Enjoy bold new work, a delicious high tea, musical entertainment and a live auction of prizes donated by theatre royalty, all to support The Mono Box's vital work.

Running time: 3 hours, 30 minutes

£10-£75 (See ticket information)

17 - 17 Nov 2019

Box Office: 020 7722 9301

This summer, The Mono Box became an Associate Company of Hampstead Theatre. We are delighted that PLAYSTART: The Fundraising Gala will be held on the Main Stage on Sunday 17 November.

This special day will showcase four premiere plays written, directed and performed by outstanding emerging talent, who have been empowered by The Mono Box through their PLAYSTART programme. Every penny raised at PLAYSTART: The Fundraising Gala through ticket sales, the auction and donations will help meet the demands of members and support the best of emerging British talent.  

Four emerging writer/director pairs have completed a 15-minute play, with the support and mentorship of a professional playwright. The Mono Box has provided them with free rehearsal space, facilities to cast actors, a producer and feedback from industry professionals to help them realise their work.

PLAYSTART: The Fundraising Gala will provide an opportunity for these plays to be performed on Hampstead Theatre’s Main Stage in front of a lively, supportive audience and will mark the launch of the PLAYSTART Book. The Gala has been kindly sponsored by HN Wines who will be providing a glass of fizz for our Champion ticket bookers on arrival. Expect a live auction of prizes donated by some of your most-loved theatre-royalty, led by Tom Clarkson, and musical performances from Rebecca Loudon, Annabel York and Tida Chinyanga.

The Mono Box empowers young writers, directors and actors - and is run entirely by unpaid volunteers, generous artists and industry practitioners. We receive no funding, but are ambitious to grow our diverse and unique programme. Be a Mono Box Champion! Every penny raised at the Gala will be used to continue to galvanise the best of emerging British talent - grab your £75 VIP ticket and actively champion the next generation of artists.

Come along to discover some of the future’s brightest talent!

The Plays:

  • When The Leaves Fall 

Written by Grace Tarr. Directed by Evangeline Cullingworth.

  • Cold Feet and Bacon Sandwiches 

Written by Kiran Benawra. Directed by Sibylla Kalid.

  • One of the Good Ones 

Written by Vivian Xie. Directed by Adrian Tang.

  • Meatballs 

Written by Maatin Patel. Directed by Ebe Bamgboye.

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Artistic team



£75 (VIP) - includes a glass of fizz on arrival, a signed PLAYSTART anthology and a Mono Box gift – your generous contribution is allowing 100 PLAYSTART tickets to be available at £10 for Under 30s

£35/£25 - General Admission

£10 - 100 stalls and dress circle seats are available at this concessionary rate for Under 30s