News: West End Bake Off Breaks Fund Raising Record!


Theatrical charity Acting for Others today announces that £9,500 was raised at the fourth annual West End Bake Off last weekend; breaking all previous records for monies raised at this event, which has become a calendar marked day for shows in the West End. The same day His Royal Highness Prince Harry married Meghan Markle, top West End shows brought cake creations to be judged by Christopher Biggins, Wendi Peters and Ruthie Henshall.

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Taking the crown this year was Young Frankenstein beating 17 other shows including The Lion King, Mamma Mia! and last year’s winners 42nd Street. This year saw the companies go all out to celebrate the Royal Wedding, there was a Royal carriage adorning the Les Misérables stand, The Comedy About a Bank Robbery had the blue prints to Buckingham Palace with a plan to steal the crown jewels and a wedding dress cake from Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.

Stars of the shows also popped in to show their support including Cuba Gooding Jr and an impromptu auction took place with Cleve September and Michael Jibson selling limited edition Hamilton t-shirts signed by the company.

West End Bake Off is supported by Official London Theatre and Mackintosh Foundation.

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Info on Acting For Others

Acting for Others Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 15 member charities. These charities are:


Actors’ Children’s Trust

Actors’ Children’s Trust funds the children of professional actors, from birth to graduation. We consider grants for childcare, sports, music and activities, special needs assessments and support, kit and clothing, transport, school trips and student grants.


Dancers’ Career Development

A dancer’s working life is so soon over – no other career demands so much and is over so quickly.

Dancers’ Career Development (DCD) is a registered charity, which supports all professional dancers in the UK, from all genres, to make the transition from professional dancing to a new career.


The Dance Professionals Fund

The Dance Professionals Fund (the working name of the Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund) aims to support people in the dance world throughout their lives, including into retirement. The charity helps professional dancers, choreographers and choreologists, as well as dance teachers from a range of different dance disciplines. Be it illness, injury, financial or personal difficulties, the Dance Professionals Fund (DPF) is there to help.


Denville Hall

Denville Hall is a residential, nursing and dementia care home for elderly members of the theatrical profession.


Drury Lane Theatrical Fund

To give help to subscribers and where possible to performers and stage management who have worked at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.


Equity Charitable Trust

Since its inception in 1989, the Equity Charitable Trust has helped myriad industry professionals retrain, re-qualify and obtain valuable new skill sets for those wanting to leave the profession or develop a second income stream.  In addition to the educational arm, it offers one-off welfare grants to industry members who are experiencing a health or professional setback.


Evelyn Norris Trust

The Evelyn Norris Trust was established in 1968 to provide holiday and respite grants to members of the concert and theatrical professions who are convalescing or need a longed-for break.


Grand Order of Water Rats Charities Fund

The Grand Order of Water Rats Charities Fund is a show business charity brotherhood, established in 1889 by a small group of well-known music hall performers with the motto “Philanthropy, Conviviality and Sociability”! Its aim is to have fun whilst staging events which would raise funds to support fellow artists who were struggling.


International Performers’ Aid Trust

IPAT’s aim is to relieve acute poverty amongst people in the performing arts in the world at large.

King George V Fund for Actors and Actresses

The King George V Fund awards grants to British actors and actresses whose service to their profession merits recognition and who would benefit from a grant.


Ralph and Meriel Richardson Foundation

The Foundation was established by Lady Meriel (Mu) Richardson after the untimely death of the Richardsons’ only son, Charles, to relieve the need, hardship or distress of British actors and actresses (and their spouses and children) who, after a long and established contribution to the theatrical arts, find themselves in less fortunate circumstances.


The Royal Opera House Benevolent Fund

The charity provides confidential advice, support and financial assistance to those past and present employees of the Royal Opera House and Birmingham Royal Ballet and their dependants who are in need and deserve help.


The Royal Theatrical Fund

The Royal Theatrical Fund provides support for people of all ages who have worked in the entertainment industry. They are people in need as a result of illness, accident or old age.


Theatre Chaplaincy UK

Theatre Chaplaincy UK provides pastoral and practical support to people of all faiths and none who are engaged in the performing arts.


The Theatrical Guild

The Theatrical Guild is dedicated to supporting those who work backstage and front of house in theatres across the UK, including light and sound technicians, wardrobe assistants, costume designers, stage managers, box office staff and ushers. It offers a variety of support to those in need of help including financial assistance, sponsorship for education / re-training within the industry, and access to counselling, etc.

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