Donate to Durham Student Theatre

Durham has one of the largest student theatre scenes in the country with over 900 roles for actors, 26 unique theatre companies and hundreds of members. The Assembly Rooms Theatre is home of Durham Student Theatre; a historic 170 seat theatre in the heart of Durham, right in between the cathedral and the Castle. With 32 student shows a year along with a number of touring professional shows, the venue is a hub of activity and creativity all year round.

The University has invested £2.5 million in an extensive refurbishment. The project includes refurbishing the Box Office area and toilets, renewing the theatre stage, improving workshop and dressing room facilities, creating a bar and restoring the theatre’s historic ceiling.

In addition to this, we are hoping to raise a further £300,000 from supportive donors, partners and alumni to make additional changes to the professional theatre. These include renewing the current lighting rig and hiring full time technical support staff to enable this building be open 24/7!

We would like to invite you to be a part of this exciting development project and celebrate student theatre at Durham. We welcome any donation, sponsored by yourself or by a company, from £100 (to get your name on the wall!), to £500 (to name a seat in the auditorium) to £50,000 (for new lights and technical support!).

You can donate using the form below.
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We welcome you to become a part of the exciting refurbishment of this historic theatre. Seats start from £500 and will be commemorated with a bespoke inscription.

Your brass plaque will be placed on the wood of the chair just above the red cushioning, and have 3 lines of text for your own personalisation with 28 characters (including spaces) per line on each plaque. For example:

Timothy Thespian
Class of 1997
DST Exec, DULOG, Ooook!

(Please use the comment section to specify your chosen personalization)

If you'd like to see copies of our First Night newsletter please click on the one you'd like to read below:

Epiphany First Night (Newsletter) 2018

Michaelmas First Night (Newsletter) 2017

Epiphany and Easter First Night (Newsletter) 2017

Michaelmas First Night (Newsletter) 2016

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Development and Alumni Relations Office
The Palatine Centre
Stockton Road

0191 334 6305

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