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for professional actors and stage managers who are in need due to illness, injury, or old age.

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In 1882

the Actors’ Benevolent Fund was founded by the great actor-manager Sir Henry Irving and a group of his friends.

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HRH The Prince of Wales

has been the ABF's patron since 2000. Dame Penelope Keith, DBE, DL, has been the ABF's president since 1990.

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10.Sep.2021

ABF Christmas & Greetings cards

The ABF's range of Christmas and greetings cards for 2021 is on sale now.

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John Gielgud costume design

This costume design, dated 1921, was drawn by renowned 20th Century actor and former ABF President Sir John Gielgud during his time at art school.

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The ABF emergency grant scheme is being remodelled as we move away from the pandemic to the recovery stage of Covid 19, when different types of help are needed by actors and stage managers. Therefore, the scheme is presently suspended for new applicants.

​If you'd like to apply for support due to injury, illness, or old age, apply here.