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Photos from An Afternoon Less Ordinary

22 July 2009

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Theatre
Photos from the celebrity event held at the Royal Court which celebrated the first three months of A Night Less Ordinary - an Arts Council England scheme that has already given almost 50,000 free theatre tickets to under 26 year olds.

The news of 50,000 free tickets given away to under 26 year olds was announced by Mackenzie Crook, star of Pirates of the Caribbean and The Office, at Tuesday’s celebratory Afternoon Less Ordinary event. The event featured a rehearsed play reading starring Russell Tovey (History Boys, Being Human), Gina McKee (Notting Hill, In the Loop), Simon Paisley-Day (Entertaining Mr Sloane, The 39 Steps) and Flora Spencer-Longhurst (The Unforgiven, Wallender).

The event was attended by an enthusiastic crowd of more than 200 under 26 year olds who attended for free through A Night Less Ordinary. After the performance they mingled with the celebrity cast, representatives from participating theatres and VIPs including the Secretary of State for Culture Ben Bradshaw and Arts Council England Chief Executive Alan Davey at an informal reception.

All photos: Philippa Gedge.

You can download high-res copies of these photos by clicking on the image. If you have any problems downloading the images please contact Nick Adams on 0207 973 5549 or nick.adams@artscouncil.org.uk

You can download high-res copies of these photos by clicking on the image. If you have any problems downloading the images please contact Nick Adams on 0207 973 5549 or nick.adams@artscouncil.org.uk

You can download high-res copies of these photos by clicking on the image. If you have any problems downloading the images please contact Nick Adams on 0207 973 5549 or nick.adams@artscouncil.org.uk

You can download high-res copies of these photos by clicking on the image. If you have any problems downloading the images please contact Nick Adams on 0207 973 5549 or nick.adams@artscouncil.org.uk

You can download high-res copies of these photos by clicking on the image. If you have any problems downloading the images please contact Nick Adams on 0207 973 5549 or nick.adams@artscouncil.org.uk

You can download high-res copies of these photos by clicking on the image. If you have any problems downloading the images please contact Nick Adams on 0207 973 5549 or nick.adams@artscouncil.org.uk

You can download high-res copies of these photos by clicking on the image. If you have any problems downloading the images please contact Nick Adams on 0207 973 5549 or nick.adams@artscouncil.org.uk

Notes to editors

1. A Night Less Ordinary is an Arts Council England initiative supported by £2.5 million extra funding from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The initiative will provide 618,000 free theatre tickets for under 26 year olds in more than 200 venues across England, between February 2009 and March 2011. 2. For a regional breakdown of the first quarter’s figures of A Night Less Ordinary, see the press pack, email emma.russell@artscouncil.org.uk, or go to http://www.artscouncil.org.uk. 3. Arts Council England works to get great art to everyone by championing, developing and investing in artistic experiences that enrich people’s lives. As the national development agency for the arts, we support a range of artistic activities from theatre to music, literature to dance, photography to digital art, and carnival to crafts. Great art inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves, and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2008 and 2011, we will invest £1.3 billion of public money from government and a further £0.3 billion from the National Lottery to create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. – ends –