Fifth annual Gala Dinner & Performance 2019

The fifth annual Gala Dinner and Performance saw two hundred and eighty guests fill Wakefield Cathedral on Friday 15 March to celebrate and raise money for Theatre Royal Wakefield and their work with young people.

The evening commenced with a two course dinner catered by Wakefield’s Create Café and was followed by an auction in the luxurious surroundings of Wakefield Cathedral. Lots such as cake decorating with Wakefield’s Karen Wright, chance to see Ian McKellen on Stage with a meet and greet and afternoon tea with Mary Creagh MP in the Palace of Westminster, were all generously bidded on. Guests then made their way down to the Theatre for the Gala Performance.

This annual fundraising event supports work with the learning and participation programmes designed by the Theatre in their mission to create great art accessible to all. Beneficiaries include projects for young people like Theatre Royal Wakefield’s Performance Academy, Musical Theatre workshops for learning disabled young people (CHIME), theatre projects for refugee and asylum seekers (Stories) and targeted workshops for older or isolated people.

Hosted by BBC Radio Leeds presenter, Nick Ahad, guests enjoyed performances from juggler Chris Marley, magic from Chris Cross, music from Alison George, Ben Lancaster, Dan Smith and the Punjabi Roots Academy. The evening also showcased plenty of singing and dancing from Theatre Royal Wakefield’s Performance Academy students.


Sarah Shooter, Theatre Royal Wakefield’s Head of Fundraising and Partnerships, said “Each year our Gala Dinner and Performance goes from strength to strength. To be able to raise funds while showcasing what amazing talent we have in Wakefield is a real pleasure. It’s the perfect chance to show all the amazing work that comes from the generous donations this event generates”


Theatre Royal Wakefield offers 60 bursaries for weekly training sessions, which are held in three separate academies across the Wakefield District. To sponsor a bursary place, please contact: sarah.shooter@theatreroyalwakefield.co.uk

The Gala Dinner 2020 is already set for 13 March next year. Tickets will be available in November.

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