What would you do if you went into a store, got all the items you wanted, proceeded to the tills and found Dame Judi Dench waiting to serve you?
Scream your head off that’s what.
The movie veteran was amongst a line up of celebrities who put their glamourous day job aside for one day to work on the shop floors of the Bond street Fenwick store in order to raise funds for charity ‘Acting For others’.
The event tagged ‘Shop With The Stars‘ was organised to celebrate the Olivier Awards working in partnership with Mastercard in the run up to this Sunday’s award ceremony.
At £110 a ticket, it wasn’t for ordinary recession stricken Brits, but the event still enjoyed a healthy turn out with guests treated to live performances on the night not to mention the chance to mingle and interact with stars from London’s West end stage and celebrities in the film and media industry.
According to Juliet Conway of the Mail on Sunday who attended the event, ‘Other stars who helped Dame Judi on the shop floor as they purchased goods for charity included: Michael Ball (in the jewellery department), Sheila Hancock (on the Chanel Counter), Emilia Fox and Anneka Rice (in womenswear), Julian Fellowes (in men’s fragrance), Camilla Kerslake (in handbags) and Ollie Locke (in hats) with Christopher Biggins meeting and greeting customers as they arrived to shop.’
According to a statement on the Fenwick Website, perks enjoyed by guests on the day included champagne, nibbles, a subscription to Harper’s Bazaar and a goodie bag.
£100 from each ticket sold will be donated to Acting for Others, the collective name for the 15 Combined Theatrical Charities who between them offer financial and emotional assistance and support to those in the entertainment profession of all ages who have fallen on hard times.
Photo Credit: Michael Tubes creations