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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

12.Apr.2021

ABF notice of condolence

HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

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Archive

John Gielgud stage design

Renowned actor and former ABF President Sir John Gielgud donated much of his early artwork to the archives in the 1980s.

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Shop

Too Much by Grant Cathro

Pack of 10 cards £7.00. Message inside reads "May your Christmas be merry and bright"

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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: