The Perse School

Perse Players Gala Dinner

Date: 9 Feb 2019, from 17.00
Location: The Perse Upper School
Price: £45.00 (young alumni and group discounts available)

February 2019 marks the 70th Anniversary of the celebrated 1949 Perse Players’ Production of Hamlet, starring Peter Hall (1949) in the title role.

The Cast of Hamlet, 1949

To celebrate the anniversary, we will be holding a Perse Players Gala Dinner. The dinner will provide alumni with the opportunity to celebrate the legacy of drama at The Perse, from Caldwell Cook’s Play Way and performances in the Mummery, through to the first production in the Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre.

Guests will have the opportunity to tour the Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre and enjoy an exclusive Perse Players performance before dinner and the chance to hear from Kenneth Tharp CBE (1978).

5pm | Tours of the Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre
6pm | Drinks
6.30pm | Perse Players Performance
7.30pm | Gala dinner in Hall with guest speaker Kenneth Tharp CBE (1978)

The dinner is open to the whole Perse community, not just those who starred in Perse Players productions. Tickets are available online via ticketsource, or by contacting Erin Charles in the development office at or +44(0)1223 403808.

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About the speaker
Kenneth Tharp CBE (1978) is a key figure in the UK arts and culture scene with over 35 years professional experience in the sector. He began his career as a dancer; as one of the leading dance artists of his generation, he performed for 13 years with the internationally-acclaimed London Contemporary Dance Theatre and then with other leading companies during a 25 year career as a performer, choreographer, teacher and director.
From 2007 to 2016, he was Chief Executive of The Place, the UK’s leading centre for contemporary dance development, and was appointed Director of the Africa Centre in May 2018.
He is a devoted champion of the arts, cultural learning, creativity and diversity, and has served on various arts Boards, including The Royal Opera House. He is currently a Patron of Akademi and The Place; a Trustee of New Adventures, the Chineke! Foundation and the Royal Opera House Benevolent Fund; and is a School Governor.
In September 2015 Kenneth was named among the London Evening Standard’s annual Progress1000 list of ‘The 1000 most influential Londoners’. He appears in eight successive Powerlists of Britain’s most influential people of African and African Caribbean heritage, as well as in Who’s Who.
In 2003 Kenneth was made an OBE in recognition of his services to dance, and in June 2017 was made a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, also in recognition of his service to dance.

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