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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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A Celebration of Shakespeare at Windsor Castle

The ABF was invited by the King (our patron) and Queen to celebrate the contribution of Shakespeare the life and culture of the UK.

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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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Royal Patron

HRH King Charles III was the ABF's Royal Patron as Prince of Wales.

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News

28.Mar.2024

The ABF recruiting: Marketing and Engagement Coordinator

The Actors’ Benevolent Fund supports professional actors and stage managers in times of need, and in 2022 we spent over £1.6M on charitable support. The organisation has a bold new ambition to increase its reach and impact within the performing arts community, helping many more people and expanding the range of support to result in meaningful and sustainable change. It is an exciting time to be joining the charity, with a new Board of Trustees and the opportunity to make a real difference to a community dedicated to bringing so much meaning and inspiration to others.

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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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St Pauls Cathedral London

Pack of 10 cards Reduced Price now £4.00. Message inside reads "Wishing you a Happy Christmas and New Year".

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