The Terrence Higgins Trust are to host a charity reading of Tracy-Ann Oberman’s new play about the life of Rock Hudson at The Hampstead Theatre.
On Sunday 9 December 2012 the Terrence Higgins Trust will present a unique and intimate stage reading of ‘Rock and Doris and Elizabeth’, the latest play by Tracy-Ann Oberman.
The play explores the relationship between Hollywood star Rock Hudson and his two ‘leading ladies’, Doris Day and Elizabeth Taylor. The play is set in the period prior to Rock Hudson’s sensational appearance on Doris Day’s cable TV show in 1985. His gaunt appearance stirred speculation over his health, later confirmed to be AIDS-related. The play stars Oberman, Frances Barber, Jonathan Hyde and James Lance and was first broadcast on BBC radio 4 earlier this year.
The original cast will reunite for the fundraising event which will be held at The Hampstead Theatre in London. Following the reading, the cast will take questions from the audience and all proceeds will be donated to the Trust.
Genevieve Edwards, Director of Fundraising at the Terrence Higgins Trust, said, ‘It is hugely generous of Tracy-Ann to stage this special night in aid of Terrence Higgins Trust. It may be the last event in our World AIDS Day calendar this year, but it will also be one of the most spellbinding. ‘Rock and Doris and Elizabeth’ received rave reviews when it was broadcast, and for the reading to take place in a theatre gives a rare chance to see how the actors work. It’s all for a good cause too, with the money raised helping to fund services for people living with and affected by HIV in the UK.’
‘Rock and Doris and Elizabeth’ will take place on Sunday 9 December at The Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, London NW3 3EU. The stage reading will begin at 7.30pm, with a drinks reception from 8.30pm – 9.30pm.
Tickets are £35 each, and are available from the Hampstead Theatre box office on (020) 7722 9301 or by visiting their website.