Jude Law, Dame Helen Mirren and Doctor Who star Matt Smith helped raise more than $155,000 (£100,000) for charity by taking part in a one-off play in London on Monday (01Jul13). British actor Luke Treadaway enlisted his real-life neighbour Law to co-star with him in the special production, while Mirren, Smith, Skyfall's Ben Whishaw and Sherlock star Andrew Scott appeared in video clips during the West End gala.
Treadaway was inspired to spearhead the benefit for autism charities after playing a teenager with the disorder in U.K. stage show The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
He tells the London Evening Standard, "Jude and I hadn't practised before Sunday but we rehearsed for two hours... in his garden. Everyone has been so lovely to come and do this, I couldn't have asked for a better reaction."
Law, who personally handed over $15,500 (£10,000) to the event, adds, "I'm just here to enjoy the show. I'm doing it because Luke asked me to."
Rocker Chris Martin matched Law's donation, and brought the evening at the Apollo Theatre to a close by performing Coldplay hits Viva la Vida and Paradise.
A Curious Night at the Theatre generated more than $155,000 (£100,000), which will go towards the U.K. organisations Ambitious about Autism and The National Autistic Society.
British actor Luke Treadaway has recruited Dame Helen Mirren and Doctor Who star Matt Smith to take part in his upcoming gala to raise money for autism charities. The 28-year-old Clash of the Titans star was inspired to organise the event after playing a teen diagnosed with the condition in hit play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at London's Apollo Theatre.
Treadaway, who won an Olivier Award for the role last month (Apr13), explains, "When I started doing the play I had gone to lots of schools to research autism. Even though the schools are incredible, 90 per cent (of those students) are unemployed when they leave. I felt that so many of them would be able to work and have a social life, but are not given the opportunity."
The Brit reveals Mirren, who is also currently performing in the West End theatre district, was keen to take part: "I dropped a letter into the stage door, and she got back to me by email within an hour."
Singer Bat For Lashes will perform at the theatrical gala, while Smith is auctioning a tea date with him at London's Ritz hotel.
Proceeds generated by A Curious Night at the Theatre, scheduled for 1 July (13), will benefit Ambitious About Autism and The National Autistic Society.
Stage play The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time was the toast of the 2013 Olivier Awards on Sunday (28Apr13), taking home seven trophies. The London production, about an autistic boy who tries to uncover who killed his neighbour's dog, landed the title of Best New Play, Best Director (Marianne Elliott), Best Actor (Luke Treadaway) and Best Supporting Actress (Nicola Walker), as well as mentions for sound, set and lighting design.
Dame Helen Mirren was crowned Best Actress for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience, which also earned her co-star Richard McCabe the Best Supporting Actor prize for his role as late British Prime Minister Harold Wilson.
Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton won Best Actor and Actress in a Musical for their stints in Sweeney Todd, which also received the title of Best Musical Revival.
Billy Elliot took home the Audience Award for Most Popular Show, Top Hat was recognised as Best New Musical, Best Entertainment and Family went to Goodnight Mister Tom, and Long Day's Journey Into Night nabbed Best Revival.
The winners were announced during the 37th annual ceremony, hosted by Sheridan Smith and Hugh Bonneville at the Royal Opera House in London.
James Mcavoy is convinced he has no hope of winning a prize at Britain's upcoming Olivier Awards as fellow nominee Mark Rylance is unbeatable as "the best actor in the world". The Scottish star has been nominated in the Best Actor category for his turn in Macbeth, but he faces tough competition from Rylance (Twelfth Night), Rupert Everett (The Judas Kiss), Rafe Spall (Constellations) and Luke Treadaway (The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time).
McAvoy previously lost out to Rylance at the 2010 event, which recognises excellence in London theatre, and he is fairly certain he will walk home empty-handed again this year (13).
He says, "The last time I got nominated for an Olivier I was up against Mark Rylance and I didn't win it because you can't beat him. He's the best actor in the world. That'll probably happen again this year."
The Atonement star insists he was taken by surprise when the nominations were announced, adding, "We didn't realise that we were in the catchment, we thought we may have been in consideration the following year.
"It's just lovely to be nominated and for the company to get nominated for best revival was just such an important thing for us because it's an outpouring of energy in this show."
The winners will be revealed during a prizegiving in London on Sunday (28Apr13).