Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Spamalot Stars Dress Down for London's Great Pyjamarama

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Spamalot Stars Dress Down for London's Great Pyjamarama

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Byline: David Cohen Campaigns Editor and Miranda Bryant

THE Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund has joined forces with Comic Relief to raise money for Londoners in poverty.

We are asking you, our readers, to support Comic Relief by wearing your pyjamas to work on Red Nose Day in March and by asking your friends and colleagues to sponsor you.

Red Nose Day traditionally brings the nation together to do something funny for money, raise cash and change lives, and today we kick off our "come to work in pyjamas" appeal with London singer-songwriter Paloma Faith as well as the entire cast of Spamalot.

Posing in Agent Provocateur silk pyjamas, the 26-year-old singer called on all Londoners to follow her example by going to work in their nightwear on Red Nose Day. She said it will be "weird" and "fun" to go about everyday tasks in pyjamas and urged every workplace in the capital to join in on March 15.

She said: "I've got quite glamorous pyjamas on, but you can also go in your bog standard Snoopy pyjamas or whatever. Because it's Red Nose Day, you can do it without being embarrassed.

Stand proud looking ridiculous and hope that everybody else is too. As a kid I got involved with Red Nose Day by going to school dressed as a tomato, so it's not only nostalgic but symbolic of my childhood."

Last year, the Dispossessed Fund was chosen as a major beneficiary of Comic Relief with a cash injection of [pounds sterling]1 million. The money was used to fund 66 grassroots projects tackling inequality across the capital.

But whereas last year was all about asking readers to lace up their trainers to run the London Mile, this year we are asking you to indulge your sense of fun by joining in our Pyjamarama.

The cast of Spamalot got into the spirit when they dressed up in a range of nightwear -- from onesies to Family Guy slippers -- and took to the stage at The Playhouse Theatre ahead of a perhelp formance. Anna-Jane Casey, 40, who plays Lady of the Lake, said: "Normally I just wear Chanel No 5. It's fun, silly and a fantastic cause."

STEPHEN TOMPKINSON, 47, who plays King Arthur, said: "I like these slippers because they've got Peter Griffin on from Family Guy and he's my hero. …

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