The gala event, which was first held in 2004, brings together about 50 established actors, writers and directors to create six new short plays in a single day. It aims to raise funds for The Old Vic Theatre Trust, a charity set up to support both the Old Vic's work and the theatre building itself. It also encompasses Old Vic New Voices, the education and community department, which has run its own 24 Hour Plays event every year since 2005.
Rob Brydon will host the gala itself on 13 November, with the creative team gathering for the first time at 10pm the previous night. Writers including Roy Williams, Jack Thorne and Amy Rosenthal will have until dawn to come up with a 10-minute play. After an intensive day of rehearsals, each work will then be performed on the Old Vic stage.
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