Charley's Aunt - free online reading

London theatre news: Thursday 25 March 2021

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Proud Haddock will present a free, online reading of the popular farce, Charley's Aunt, featuring an all-star cast and raising funds for the Equity Charitable Trust.
Charley's Aunt - free Online reading from Proud Haddock

Image courtesy Proud Haddock

Gyles Brandreth is set to perform alongside Gary Wilmot MBE and renowned singer and actress Issy van Randwyck in Proud Haddock's online reading of the popular farce, Charley's Aunt, by Brandon Thomas.

Also joining the cast will be current Hamilton star Karl Queensborough (Hamilton, Victoria Palace Theatre; Enterprise, BBC), Ruby Bentall (Poldark and Lark Rise to Candleford, BBC), Will Hislop (Military Wives, BBC; Gangs of London, Sky) and Oliver Beamish (Coronation Street, ITV; War Horse, National Theatre).

Skye Hallam (The Skin Game, Proud Haddock; Intrigo: Samaria, Enderby Entertainment;) will also perform in the reading with Ed MacArthur (Murder for Two, The Other Palace; Ed MacArthur: Humoresque, Edinburgh Fringe) and Katie Okehurst (Pride and Prejudice, RADA).

The reading will be streamed live on YouTube at 7.30pm on Sunday 11 April 2021 and will then be available to stream from Monday 12 to Sunday 18 April.

Aside from providing some much-needed entertainment in these difficult times, the reading will also be raising money for the Equity Charitable Trust, which provides financial support to those in need in the theatre industry (the link to donate is given below).

Jimmy Walters, Proud haddock's Artistic Director, said ...

"We are so excited for this wonderful cast to read Charley's Aunt.

It is one of the most popular comedies of all time and the perfect play for now.

We are also delighted to be raising donations for the Equity Charitable Trust; a wonderful charity that offers care and financial support to those in our industry who really need it.

Your collective support is appreciated beyond words.

Thank you."

Show listing information


Two Oxford undergraduates, Jack and Charley, in an attempt to woo two girls, invite them over for lunch to meet Charley's aunt.

However, when they learn that her visit has been postponed last minute, they persuade their fellow student Lord Fancourt to dress up and impersonate the aunt.

The reading will be streamed live on YouTube on Sunday 11th April, 7.30pm and available to stream Monday 12th - Sunday 18th April.

While providing a hilarious streamed evening of entertainment, the reading will also be raising funds for the Equity Charitable Trust, which provides financial support to those in need in the theatre industry.


Gyles Brandreth

Gary Wilmot

Issy Van Randwyck

Karl Queensborough

Ruby Bentall

Will Hislop

Oliver Beamish

Skye Hallam

Ed MacArthur

Katie Okehurst


Author: Brandon Thomas
Production: Proud Haddock




From: Sunday 11 April 2021

Closed: Sunday 18 April 2021


Standard: Free (donations welcome here)


Show website
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Streaming link

Make donations here

Proud Haddock website

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