Game Of Thrones star Kit Harington is one of a host of film and television stars taking part in a one-off theatre performance for Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle.
The 28-year-old actor, best known for playing Jon Snow in the bloodthirsty fantasy drama, will join James McAvoy, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Christopher Eccleston to star in a charity theatre production of The Children’s Monologues.
The Slumdog Millionaire filmmaker will direct the show, comprising a sequence of monologues adapted by writers such as Sir David Hare, Neil LaBute and James Graham, retelling the first-hand accounts of 15 young children growing up in the rural township of Rammulotsi, South Africa.
The performance will take place at the Royal Court Theatre on Sunday October 25, with proceeds going to Danny’s creative arts charity Dramatic Need.
Kit – who made his stage debut in 2008 in the National Theatre’s adaptation of War Horse and appeared in the Donmar Warehouse’s production of The Vote earlier this year – said: “I’m honoured to have been asked to be part of The Children’s Monologues. To get to work with some of the country’s most exciting writers and actors, whose work I have long admired, and with the brilliant Danny Boyle, is an amazing opportunity.
“To be able to tell the stories of impoverished children from the other side of the world, which they themselves have penned, is a unique and important experience that I couldn’t possibly turn down. Dramatic Need is an incredibly special cause and will produce a night of charity and theatre which should be daring, moving and an experience not to forget.”
Josh Hartnett, Fresh Meat star Zawe Ashton and Gugu Mbatha-Raw will also appear in the show.
Amber Sainsbury, founder of Dramatic Need, said: “The Children’s Monologues allows these kids to share these experiences with an international audience, so that we too can bear witness to what these kids have lived through.
“That some of the world’s most celebrated actors, directors and dramatists are once again coming together to create a unique piece of work, is a testament to both the power of the arts to reach across cultures, and to the strength of these individual children’s stories.”
Danny directed a previous production of The Children’s Monologues at the Old Vic in 2010, which starred Oscar winners Eddie Redmayne and Sir Ben Kingsley, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston and Gemma Arterton.
Tickets for The Children’s Monologues are available now from www.dramaticneed.org or www.royalcourttheatre.com.