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ONLY MAKE BELIEVE

On the death of her husband Jamie (Oscar's youngest son), my friend Dena Hammerstein founded this charity to benefit children in long-stay hospitals in New York.  OMB's teams of paid actors entertain the kids in their wards with songs, jokes and playlets that lift spirits and aid recovery.

ROSE THEATRE

In 1989 Roger Rees alerted me to the newly uncovered discovery remains of an Elizabethan playhouse on the southbank of the River Thames.  I immediately visited the site, where the outline of stage and auditorium were clear in the rubble of a dismantled building.  I joined the campaign to prevent destruction of the remains and helped produce the rally close to the site, starring many concerned theatre enthusiasts.

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Ian McKellen | Age UK

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