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Sinead Cusack, Clive James, Miriam Karlin OBE, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Glenys Kinnock MEP, Sue Lloyd-Roberts, Sir John Mortimer, Dr Jose Ramos-Horta, Rt Hon Sir David Steel 

Birthday Party for Aung San Suu Kyi

Artists including Alan Rickman, Glenda Jackson and Richard Wilson will perform at a special birthday celebration to be held at the Royal Court Theatre at 7pm on Sunday, 18 June. The occasion marks the 55th birthday of Burmese pro-democracy leader and Nobel prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. She will not be there as she remains under virtual house arrest in Burma. However, she plans to send a video message to the guests at her birthday party. 

The party, organised by The Burma Campaign UK and its Patron, Glenys Kinnock MEP, is to be an occasion at which Aung San Suu Kyi would enjoy herself with a ninety-minute theatre show performed to her friends and supporters. However, by virtue of her absence the event will also serve to increase public awareness of the terrible situation in Burma. 

Glenys Kinnock will speak about Aung San Suu Kyi and her situation. World leaders Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu and Tony Blair are sending birthday greetings on video and in writing. The onstage entertainment is being organised and directed by Philip Hedley, Artistic Director of the Theatre Royal, Stratford East. 

Other artists who have so far promised to appear onstage include: 
Maureen Lipman, John Hegley, Jon Snow, David Hare, Prunella Scales, Meera Syal, Timothy West, Kathy Lette, Miriam Karlin, Kate Williams, Fascinating Aida and the Jiving Lindy Hoppers. Many other performers 
who cannot appear on the night, are sending personal statements assuring Aung San Suu Kyi of their support. 

The onstage entertainment begins at 7.45 and ends in good time for food, wine, conversation and live music in all areas of the newly re-opened Royal Court. Tickets are 75 with all proceeds to go towards the work of The Burma Campaign UK, who campaign for a free and democratic Burma. An information sheet on the work of The Burma Campaign UK is attached. 

For further information about the event on 18 June and press 
interviews, please contact: Anne Mayer 0207 254 7391 Kim Morgan 0208 534 2178 

Please note that there are an extremely limited number of subsidised tickets available for 40 for active members of the Burmese community and for campaigners. For those who wish to apply for these please send an e-mail to Yvette Mahon at Please accept our apologies ahead of time for any of you who will be disappointed - 
we'd love to have everyone there but there are only a restricted number of seats available. 

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