Dame Judi Dench adds her support to the Nottingham Playhouse seat appeal

Thursday 27th May 2010

We are delighted that Dame Judi Dench has renewed her support for Nottingham Playhouse, by stressing the importance of dedicating a seat in our auditorium. Dame Judi, who was a key part of the Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company in the 1960s, is patron of our seat appeal and recently said the following:

“I have so many glorious memories of the time I spent at Nottingham Playhouse.  In fact, I could probably write a small book!  I was part of a fantastic company in the 1960s, under the directorship of the peerless John Neville.  I was lucky enough to work on some fabulous productions and was even part of a company that toured West Africa in 1963 – the first professional theatre company to do so.  It was a very happy time.

“When I was asked to become Patron of the Nottingham Playhouse Seat Appeal, I was delighted to do my bit.  I believe passionately in the importance of regional theatre.  With local authority funding on the decrease, and corporate sponsorship of the arts waning, it is so important for us, as individuals, to play our part and support our local theatres. 

“It is in your hands to help ensure that Nottingham Playhouse can continue to offer inspirational education work, can keep producing world-class work, and can continue to give new actors and directors the kind of opportunity I enjoyed in my time here.

“One easy way in which you can make a huge difference to Nottingham Playhouse – and also take your own very special place in the theatre’s history – is by dedicating a seat in the auditorium.  Your plaque will not only make you a permanent part of the Playhouse, it will also have a big impact, financially.  It could mean an extra drama workshop for local children, or important renovation work to the theatre’s Studio Theatre.  It could even make an important difference to the budget of a main stage production.  It is your chance to play a role in the future successes of Nottingham Playhouse.”

It is simple for you to take your place in Nottingham Playhouse history by naming a seat in our magnificent auditorium.

Why not commemorate a special occasion, make a wonderful surprise gift, advertise your company, or remember a loved one?

By dedicating a seat at Nottingham Playhouse you will also be helping us bring the joy of live theatre to local people of all ages.  All money raised goes towards the renovation of our studio theatre – allowing us to offer more children’s performances, studio-style shows, community events and training opportunities than ever before.

You can play an important role and become a permanent part of a local landmark for just £175 (or £29/month for six months). To pledge your support today contact Nick Lawford on 0115 873 6235 or by emailing nickl@nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk

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