Guests enjoyed a sumptuous three-course fundraising lunch at Corporate member Audley Ellerslie’s Aldwyn’s restaurant last week, which included a star appearance from double Olivier Award-winning actor Robert Lindsay; who enjoyed a well-earned break from his portrayal of the great cinematographer Jack Cardiff in the play Prism.
The occasion raised money for the Malvern Theatres Tomorrow Fund, which pays for vital repairs and improvements to the theatre.
Robert, who was interviewed by theatre Chief Executive Nic Lloyd, shared fabulous anecdotes from his early days of working with Laurence Olivier to the reasons behind his desire to see the play Prism made and his hopes for the play’s future.
Diners were treated to a glass of prosecco on arrival, followed by a starter of beetroot and grapefruit chalk stream trout fillet, avocado mousse, avruga caviar and pickled baby vegetables.
The main course was oven-roasted, crusted rack of lamb, potato rosti, minted pea puree, baby glazed carrots and lamb jus, while vegetarians enjoyed a pea and broad bean risotto, all prepared by head chef Marius Arlauskas.
For a sweet treat, there was a chocolate delice, chocolate soil with roasted hazelnut and chocolate ice cream.
Simon Williams, General Manager at Audley Ellerslie, said: “We were thrilled to welcome Robert Lindsay to Aldwyn’s. He is an incredible actor and a long-time favourite of mine, so it was a real honour.
“Raising money for local causes is something we are very passionate about at Audley Ellerslie and we know that many people locally support the goals of Malvern Theatres. We’re delighted to share the fantastic food at Aldwyn’s, while coming together for a good cause.”
Emma Maggs, Head of Development at Malvern Theatres, said: “We’d like to thank everyone who came along to our fundraising lunch. The support of our audiences is always so appreciated and this was a particularly enjoyable way to raise money for an essential cause in excellent company.”
Audley Ellerslie, the luxury retirement village in Malvern, welcomed its first owners in spring 2017 following the completion of the first phase of development. It is home to 101 apartments and cottages for the over 60s, all built to complement the Victorian architecture. The Audley Club is central to the village, offering luxury facilities including a swimming pool, library, Aldwyn’s restaurant, bar/bistro and spa, all accessible to both owners and the neighbouring communities. www.audleyvillages.co.uk
Malvern Theatres is a charity with only 1% of its running costs publicly funded. It costs 41,000 a week to keep the theatre operating and ticket sales alone are not enough to meet this amount. Malvern Theatres relies on the generous support of its much-loved customers. Please contact Emma Maggs, Head of Development, on 01684 580954 or via firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and full details of our current corporate packages.