Darcey Bussell has revealed the British Ballet Charity Gala she’s hosting on June 3 will have all eight UK companies on the same stage for the first time.
The retired ballerina, 52, made an appearance on Thursday’s edition of Good Morning Britain to discuss the fundraising event, which will see young performers take to the stage for one night only.
She said: ‘It’s incredibly exciting, I haven’t had enough sleep as you can imagine! For one show, this is a big fundraising with eight leading companies.
Helping hand: Darcey Bussell revealed on Thursday’s GMB that she will host the British Ballet Charity Gala with all eight UK companies on the same stage for the first time ever
‘It’s for the companies themselves, there are also community dance companies which we have nominated, and they will be able to show their story as part of the evening. But there is each company, about 65 dancers, all involved.
‘It’s the first time to get them all and have a big voice, so they all came together and we’ve got something really to talk about.
‘We just want audiences to be aware they’ve got to go buy tickets and see these dancers performing, we’ve got to fill theatres again.’
Darcey also reflected on Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s plan to sue the government if they decide theatres can’t open fully on June 21, 2021.
Great cause: Darcey (pictured performing in 2007) said: ‘It’s incredibly exciting, I haven’t had enough sleep as you can imagine… this is a big fundraising with eight leading companies’
Giving her thoughts, she said ‘I wish I was as brave as that’, before saying she supports his decision to speak out because it is important for young people to be able to tread the boards again because they have short careers.
When asked if she supported Webber, Darcey went on: ‘I definitely do, I wish I was brave as he was to think what they’ve gone through.
‘It’s such a young persons world the performing arts, like an athlete it’s a really short career, any time missed.
‘The creative arts is such an important part of what we do and the talent, this is really to celebrate the talent.’
All together: Darcey said of the event, ‘It’s for the companies themselves, there are also community dance companies which we have nominated… about 65 dancers are all involved’
Reflecting on how difficult a year off can be for a young person, she added: ‘Because it’s that short a career and it is about young people, its about the next generation coming into that industry.
‘They want home and know they’re going into a thriving industry… that’s why I wanted to create something, a show, that would make a great noise, and awareness and celebrate the great talent we have in the UK.
‘Across the UK, they’re not just based in London at the West End, these are across the whole UK and they’ve all come together for this one.’
Making a stand: Darcey added, ‘It’s the first time to get them all and have a big voice, so they all came together and we’ve got something really to talk about’ (production of A Dream Within a Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2014)
She added: ‘We’re losing talent who are going to other countries that are investing more in the arts, but also we have had the help we just have to get the public in. If everybody bought one ticket in the year.’
Darcey also spoke about the event -which is set to take place on June 3- with Tatler magazine last week, saying: ‘It’s crazy, because we’ve changed the date literally about four times.
‘But I mean, that’s been the company’s world in the last year and a bit. But I knew that it would only really resonate if we did it right at the beginning of everybody getting back on their feet.’
The British Ballet Charity Gala is set to take place at the Royal Albert Hall on June 3.
Importance: After the Covid-19 pandemic impacted the industry, Darcey explained: ‘We just want audiences to be aware they’ve got to go buy tickets and see these dancers performing’