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The Theatre Royal has started its fundraising campaign to raise £2 million for the Regeneration Project with the launch of ‘Name A Star’ which will see a galaxy of stars inlaid in the new paving around the theatre. It’s believed this is the first time such a scheme has been launched by a British theatre.
As part of the Regeneration Project, the public areas around the theatre are being completely remodelled, providing a unique opportunity for a limited number of stars, each engraved with the name of an individual supporter, to be laid into the new paving. Two standard versions of star are available for a donation of £500 or £1000 and donations can be made over a period of up to four years which means a star can be reserved for just over £10 a month.
The Theatre Royal Regeneration Project, which has recently received the backing of Arts Council England with a commitment of £5 million subject to the theatre raising an additional £2 million, will see the re-cladding of the building which will cut energy costs; an extension to the front of the building allowing level access; a new Box Office, shop and cafe area; an outdoor terrace; an extended restaurant and a new studio space in the basement which will provide a city centre location for work with young people and community groups.
The planned works which, if the theatre is successful in raising the additional funds, will begin in April 2013, taking 6 months to complete. The theatre would then reopen in September 2013 with the launch of the first UK tour of the National Theatre’s production of War Horse.
The theatre has already made significant progress with its fundraising efforts with over £500,000 raised from the fundraising campaign to date. The majority of this total is made up from generous donations from individual supporters, including Friends and Corporate Members, as well as £100,000 donation from the Theatre Royal Applause Club (TRAC) and a grant of £150,000 from the Foyle Foundation. £500,000 has also been allocated by the Theatre Royal board from the theatre’s reserves so with just over £1 million raised so far, the theatre is well on the way to reaching its fundraising target.
Chris Goldie, Campaign Director, said: “We are delighted with the strength and level of support already received for the Regeneration Project. There is still work to be done but we hope the launch of our ‘Name A Star’ campaign will present itself as a unique opportunity for people from across the city and the region to buy their piece of theatre history and make a contribution to the campaign.”
Other fundraising opportunities are also available, more information is available here, or can be discussed by contacting the Campaign Office on 01752 230445. There is also a display outlining the Regeneration Project and how people can support the fundraising campaign in the theatre foyer.