Sponsor a Seat

This year we’re celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the Abbey Theatre, built by, and home to, the Company of Ten.

We’re also embarking upon an ambitious redevelopment programme to provide improved facilities from rehearsal through to performance. This will be based upon a study produced by renowned theatre architects Haworth Tompkins.

We’re launching a series of fundraising initiatives to finance our plans, including asking our members, friends and supporters to sponsor unallocated seats in the Main Theatre and the Studio.

How to Sponsor a Seat

We are offering the opportunity to sponsor a specific seat in the Main Theatre (£500) or an unspecified seat in the Studio (£300). To make it easy for you to do this online we have set up two Sponsor a Seat pages which appear as events that will not actually take place. Either:

  • Select the Sponsor a Main Theatre Seat page and choose the seat you would like to sponsor,
    select the Sponsor a Studio Seat page and enter 1 as the number of seats.
  • Proceed to the checkout where you will be asked to make a donation of the appropriate amount.
  • Choose the option Continue With Donation.
  • Enter the inscription (maximum 24 characters) that you would like to appear on your sponsored seat into the Recognition Name field on the donation page. (We will use your name if you leave this field blank).
  • Complete the transaction as normal.

If you are a UK taxpayer and make (or have previously made) a Gift Aid declaration to us, the tax man will automatically increase your donation at no cost to you by £125 (Main Theatre) and £75 (Studio).

Click here to sponsor a seat in the Main Theatre, or here to sponsor a seat in the Studio.

Please note: our system will only ask you for a donation once each time you login so if you change your mind after you have chosen a seat and added your donation, please empty your basket, logout and login again before selecting another seat. Similarly, should you wish to sponsor more than one seat, please checkout to complete the first transaction, then logout and login again before selecting your second seat.

Alternative ways to sponsor a seat

If you would like to sponsor a seat but are unable to pay the full amount in one go, you may pay in ten installments of £50/£30 a month.

Please e-mail us at sponsorship@abbeytheatre.org.uk and we will be happy to provide you with full details, a Gift Aid declaration form and a list of available seats in the Main Theatre.

If you would like to pay in full other than by card, please e-mail us at sponsorship@abbeytheatre.org.uk or write to Mike Johnson, Abbey Theatre, Holywell Hill, St Albans, AL1 2DL.

Topping up an existing seat sponsorship

A few of our earlier seat sponsors have asked us whether they can ‘top up’ their existing sponsorship instead of sponsoring a new seat. If this applies to you please click here and simply make a donation to the seating fund.