Stars shine for Friendship Works

British film and theatre legends took to the stage at Shakespeare’s Underglobe on Sunday to support Friendship Works and raise over £45,000 for children needing mentors.

Longstanding Friendship Works Patron Tim Pigott-Smith produced the show, which was the focus of the charity’s annual gala event and included a wonderful array of unique performances chosen by the stars themselves, from music to comedy and theatre.

Every piece was a highlight, with the 100 guests enjoying an improvisational song from Sir Richard Stilgoe, based on spontaneous contributions from the audience, Mark Thomas’ unique brand of comedy and tales from the courtroom as Baroness Helena Kennedy QC reflected on some of her more unusual experiences as a Human Rights lawyer. Jon Snow performed a duet with singing sensation Mara Carlisle, Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons recited a poem and sang and played guitar, and Friendship Works Patron Jonathan Pryce CBE performed two numbers with Shane Attwooll and Bill Clift.

Guests enjoyed a sparkling wine reception before the show and later sat down to enjoy a seasonal three-course meal. After dinner Jon Snow auctioned amazing items including two lots of tickets to the premiere of G.I. Joe: Retaliation and a champagne afternoon tea with Charles Dance.

It turned out that the celebrities were not the only stars of the show, as Friendship Works mentor and mentee Stuart and Paul did a fantastic job of sharing their mentoring story with guests and reminding everyone how important good friends are and how mentoring can help young people achieve their potential.

We would like to thank Tim Pigott-Smith, all of the star performers, the Underglobe, every guest, our prize donors and Paul and Stuart for making the event such a success.