Gorbachev, ever the man of the people, is to throw open his 80th birthday party to all comers – yes, even a pleb like you can attend this elder statesman’s celebration and wish him many happy returns.
How is this possible, you ask? Simple. To support his charitable Gorbachev Foundation, and to hopefully raise up to £5 million, Gorbachev will be holding his 80th bash at the Royal Albert Hall.
According to the Gorby80.com website, set up specifically for the event, the party will take place on March 30th 2011, and tickets are already available – ranging in price from £35 to £100,000. The lower cost tickets are on sale at the Royal Albert Hall website already, but I’m not sure how you get hold of the pricier tickets (which, I’m reliably informed, include dinner, saving you a few quid).
If you’re wavering, then you should know that, although performers haven’t yet been confirmed,
To mark his achievements and to celebrate “the man who changed the world”, famous artists from around the globe will perform in a series of poignant duets on stage at the gala birthday party. The evening will be split into seven phases to mark important milestones in Mr Gorbachev’s life including his childhood, route to power, perestroika, international peace efforts and charity work.
If that’s not enough, guests rumoured to be attending include Gerhard Schroeder and Arnold Schwarzenegger. And if that’s still not enough for you, Hugh Grant and Liz Hurley have just been confirmed as members of the fundraising committee, which I’m told guarantees a good party!