A number of stars from the cinema world joined forces with the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall to record a beloved Christmas poem for the purpose of charity.
Recently, a lot of famous names in the world of cinema like “Dunkirk” and “Inception” star Tom Hardy, JamesBond star Daniel Craig, Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, Joanna Lumley, Ncuti Gatwa and the President of Actors’ Benevolent Fund (ABF) Dame Penelope Keith recorded ” ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas” a beloved festive poem, along with Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla to raise awareness about the ABF. This charity fun has received more requests for aid this year than ever previously.
A poem narration for a greater cause
A video clip of the actors and the members of the Royalty reading the poem was uploaded to Clarence House’s official social media accounts on Christmas Eve 2020.
The opening lines of the famous poem by Clement Clarke Moore were read by the heir to the royal throne. The first lines of the poem read: ” ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.”
What is the Actors’ Benevolent Fund (ABF)?
Due to theatres and cinemas shutting down and a lot of projects cancelled, this year. Christmas has seen a major fall in the careers of many actors.
The purpose of the ABF is to help actors, actresses and stage managers who are unable to work due to old age, illness or injury and also those who experience financial problems.
Before the pandemic, the ABF mainly supported actors who were of retirement age but 2020 has called for the need to also support actors who were aged between 18 and 47.
In April this year, the charity also launched an Emergency Grant Fund to support those who were experiencing hardships financially.
Prince Charles’ contributions to the ABF
The Prince of Wales is a patron of ABF and planned the poem narration by the group of actors after he was approached by the charity to help raise funds due to the COVID pandemic’s toll on the livelihoods of the actors.
It was reported by NewsChain UK that according to Joanna Lumley Prince Charles was “desperate” about the predicament of the actors working in the performing arts industries who were majorly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The actors turn to the camera to narrate the festive poem
The poem was recorded at Prince Charles and his wife’s London home
Clarence House and actors Tom Hardy and Daniel Craig took their turns to read out lines from the poem. According to Lumley, Tom Hardy joined the members of the Royalty at their home to record themselves narrating the poem and James Bond actor Daniel Craig joined them from a “secret Bond hideout.” They were joined by Dame Maggie Smith, Lumley herself, Penelope Keith and Ncuti Gatwa, while Judi Dench did her bit through a video call from her home.