paterson, Maggie Steed, Juliet Stevenson, Catherine Tate and Olivia Williams will appear in Patrick Barlow's Star Child, being presented for one night only at London's Almeida Theatre Dec. 5.

The performance will be presented in aid of the Art Room Charity. The cast will be accompanied by musicians and a children's choir.

According to press materials, the play is a nativity play like no other. Woven through with myths and beliefs from many cultures, Barlow's play upends the traditional Christmas tale and retells it as a story relevant for now. Mary doesn't want the baby, the holy star goes awol, there's a talking donkey, an over-excited midwife, three wise women and a shepherd with an angel-obsession. Not to mention a disgruntled God who wakes in the nick of time to see the earth facing disaster and a Herod who wages war on the world's children.

The Art Room is a charity offering art as therapy to children and young people aged 5-16 who may be at risk of exclusion from school. Employing psychotherapists, teachers and artists, art is used to raise the young people's self-esteem, self confidence and independence.

Barlow's other plays include his adaptation of John Buchan's The 39 Steps, currently running at the West End's Criterion Theatre and Off-Broadway's New World Stages.

To book tickets, priced £75, contact the box office on 020 7359 4404, or visit www.almeida.co.uk.

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