Avid fans of The Bear Pit Theatre in Stratford now have the chance of putting their names in the spotlight!
Seating from ‘The Courtyard Theatre, which hosted a wide range of RSC productions during the £112.8 million major renovations programme to both the Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres, has been rescued by The Bear Pit in Rother Street.
Theatre goers are now being offered the chance to sponsor a seat at The Bear Pit for £100. Seat sponsors will benefit from an individually named plaque on their seat. Sponsors will also be invited to a special celebratory gala night to officially ‘christen’ their seats.
Matthew Kelly who is currently starring in Volpone at the Swan Theatre, as part of his debut season this summer with the RSC, took time away from his busy schedule to try out the new seating at The Bear Pit.
Commenting he said: “This is an inspirational move by The Bear Pit to not only safeguard a part of the RSC’s history, but provide a seat for life for Bear Pit fans and their friends. It’s so important for the audience to be comfy – you can’t concentrate on what is happening on stage if your arse aches!”
Simon Allen, chairman of The Bear Pit said: “The opportunity to acquire and install 100 original theatre seats from The Courtyard Theatre into The Bear Pit was just too good to miss and reflects the special relationship we enjoy with the Royal Shakespeare Company, which owned and operated The Courtyard Theatre. Not only will the new seating provide our audiences with extra comfort, but it also brings more of Stratford’s theatrical heritage to The Bear Pit.
“We shall be producing a numbered seating plan and the sponsorship funds will go towards acquiring other theatrical staging and production equipment on our wish list”, he added.
The seats are being made available to both individuals and corporate organisations.
For further information about how to sponsor please email: firstname.lastname@example.org