Riverside Studios to host charity quiz nights
London theatre news: Wednesday 22 April 2020
Quiz - Theatres
Riverside Studios launches a series of star-hosted online quizzes to raise funds for Riverside Trust and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.
Riverside Studios main entrance - photo: Victor Frankowski
Here's a rare chance for you to take part in a celebrity-hosted quiz being run by Riverside Studios ...
The recently re-opened, multi-arts venue in Hammersmith is launching a series of online fundraising quizzes hosted by stars of stage and screen in order to raise funds to ensure it can continue its current artistic offering beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
(From left) Gyles Brandreth, Stephen Fry, Jo Brand
The series will kick-off with an inaugural virtual quiz night on Wednesday 29 April hosted by the much-loved author and presenter Gyles Brandreth, followed by legendary actor and presenter Stephen Fry asking the questions on Wednesday 13 May, with comedian Jo Brand at the forefront on a later date (to be confirmed).
Curated by QI and Blackadder producer John Lloyd, participants will answer 6 rounds of questions from the worlds of music, theatre, cinema, comedy, art and food and drink, with a chance to win luxury prizes.
The winner will get a dinner for 4 (value £300) at brasserie Sam's Riverside, with other prizes including subscriptions to healthy recipe box service Mindful Chef, online streaming service MUBI and for film lovers, 12 months' worth of tickets for Riverside Studios' brand-new state of the art cinema.
Money raised from the quizzes will help ensure Riverside is able to continue putting on the very best theatre, film and comedy after the coronavirus crisis is over.
And ... 10% of proceeds raised will go to Riverside Studios' local NHS charity, the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, which supports five hospitals around Hammersmith.
Riverside's Artistic Director/CEO, William Burdett-Coutts, said ...
"Like every arts venue in London and across the UK, Riverside Studios has suffered hugely from the COVID-19 pandemic, losing all its revenue over the past 4 weeks.
As a charity that receives no public funding, we need to safeguard the future of our historic venue and ensure we can continue showcasing talent.
All our hosts have some relationship with the building.
Gyles Brandreth played Lady Bracknell in a musical version of The Importance of Being Ernest and will hopefully be back in a show at Christmas.
Jo Brand took part in the London Comedy Festival; and Stephen Fry performed at Riverside early in his career.
Riverside Studios has always been about both the local and wider community, and the Charity Quiz Nights are a great way for our audiences to get involved, have some fun, have the chance to win some amazing prizes, all for a great cause."
Reopening its doors to the public in November 2019 after a five-year redevelopment, Riverside Studios firmly re-established itself as one of London's finest multi-arts venues.
If you're unfamiliar with the venue and its work, here's an interesting film about it ...
And there's more from Riverside with its Virtual Riverside content offering ... a collection of community activities and curated programming from across the internet to keep you occupied and engaged during the Coronavirus lockdown.
Hosts for the quiz nights
29th April, 6.30-7.30pm - Gyles Brandreth
13th May, 6.30-7.30pm - Stephen Fry
Jo Brand (date to be confirmed)
Price of ticket: £25
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