Rupert appeared in the 20th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards Concert on Sunday 1 March 2020, along with the rest of the DEH West End cast, performing the song “You Will Be Found”. More info: article with link to ticket sales
The Museum of Lost and Found Potential is a pop-up museum “showing the hopes and dreams lost to neglected mental health and suicide across the world”. It is open free to the public in London for five days in October, and then will tour the world.
The museum was launched on World Mental Health Day (10 October), with the London cast of Dear Evan Hansen performing the song “You Will Be Found”. They were involved because “The Tony Award-winning musical explores teenage mental health and suicide”.
To quote from various sources: “The David Holmes Cricket Cup began in the summer of 2009 to raise money for the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH). Since then, each summer, the event has been hosted for David’s family and friends, where the two teams, Gryffindor and Slytherin, have battled it out for the trophy and continued to raise money for the RNOH. It’s a fun, family day out with our famous Cricket Match and our Auction, Raffle, Bar, BBQ, Face Painting and Bouncy Castle providing further entertainment.”
Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter) says: “David Holmes [a stuntman] was seriously injured in January 2009 while filming a harnessed aerial sequence for the final installment of the film franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”
Davey Holmes was so grateful to the RNOH for their care of him following this injury that he’s been raising funds for them ever since through this annual cricket event.
Bradley James (Arthur in Merlin) has regularly taken the field for Gryffindor, and has often been joined by our Rupert. I have found team photographs featuring Rupert for the years 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2018, with thanks to “A Shot of Brad” Live Journal account, Bradley’s Instagram account, and Google! Which is not to say Rupert didn’t participate in other years. However, few photos from the event are shared online, so there’s no one official source that covers the whole period.
I went along, and it was a fantastic evening, with much lovely singing from a variety of acts, as well as the readings. Not to mention minced pies and mulled wine! And there was the delightful church itself, too – St Paul’s in Knightsbridge.
The people in the banner photo contributed the readings. From left to right, they are Robert Portal, Jason Flemyng, Mary Nightingale, Maureen Lipman, Rory McConnachie, Rupert, and Annabel Croft.
Rupert read the poem A Visit from St Nicholas (commonly known as ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas), by Clement Moore. He did a terrific job, of course, and put plenty of oomph into it.
I snuck a couple of photos, which aren’t very sharp, but hopefully the Rainbow Trust will share some of the official ones – of which there were plenty taken!
Rupert was one of the celebrities participating in this cricket match supporting Runs4Funds, the Northamptonshire County Cricket Club official Players’ Charity. The day was hosted at the Althorp estate. Marvellous stuff!
Alas and alack, I couldn’t attend – but my ‘twin’ Jenny did, and kindly provided the photographic evidence to prove it!
Rupert took part in the Carols in the City fundraising event for Marie Curie, at Southwark Cathedral on the evening of 6 December.
It was a spectacular evening, with beautiful music from the choir Canticum and soprano Milly Forrest and baritone Roderick Williams. The lovely Ian McNeice was a last-minute addition to the readers, and he did a great rendition of the poem ‘Advent 1955’ by John Betjeman.
Rupert gave not just one but two readings. One was ‘Christmas Goose’, a short excerpt from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. The other was the poem ‘Christmas Thank Yous’ by Mick Gowar – which he was due to perform last year, though he wasn’t able to attend in 2015.
… one murmur of delight arose all round the board, and even Tiny Tim, excited by the two young Cratchits, beat on the table with the handle of his knife, and feebly cried Hurrah!