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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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News

17.Mar.2020

ABF notice regarding Coronavirus

The Actors’ Benevolent Fund is receiving a great many requests for help linked to coronavirus.

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Archive

First issue of the Equity journal

A copy of the first ever edition of the Equity journal, dating from February 1934, is held in the ABF archive. The magazine is still in circulation today.

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Shop

Christmas bargain pack – 10 cards

Pack of 10 cards £4.00.

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The Actors' Benevolent Fund is receiving a great many enquiries linked to coronavirus. The ABF is a small organisation and aims to respond to enquiries as quickly as possible, but please be patient awaiting a response.

In addition to the charity's standard eligibility criteria, the ABF is considering applications from professional actors, actresses and stage managers who have:

Please check that you are eligible to apply before submitting an enquiry.

With so many people asking for help we have to take difficult decisions about the support we can provide. It may be the case that even if you meet the ABF’s eligibility criteria, we may not be able to offer you any support. If we cannot help you, we will signpost you towards other organisations that might be able to help.