Funding success as we celebrate our 50th anniversary

Wednesday 7th August 2013


We are thrilled to have received news from Arts Council England that we have been awarded almost £1 million from its Capital Investment Programme to help make the theatre more energy efficient and fit for the future. It will also be more comfortable for you, our audience. In addition to this grant we are delighted to have negotiated a new partnership with Nottingham City Council in support of the capital work for the theatre. This is a real vote of confidence, and very good news for the future of the Playhouse as a ‘theatre for everyone’. Now we have the challenge of raising the last funds needed for all this work to take place.


When we opened our doors at Wellington Circus in 1963, the Grade II* listed building was widely regarded as one of the best British theatre buildings of its time. However, in 2013, its celebrated architecture now means it is very expensive to heat and light. Investment is now urgently needed to upgrade our energy efficiency and to make the building as contemporary now as it was in 1963 – whilst retaining its original identity.


Whilst the Arts Council funding is fantastic news we need to raise a further £75,000 in the next six months to unlock the funding and carry out all of the essential work and this is where you can help us and play a part in creating a theatre fit for the next generation.

To give you an idea of how your donation will help, we’ve worked out how far every pound will go:

£5 – we plan to install 156 solar panels on our roof, generating electricity worth £4,500 every year. A donation of £5 will buy one solar cell – we need over 9,000.

£10 – help us to replace over 1,000 50 year-old light fittings, reducing the Playhouse’s energy use by a massive 35,000 kilowatt hours every year. A gift of £10 will fund two energy efficient light bulbs.

£20 – new door lobbies will reduce heat loss by 18% – creating a much cosier Playhouse. 750 donors, each giving £20, will have a huge impact on the future of our building.

£50 – replacing our stage lighting will save us nearly £10,000 every year: money that would sustain our brilliant Youth Theatre for two years. Spread the word – we need 1,000 Spotlight Supporters!

£100 – adding secondary glazing to our iconic Playhouse will reduce heating bills by 7% – allowing more money to spend on creating great theatre. £100 will sponsor a square metre!

We also plan to offer learning and participation opportunities to a further 750 young people every year by creating additional space in the form of sound-proofed pods in the Understudy area of the theatre and also enhance the customer experience in our bar and restaurant, CAST


£1 – if everyone that comes to see a performance here in the next six months gives just one pound then we would reach our target, so every donation really does make a difference.


You can make your donation to the Playhouse 50 Capital Appeal in a number of ways:

• By clicking here
• By coming to see the gala performance of Jack and the Beanstalk
• By calling the Box Office on 0115 941 9419 – just ask to support the capital appeal
• By cheque made payable to Nottingham Playhouse Trust Ltd and sent to Playhouse 50 Capital Appeal, Nottingham Playhouse, Wellington Circus, Nottingham, NG1 5AL
• Online when you are booking your tickets
• At the donation point in our foyer

For further information please contact Nick Lawford on 0115 947 4361 or by emailing – or speak to any of our staff.

Download the full press release here.

Photo: Nottingham Playhouse in 1963.