2013 is a very special year for Nottingham Playhouse as we celebrate the 50th birthday of our iconic building, designed by Peter Moro and opened by Lord Snowdon on 11 December 1963.
Throughout the year we will be fundraising to safeguard the future of home-grown theatre at the Playhouse, to make the Playhouse more sustainable and to enable us to provide ever more people – of all ages and backgrounds – with access to the joy of live theatre.
Through our 50:50 appeal we are raising money to provide 50 free tickets at each of 50 performances throughout the year. These special tickets will be donated to specially selected people whose social and economic circumstances mean that a trip to the theatre is not ordinarily possible.
Through generous public donations we have already given away over 500 tickets.
Being offered free tickets by Nottingham Playhouse to see The Kite Runner gave Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum a great opportunity to come together as a group in a social setting. I can’t tell you just how much people enjoyed going – everyone was so happy on the night! For the vulnerable and desperate people who access our Destitution Fund as they have no other means of support, this was an invaluable chance to access the arts.
Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum – who came to The Kite Runner
Everyone really enjoyed the play. They thought the cast members were multi-talented and were able to make you feel the cast was bigger than it actually was. The costumes were amazing and they enjoyed the music especially the live playing. It was a wonderful experience for the children and young adults – thank you!
Highwood House (homeless families hostel) – who came to I Was A Rat!
Stephanie Sirr, Chief Executive of Nottingham Playhouse, explains:
“As Nottingham Playhouse celebrates 50 years in its historic home we are once again reminded of our need and desire to engage with our many communities to ensure that theatre is truly accessible.
“We have worked very hard in recent years to ensure that ticket prices are reasonable, that offers to the poorest communities are taken up and that we represent the demographic of our city in our audience.
“In support of this aim, and echoing the very first ambitions of the theatre to be a theatre “of the people”, Nottingham Playhouse is providing 50 tickets for 50 performances at a bargain price of £8. We are then inviting generous donors to purchase those tickets on behalf of an individual or group who might otherwise be unable to come to the theatre.”
We will work with community partners, donors and sponsors locally to make sure that tickets – 2,500 in total – are donated to a wide variety of beneficiaries and to those of greatest need.
There are several straightforward ways for you to support the 50:50 appeal:
- In person or by calling the Box Office on 0115 941 9419 – just ask to support the 50:50 appeal when you’re booking your tickets
- By cheque made payable to Nottingham Playhouse Trust Limited and sent to Playhouse 50:50, Nottingham Playhouse, Wellington Circus, Nottingham, NG1 5AL
The Playhouse 50:50 appeal is kindly sponsored by Hart’s, the 4 star boutique hotel and award-winning restaurant in Nottingham: