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The Secret Policeman's Ball comes to Wales

Sherman Theatre to host the Secret Policeman's Ball Cymrucast with Rhod Gilbert

Amnesty International today announced that the forthcoming Secret Policeman's Ball will be seen for the first time in Wales. The legendary comedy event and Amnesty fundraiser takes place on 14th October in the Albert Hall, with a line-up that includes Eddie Izzard, Jennifer Saunders, Russell Brand and the Mighty Boosh. On the same night, fans will be able to watch a live cinecast - or Cymrucast - through a one-off satellite link to the Sherman Theatre.

Also on stage at the Sherman, Rhod Gilbert will be entertaining the crowd with special set - all in the name of human rights.

Re-invented and re-booted for the twenty-first century, The Secret Policeman’s Ball launches Amnesty International’s Protect The Human Week. Also featured in the Albert Hall line up will be Al Murray, Chevy Chase, Jimmy Fallon, Jon Culshaw, Meera Syal, Omid Djalili, Jessica Stevenson, Ronni Ancona, Seth Green, Richard E Grant, Andrew Maxwell, The Gorillaz characters, and The Magic Numbers in a night of never-before-seen collaborations.

As well as the traditional mix of stand-up and sketch comedy, Amnesty International will be adding many new ingredients, including animations, featuring Patrick Stewart, Joanna Lumley, Jimmy Carr, Tara Fitzgerald, Jo Brand and Brian Cox.

Cathy Owens, Programme Director of Amnesty International Wales said:

'Its so exciting to be able to bring the Ball to Wales - even if it is by satellite and on a big screen. Anyone outside London would usually miss out on exciting event like this, but now supporters and fans in Wales can come along to the Sherman and stand up for some of the voiceless around the world. Its never been more important, and I am delighted that we will be able to celebrate in the event in this way.'

'Because its the first time we have ever done it, the response so far has been fantastic. Rhod Gilbert has changed his plans in order to come to Cardiff especially for the event, and I have already had people trying to bribe me to get tickets before they go on sale.'

Jimmy Carr said, “I support Amnesty International because who knows when I’ll be chained to a radiator and beaten with a rubber truncheon. I think it’s Thursday, 4.30, Soho but I’ll have to check my diary.”

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