Theatre Royal Gala Dinner & Variety Performance
Every so often, you have a night out you know you’ll remember forever. We had just such a night last week when we attended the Gala Dinner & Variety Performance at the Theatre Royal Wakefield.
Social Wakefield is proud to sponsor the Theatre Royal Wakefield, and it was an honour to attend such a glittering occasion.
Champagne Reception and Dinner
Dapper gentleman in bow ties and elegant ladies resplendent in their evening finery assembled first in the Unity Works in their Major Hall. Just across the road from the theatre, the fizz of the champagne reception set the tone for the evening, and continued with flowing champagne and wine throughout the meal.
We started with a feast of Ham hock terrine, followed by Fillet Mignon with fondant potato and seasonal veg.
Then, in a move of brilliant variety organisation, we took a break between courses for the stage performance.
Curtains Up in the Theatre
Every one moved across the road to the Theatre Royal, where we were treated to some grand entertainment hosted by Chris Hannon in his side-splitting role as Dame Christabelle – a dame much loved by everyone who’s been to the pantomime, as she makes her appearance every year.
Just as you would expect in a variety performance, one brilliant act followed the one before. We enjoyed wonderful performances from the Theatre Royal Wakefield Dancers, The Crofton Silver Band, and some astounding magic from magician Thomas Anthony.
Sarah Watson (an X factor contestant for those who remember), and the Wakefield Rock Choir treated us to some brilliant musical entertainment, along with the Theatre’s Performance Academy who sang and danced the musical Annie.
Cheered and entertained, we then made the short trip back across the road to Unity Works, where we were served a selection of desserts and cheese and had time to mingle, catch up with old friends and make some new ones.
Mixing Business with Pleasure
Many local businesses and corporate supporters attended this important event in the Theatre Royal calendar.
As well as offering us all a truly excellent night out, the Gala Dinner & Variety Performance achieves the important function of fundraising, raising money to help the Theatre continue its vital community work.
One of the valuable projects supported is the Theatre Royal’s learning and production work with young people, as well as projects that help at-risk and vulnerable adults.
Throughout the evening, there were raffles and prizes galore, plus an auction. Local businesses from in and around Wakefield donated great items (including meals) for the auction, which really helped the fundraising effort. One of the most creative items was the chance for someone in the audience to pay for a school that couldn’t otherwise afford it, to take the children to this year’s pantomime.
They say you can’t mix business with pleasure but, we promise you, you can. The splendid Gala Dinner & Variety Performance at the Theatre Royal Wakefield was all the proof we needed.