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As we approach the 90th anniversary of The Questors Theatre, we are seeking to mark this milestone by refurbishing both our auditoria. We are aiming to replace the seating and carpet in the Judi Dench Playhouse, and the seating rostra and seats in the Studio, and any funds left-over will be put to good use repairing and upgrading other theatre facilities.
Thanks to the many donations, large and small, that QRenew has received, we are fortunate to have some money already available to put toward these works. But we need to raise more funds to be able to proceed - and we are seeking your help. We are offering the opportunity to name a seat in either theatre in recognition of your donation.
How do I name a seat?
Donors can click here to select a seat and make their donation using our online box office.
How much does it cost?
Depending on the seat location we are asking for donations of either £500, £350 or £200 in the Playhouse or £150 in the Studio. Donations are eligible for Gift Aid, and this will help raise substantially more as each donation with a Gift Aid declaration brings a further 25% of value on top of the amount donated. Donors who are high-rate tax payers can also declare their Gift Aid donations on their tax returns so offsetting their tax.
If you wish to donate a different amount or prefer not to name a seat then your donation is still greatly appreciated. You can make a donation to the renewal fund via our online box office here.
What text can go on the name plate?
Following the renewal project there would be a small plate on each seat in the Judi Dench Playhouse giving the donor’s name – which may be an individual, a couple, a family, a group or an organisation/company. The text on each plate will be limited – normally just the name, with the option of one of a limited number of messages, such as “In loving memory”. For the Studio there will also be a method for recording the names of those who donate to the Studio seating. Donors will be contacted to confirm exactly what text they want nearer to the time that the plates will be fitted.
How long will my name plate stay on the seat?
The donation will have a guaranteed lifetime of 11 years – so the name plate on seats in the JDPH and the donations record in the Studio will be in place through the period of the centenary of The Questors Theatre in 2029.
Please note that having your name on a seat does not give any additional rights to sit in that seat. Indeed for some performances your named seat may not be available depending on the configuration of the theatre. Instead you will be able to enjoy seeing the names on the seats around you each time you visit the theatre and know that, like them, you have played your part in making this refurbishment possible.