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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.Jul.2019

Actors' Benevolent Fund Annual General Meeting 2019

The 2019 Actors' Benevolent Fund Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday 17th July.

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Archive

Minutes of the ABF's first meeting

The first meeting of the Actors' Benevolent Fund was held in the Beefsteak Room of the Lyceum Theatre on 4th May 1882.

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Suspension of Disbelief by Edward Petherbridge

Pack of 10 cards £7.00. Message inside reads "Wishing you a magical Christmas"

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The Actors’ Benevolent Fund has two funding programmes open to applications from actors, actresses and stage managers experiencing hardship. Please apply to the programme most relevant to your circumstances: