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VIDEO: Inside Rehearsals for Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Old Friends’

First Look 

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | April 27, 2022

As we previously reported here, Damian has joined The Old Friends gala to celebrate the legacy of the legendary Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s life and work in a one-night-only performance for the Sondheim Foundation. The fundraising event will take place at The Sondheim Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue in London’s West End on May 3, 2022 at 8:00 p.m.

Now, let’s go inside rehearsals and see if we can spy a Ginger. Enjoy the sneak peek video:

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Categories Charity Old Friends Philanthropy Theatre

Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Old Friends’ Will Be Broadcast Live to Prince Edward Theatre

Simulcast: Live Gala Screening

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | March 30, 2022

As previously reported here, Damian Lewis will take part in the The Old Friends gala fundraising event at the Sondheim Theatre in London’s West End on May 3, 2022 at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets sold out within a couple of hours when they went on sale, leaving thousands of disappointed fans unable to get tickets.

As the Sondheim Theatre only holds 1,100 seats, Cameron Mackintosh wanted to extend this experience to a wider audience and will transform the Prince Edward Theatre into a unique theatrical event powered by The Luna Cinema and transmit live from the Sondheim Theatre.

The event will start from 7:00 p.m. on May 3 with a live broadcast from the Sondheim leading up to the Gala commencing at 8:00 p.m.

Everyone involved agreeing to this special screening will now allow over 2,500 to see the performance. All profits from the evening at both the Sondheim and Prince Edward Theatres will go to the Stephen Sondheim Foundation.

To book tickets ahead of general on sale later today, please click here. Tickets will be sent by email 24 hours prior to the event. For the latest venue information and guidance regarding CoVid-19, please click here.

Source: Delfont Mackintosh Theatres, Ltd.

Categories Charity Golf Personal and Family Life Philanthropy

Damian Lewis Joins “Auction for Ukraine” Aid Campaign

Online Auction to Raise Money for Ukraine

by Damianista | damian-lewis.com | March 23, 2022

Damian grabs his golf club and bag again – this time for an online auction of celebrity events and items to raise money for Ukrainians. You and your guest will play at the world-renowned Wentworth Club on a mutually agreed upon date.

Chris Evans, the host of the popular radio show The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky launched the online auction and it is hosted by the online auction company Bid-In free of charge. The auction will be live until Friday, March 25, 2022 and all the proceeds will go to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).

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Categories Announcement Charity Events Football/Soccer Philanthropy

Damian Lewis Joins Soccer Aid 2022

Soccer Aid for UNICEF: Two Teams, One Goal

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | March 22, 2022

Today it was announced that Damian will return for Soccer Aid 2022, joining Team England.

Damian played in the very first Soccer Aid back in 2006 and has gone on to make several subsequent appearances in the match, mainly as a central midfielder.

A source said: “Damian’s had an incredibly hard year after losing Helen but when Soccer Aid approached him about being part of the charity game, he wanted to help out. Damian is a massive Liverpool FC fan and can’t wait to get out on the pitch.”

This year’s celebrity charity match has been moved from Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge to London Stadium, featuring a special half time show from Mr. Soccer Aid himself, UNICEF UK Ambassador, Robbie Williams. Prices starting from £10 for children, £20 for adults and premium from £75. A family of four (2 adults, 2 children) can attend from £60.

Team favorites Usain Bolt, Tom Grennan and Martin Compston will lace up their boots once again to play alongside footballing legends Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher and Patrice Evra. Taking to the pitch for the first time, new signings for 2022 include Alex Brooker, Lucien Laviscount and Liam Payne as captain of the England team.

Visit our Gallery here for more photos (work in progress).  We’ll keep adding photos as they come in up to, and through the June match. Keep checking back!

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Categories Awards Charity Helen Personal and Family Life Philanthropy

Damian Lewis Will Present The McCrory Award in June

The McCrory Award Exhibit

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | March 20, 2022

Photo Cred: Debbi Clark

Debbi Clark, CEO and founder of Sir Hubert von Herkomer Arts Foundation, announced on Instagram Friday, March 18, 2022 that a photography exhibition in honor of former Patron Helen McCrory will be held at the opening of Alon Zakaim Fine Arts’ new gallery space on Cork St. in London on June 15, 2022, with donation proceeds going to HvH Arts Foundation.

The McCrory Award event will feature exclusive prints of Helen McCrory donated by eight photographers, as well as Clark’s own prints. A series of images of artists close to Helen have honored this event to allow Clark to take their portrait as well. In addition to Damian Lewis, Helen’s close friends such as, Jude Law, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sadie Frost, Helena Bonham Carter, Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Fay Ripley and Sienna Miller have agreed to sales of their image with 100% of proceeds donated to The McCrory Award, per Debbi Clark Photography’s Instagram post here.

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Categories Charity Old Friends Philanthropy Theatre

Damian Lewis Confirmed for Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Old Friends’ Gala

A Celebration in Aid of the Sondheim Foundation 

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | March 3, 2022

The Old Friends gala is a celebratory salute to the legacy of the legendary Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s life and work in a one-night-only performance for the Sondheim Foundation. With over 30 Broadway and West End all-star cast members confirmed, audiences will be enthralled with appearances by performers who have starred in Sondheim’s work over the decades such as, Damian Lewis, Dame Judi Dench, Bernadette Peters, Imelda Staunton, Hannah Waddingham, Elaine Paige, Michael Ball, Daniel Evans, Petula Clark, Bonnie Langford, Adrian Lester and Clive Rowe, with more names yet to be announced. Dame Judi Dench is said to be performing ‘Send in the Clowns’ from A Little Night Music and Bernadette Peters will perform ‘Losing My Mind’ from Follies.

As for Damian’s act, we can only speculate at this point that he will reprise a song he sang during his 1998 performance in Into the Woods. Damian played both the Wolf and Cinderella’s Prince singing ‘Hello, Little Girl’ and ‘Agony,’ but also sang with Company on the following numbers: ‘Opening: Into The Woods,’ ‘First Midnight,’ ‘Second Midnight,’ ‘Opening: So Happy’ and the ‘Finale: Act One and Act Two.’  Visit our Gallery here for program information about that production.

The fundraising event will take place at The Sondheim Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue in London’s West End on May 3, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. There will be a 26-piece orchestra conducted by Alfonso Casado Trigo for the event. Tickets go on sale March 15 here.

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Categories Charity Helen Personal and Family Life Philanthropy

The Helen McCrory Studio Theatre

“Be yourself. Comparisons are odious. To thine own self be true.”

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | November 24, 2021

Photo: Debbi Clark – Sir HvH Arts Instagram

Damian Lewis, patron of Sir HvH Arts Foundation was in attendance for the official opening of The Helen McCrory Studio Theatre at Francis Holland School Regent’s Park (FHS). The grand opening of the Art, Drama and Music studios was held on Tuesday November 23, 2021 from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm. The drama studio theatre is in honor of the late Sir HvH Arts Foundation patron Helen McCrory, who made an invaluable contribution to Drama at FHS.

Guests were given guided group tours of the new facilities where FHS students showcased the high caliber of work they produce during their art, drama and music lessons. In The Helen McCrory Studio Theatre, students performed costume rehearsals for the upcoming performance of Jane Eyre at the Steiner Theatre. Helen devoted much time and passion to HvH Arts, with Francis Holland School Regent’s Park being one of the foundation’s main sponsors over the years.

For more information about the foundation, visit Sir HvH Arts website here.