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Project information

Playhouse 50:50

2013 is the 50th birthday of the iconic Nottingham Playhouse building. Through our 50:50 appeal we plan to give away at least 50 free tickets for 50 performances throughout the year, to people whose social & economic circumstances mean that going to the theatre is not ordinarily possible.

January 2013 - December 2013

Charity information: Nottingham Playhouse

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  • Need


    There are too many people locally whose social and economic circumstances mean that they are missing out on cultural events and the joy of live theatre.

    GMB’s unemployment figures published in 2011 show that Nottingham city has an unemployment rate of 14.8%, compared to a national rate of 7.8% - the highest in the East Midlands. According to the 2010 Index of Deprivation, Nottingham has 19 Super Output Areas which are among the 5% most deprived in England (roughly 10% of the city).


    We aim to give important access to the performing arts to people who may not ordinarily be able to afford it - giving away 50 free tickets at 50 performances throughout 2013.

    Research has shown that involvement in the arts can build resilience, self-esteem and personal well-being. We aim to give even more people - of all ages and backgrounds - important introductions to the joy of live theatre.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Give away 50 free tickets for 50 performances to charities and community groups in Nottingham


    » Working with local community partners and donors we will identify groups and families to give tickets away to, throughout our 50th year.

    What success will look like

    Success will be distributing at least 2,500 free tickets throughout the year.

  • Impact


    We hope to introduce the joy of live theatre to at least 2,500 people who may not have experienced it before - showing that the performing arts are accessible, relevant and of benefit to everyone.

    Nottingham Playhouse's mission is to create world class work that is as diverse as the community we serve. We believe that great theatre must be made available to everyone and must reflect the experiences and interests of our whole constituency.


    We are working with community partners, donors and sponsors locally to make sure that the tickets are given to a wide variety of beneficiaries and to those of greatest need.


    Donors will receive regular email updates and will be invited to special "thank you" events throughout the year.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 Tickets 2,500 tickets to Nottingham Playhouse productions in 2013
  • Background


    Nottingham Playhouse welcomes audiences from all over Nottingham, as well as from communities throughout Nottinghamshire, the East Midlands and beyond.


    At least 2,500 free tickets will be given to people locally whose social and economic circumstances mean that going to the theatre is not ordinarily possible.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Since 1948 Nottingham Playhouse has been one of the UK’s leading theatre companies, producing drama to educate, entertain and engage audiences of all ages. We make world class theatre, as diverse as our community.

    The iconic "new" Nottingham Playhouse was opened in December 1963, so throughout 2013 we are celebrating the 50th birthday of this historic theatre.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Nick Lawford

    Fundraising & Development Manager


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