A one-night-only event in collaboration with Carnegie Hall


Anniversary Gala Performance in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall

Directed by Danny Boyle 

Monday 13th November 2017 at 7.30pm

The US premiere of The Children’s Monologues features an all-star cast performing groundbreaking stories of young children growing up in Africa, adapted for the stage by some of the world’s finest playwrights. In addition to this growing list of international talent, students from Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute will perform music throughout the performance. Simultaneously in Rammolutsi township, South Africa, the young people behind the monologues will perform them for their own community.

The all-star cast includes Jason Alexander, McKinley Belcher III, Jessica Chastain, Common, Daveed Diggs, Andrew Garfield, 

Anne Hathaway, Daniel Kaluuya, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, James McAvoy, Audra McDonald, Sienna Miller, Javier Muñoz, 

Trevor Noah, Susan Sarandon, Sebastian Stan, Lakeith Stanfield and Catherine Zeta-Jones


With Special Musical Guests: Cynthia Erivo, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Little Simz, Esperanza Spalding

Via Vyndal Pantsula Dance Crew
New York City Youth Ensemble


The net proceeds from this event benefit Dramatic Need and Carnegie Hall, providing critical support to Dramatic Need’s mission of helping vulnerable children in Africa, and Carnegie Hall’s mission of fostering the future of music through artistic, education, and social impact initiatives.


Support provided by Blavatnik Family Foundation

The Children's Monologues debuted at London's Old Vic Theatre in 2010, and was revived at the Royal Court Theatre in 2015 and the Market Theatre, Johannesburg in 2016. Contributing writers over four productions have included Sir David Hare, Sir Tom Stoppard, Lynn Nottage, Jack Thorne, Laura Wade and Dennis Kelly. Performers that have graced the Monologues stage under the direction of Danny Boyle include Sir Ben Kingsley, Nicole Kidman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Robert Whitehead, Eddie Redmayne, Chi Mhende, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Gregory Mqoba.

Find out more about previous productions and Dramatic Need events here.

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England and Wales Charity Number: 1119443

England and Wales Company Number: 06051122


South Africa Non-Profit Company Number: 2017/212994/08

USA 501(c)(3) Foundation Number: 82-1037862


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Dramatic Need is a registered charity and company in England and Wales, numbers 1119443 and 06051122 respectively; a registered non-profit company in South Africa, number 2017/212994/08; and a registered 501(c)(3) foundation in the USA, number 82-1037862 


Official Patron: Her Excellency, Dr. Lindiwe Mabuza, former South African High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.


Board of Trustees UK and South Africa: Ms. Vanessa Garwood, Mr. Phil Drew, Mr. Simon Oakes, Ms. Amanda Lambert, 

Mr Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Mr James Mullighan and Ms Helia Ebrahimi. 

Board of Trustees USA: Ms. Aubrey Henderson Siegel, Ms. Amanda Lambert, Ms Holly Noland Dunlap.