"Today the RTF is helping some 372 beneficiaries’ – many of whom are living barely above the poverty line. If you have affection for the performing arts and wish to support those players who have fallen on bad times, be assured that the Royal Theatrical Fund will use your donations wisely and well"
Robert Lindsay – President
"The RTF not only offers very practical support to our beneficiaries but, just as importantly, lets them know they are not alone in their hour of need. It's a privilege to be a member of such a caring board. May I urge you to join us and to support this wonderful charity?"
Philip Talbot, Chairman
"I became a Vice President of the Fund because I had first hand experience of just how much it does for the people in our Profession. It is an honour & priviledge to serve my profession in this way"
John Nettles, O.B.E. – Vice President
"As a Vice-President of The Royal Theatrical Fund we all work very hard indeed to help our theatrical friends who are in such awful trouble, they simply can’t help themselves. We work for the joy of it, and there is a great deal of joy, sometimes"
Leslie Phillips, C.B.E. – Vice President
"I am immensely proud to be involved with the Royal Theatrical Fund and the wonderful support it offers to those in need"
Samantha Bond – Vice Chair
"Even major stars can see their careers fall apart at the seams, old age or ill health overtake them and very soon they need help. The Royal Theatrical Fund was created to help those who fall by the wayside and into need for whatever reason and I was surprised and proud to be asked to become a Vice President and help with that work"
Paul Daniels – Hon Vice President
"Towards the end of my first meeting in 1990 the Secretary reported the story of a young actor who had, through no fault of his own, got into financial difficulties. The Fund had stepped in to take care of a ‘phone bill (the one tool an actor couldn’t do without). That morning the Secretary had received a letter of thanks with a cheque – the young actor had recovered and found work"
Giles Watling – Vice Chair
"The Royal Theatrical Fund is a godsend to all those actors, of whom there are too many, whose lives are the antithesis of the glamour and success that the profession is often associated with. It is of great comfort and reassurance to me that such care and consideration is taken in the sensitive handling of the lives of these people and their families."
Janie Dee – Director
"The late much loved Henry McGee got me into the Royal Theatrical Fund – a great charity. I have been lucky, many are not"
Geoffrey Palmer, O.B.E. – Director
"I was delighted to be asked to join the board of the RTF because I had seen several friends helped through hard times and knew what vital help and support the Fund provides for those who desperately need it,and with what sensitivity and speed they work"
Stephanie Cole, O.B.E. – Director
"I was very impressed with the work that was being carried out and delighted to meet such a charming, compassionate and committed board. I consider it a great honour to have been asked to join such an illustrious group"
Michael Ball – Director
" This could help any one of us one day, how wonderful it is to be part of a profession that cares for its own in this way. Whilst I am healthy and able I want to support it as much as I can – who knows when any of us will find ourselves the other side of the counter....?"
Natascha McElhone – Director
“I feel it is a privilege to be a Director of The Royal Theatrical Fund and see at close hand what a difference it can make to those in our profession who very often have nowhere else to turn through illness, or an accident at work or having to care for a partner or child. It really can be a lifeline.”
Samantha Spiro – Director
“I became a Director of the RTF so I could be involved, first hand, in the help and support this charity is giving to its fellow professionals. I feel that above everything else we are there when people may be at their lowest and not for only immediate help, but as a constant support to those who can perhaps no longer look after themselves financially or through one form of infirmity or another need our help.”
Peter Polycarpou – Director
We provide help and support for all who have worked or work in the theatrical profession.
Every year The Royal Theatrical Fund provides support for people of all ages who have worked in the entertainment industry.
They are people in need as a result of illness, accident or old age. The Fund assists by paying monthly allowances, one off grants and shortfalls in nursing and residential home fees.
The Fund dispenses more than money; applicants' needs vary and may not just be financial.
Those living alone welcome a friendly visit, a chance to talk and perhaps to unburden their anxieties. A simple telephone call can help to relieve a sense of isolation.
The Fund also assists with benefits and debt advice.
The Directors of the Fund are very aware that many people do not find it easy to ask for help. Rest assured that all requests for assistance are dealt with sympathetically and in complete confidence. In addition, one of our main priorities is to help people to stay independent and in their own homes wherever possible.