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TitleStonewall - 1994 Equality Show
Performance Date23 October 1994
Performance DaySunday
Performance Time20:00
Main PerformersLily Savage,
Sandi Toksvig,
Regina Fong,
Ben Elton,
Angela Mason,
Melissa Etheridge,
D:Ream (Peter Cunnah),
Alison Moyet,
Elton John,
Secondary PerformersRichard Gere
Sir Ian McKellan
Orchestra or BandSheboom,
'Once on this Island' Company (PP Arnold, Lorna Brown, Sharon D Clarke, Anthony Ofoegbu, Marcia Mantack, Suzanne Packer, Shezwae Powell, Clive Rowe, Mark Vincent, Annabelle Williams, Johnny Worthy, Little Ti Moune played by Chandra Ruegg),
'Once on this Island' Orchestra (Richard Balcombe (M.D.), Martin Lowe, Tim Higgs, Judd Proctor, Glyn Evans, Dave Webster, Andy Panayi)
Set ListSheboom,
Lily Savage,
Melissa Etheridge,
'Once on this Island' Company (Performance staged by Johnny Worthy),
Sandi Toksvig,
Regina Fong,
'Ne Me Quitte Pas' (Alison Moyet),
Ben Elton,
The 1994 Equality Award - Angela Mason,
'I Feel Pretty', Bernstein, Sondheim (Elton John),
'Come Down in Time' (Sting),
'Englishman in New York' (Sting),
'Shape Of My Heart' (Sting),
'Every Breath You Take' (Sting),
'Big Spender' (Sting)
Performance NotesStonewall is the largest British charity for lesbian, gay and bisexual equality. Founded in 1988 to protest against the Section 28 amendment, which banned local authorities from ‘promoting’ homosexuality, Stonewall went from strength to strength and in 1994 they hosted the first of seven Stonewall Equality shows at the Royal Albert Hall.

This event was attended by Labour leader, Tony Blair and the actor Richard Gere who got up on stage to squash rumours that he was gay by announcing that he was a lesbian!

Other guests included Vivienne Westwood, Stepehn Fry, Chris Smith MP and Cheri Blair.

"Sting almost brought the house down when he started a slow striptease in front of Elton [John] as they duetted on Big Spender. It ended with a bare-chested Sting down to his leather trousers. Their double act, introduced by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe of the Pet Shop Boys, was the climax to an evening that raised £100,000 for Stonewall, launched by 60 women drummers from Scotland."
(The Evening Standard, 24 October 1994)
Related Archival MaterialProgramme (RAHE/1/1994/139),
Handbill (RAHE/6/1994/35),
Poster (RAHE/2/1994/3)

Related Names

Ref NoTitleNumber of PerformancesEvent PromoterSponsor
Oilanoibux_ZusStonewall - 1994 Equality Show1Stonewall