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Redgraves, Etc. to Rally to Aid of Theatre Museum, May 16

With the fate of London's famed Theatre Museum uncertain, a long list of celebrated stars of the British Theater will host an awareness-raising event at the Covent Garden venue on Tuesday evening, May 16th, in order to galvanize support for the venerable institution. Among those scheduled to attend are the Redgraves (Corin, Jemma, Lynn and Vanessa), Sir Trevor Nunn, Alan Rickman, Miriam Margolyes, and Suzanne Bertish, among others.

The theater luminaries who have lent their strong support to the cause include such luminaries as Dame Eileen Atkins, Michael Blakemore, Sir Peter Hall, Sir David Hare, Sir Derek Jacobi, Dame Joan Plowright, Dame Diana Rigg, Martin Sherman, Rita Tushingham and Franco Zeffirelli, among many others.

The Theatre Museum is Britain's first permanent home dedicated to celebrating the performing arts. The Covent Garden venue has been its home for more than 20 years, but now, due to a lack of funds, the Museum is in jeopardy of losing its original home and being incorporated back into the V&A Museum in South London.

Lynn Redgrave (who will fly to London immediately following her final performance in The Importance of Being Earnest at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Sunday) said, "The Theatre Museum is an extraordinary resource for any young person interested in learning more about the performing arts. It would be almost unthinkable for this beacon to lose its home in the heart of theatreland, and a terrible blow to the theater world."

The Redgrave family has enjoyed a long association with the Theatre Museum, going back more than three decades to when Sir Michael Redgrave was instrumental in securing the Covent Garden home. The museum currently houses a permanent exhibition of the family's contribution to 20th century theater.

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