Carey Mulligan and her husband Marcus Mumford called on the help of famous friends for a star-studded evening of entertainment that raised more than £300,000 for War Child.
The couple plan to host the event every year, although Mulligan said that she would never be tempted to join the Mumford & Sons frontman on stage in a singalong.
The War Child Winter Wassail at the LSO St Luke’s was four months in the planning, with Mulligan dedicating herself to the cause during a six-month break from acting.
Michael Sheen kicked off proceedings by reading some Dylan Thomas, with other readings from Mulligan, Jeremy Irvine, Ben Whishaw and Helena Bonham Carter. Mumford performed with a supergroup made up of members of Mumford & Sons, The National, Keane and Noah And The Whale. Also on the bill were Ellie Goulding, Emeli Sandé, the London African Gospel choir and Cristina Fray, star of Matilda The Musical.
Mulligan told the Standard: “We started by asking our friends and once The National were on board everyone else said yes straight away as they wanted to see them. It was like a variety show — it was unbelievable. This is something we want to do annually.”
Mulligan become an ambassador for War Child after being introduced to it by her brother Owain, who is an Army captain. She said: “Children are children, no matter where they are in the world, and they should have no place in war.”
Hollywood star Carey Mulligan returned to her Welsh roots today as she joined her mother and grandmother for a walk in the fight against dementia.
The award-winning actress, who has appeared in The Great Gatsby opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, is an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society and was keen to be among the 1,700 participants at the Swansea Memory Walk.
As well as taking part in the 10km trek, the Bafta-winning actress opened the event at Swansea Marina which is expected to have raised tens of thousands of pounds for people with dementia and their carers.
She was joined on the day by her mother Nano Mulligan, who is from Llandeilo, and her grandmother, Nans, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2002 when Carey was a teenager and now lives in a care home in Pontardawe.
“It has been inspirational to see so many people of different ages come together today to fight dementia,” said the actress who was recently seen in the National Theatre’s acclaimed production Skylight opposite Bill Nighy.
“I only ever had experience with Nans and how she went through it, but when you meet other people, you realise how different it is from person to person.
“It’s such an individual thing and that’s a reminder about how unique everyone is and how important it is to respect each person for who they really are.
“Our family lives with dementia and we have seen how devastating it can be. I can’t imagine how we would deal with it if we didn’t have the help that we have – the amazing home that Nans is in and the incredible support of Alzheimer’s Society.”
Memory Walk is Alzheimer’s Society’s flagship fundraising event which sees walks taking place around the UK throughout the autumn. It is a day to walk, share and celebrate someone special and everyone walks with one common goal: to defeat dementia.
Funds raised from Swansea Memory Walk will be used to support people living with dementia and their carers and to fund research into finding a cure.
Carey Mulligan has become War Child UK’s latest global ambassador.
The Great Gatsby actress will help the organisation fund raise and promote its work in war zones around the world.
She decided to join the charity after her brother came into contact with War Child UK during his time serving in Afghanistan.
On her new role, Mulligan said: “When I started to learn about War Child’s programmes, I knew immediately that I wanted to be involved.
“It’s unbearable that the places that are being targeted are the very places that children should be safe. Children no different to my 3-year-old godson. Children are children, no matter where they are in the world and they should have no place in war.”
War Child UK’s CEO, Rob Williams, added: “We are really delighted that Carey has chosen to work with us to protect children caught up in conflict zones. I know that her commitment to this is immensely strong, based on a deep concern for children facing extreme situations in conflicts around the world.”
Mulligan will travel abroad later this year to see the work carried out by War Child UK. She will also take part in the charity’s BBC Radio 4 appeal, which will be broadcast on Sunday (September 28).
There had been a buzz in the air, but it has finally been confirmed that Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan will be travelling across the pond to star in the Broadway transfer of David Hare’s Skylight.
The show, staged by Stephen Daldry, tells the story of a teacher named Kyra Hollis (Mulligan) who receives an unexpected visit from her former lover Tom Sergeant (Nighy), a successful restauranteur who’s wife has recently passed away. As the night progresses, the pair try and rekindle their romance, but are both met with opposing ideologies and desires. The show also stars Matthew Beard.
Skylight finished its West End at the Wyndham’s Theatre in August, and as of March 16, 2015 will be showing at John Golden Theatre for a limited 13 week run. The show was met with critical acclaim (THN even gave it five stars!) and according to producer Scott Rudin, recouped its show budget after just five weeks. There is no doubt that this show will get Tonys a-buzzing next year!
Breaking Wyndham’s Theatre Box Office records for the highest grossing show, Stephen Daldry’s production of David Hare’s Skylight has “recouped within five weeks of its opening”.
Skylight, which opened at the Wyndham’s Theatre on 18th June 2014, stars Bill Nighy as Tom Sergeant, Carey Mulligan as Kyra Hollis and Matthew Beard as Edward Sergeant. Hare’s Olivier award-winning play, which runs until 23rd August 2014 in a strictly limited season, has designs are by Bob Crowley with lighting by Natasha Katz, sound by Paul Arditti and music by Paul Englishby.
This Thursday, 17th July 2014 at 7pm, there will be a National Theatre Live performance of Skylight. NT Live is the National Theatre’s innovative project to broadcast the best of British Theatre live from the stage to cinemas across the UK and around the world. http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/
David Hare’s Skylight opened at the National Theatre on May 4 1995. Directed by Richard Eyre, it starred Michael Gambon, Lia Williams and Daniel Betts – and was instantly acclaimed as a masterpiece, winning the Olivier for best new play for that year. A West End production, in which Bill Nighy and Stella Gonet took over the leading roles, ran in the West End the following year, but it has not been seen since.
In this revival, directed by Stephen Daldry, Nighy returns to the part of Tom Sergeant, a rich restaurateur who seeks out his former lover, now a teacher, living in East London. She is played by Carey Mulligan, and Sergeant’s son Edward by Matthew Beard. The conversations between the trio, in particular the great debate between Tom and Kyra in which their love for each other is tested by their different views of the world, make Skylight riveting drama.
Sarah Crompton: You’ve done this play before, so how does it feel coming back to it?
Bill Nighy: Well, apparently I’ve done it before. I have fond memories of the people involved. I have no memory, any at all, of actually performing the play, no recall in terms of the lines. I can’t tell you any line from any play I’ve ever done. I quoted David Hare one of his lines the other day to illuminate whatever point we were trying to make in the conversation, and I said ‘What play was that?’ and he said ‘It was your line, you said it about a hundred and fifty times in The Vertical Hour.’
SC: Carey, you have never seen it?
Carey Mulligan: No, because it was quite a long time ago. Stephen Daldry mentioned it to me almost two years ago, but I didn’t know anything about the play. So I prayed, as I started reading it, come on, be good. And it was beyond good, so I was thrilled.