Name that seat!

The Bear Pit Theatre is unique in many ways. You now have the opportunity of sponsoring a seat!

Matthew Kelly

Matthew Kelly who starred in Volpone at the Swan Theatre as part of his debut season with the RSC during the summer of 2015 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!”

The Bear Pit Theatre has bought seating from the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Courtyard Theatre, which is currently undergoing a major renovation programme and Bear Pit Theatre goers now have the chance  to sponsor a seat for £100 or two for £150.

All sponsors will be invited to a celebratory Gala Night to officially “christen” their seat and, for the lifetime of the seat, will benefit from their chosen seat bearing an individually engraved plaque.

Naming a seat is a perfect way to celebrate a special occasion, dedicate to a memory of someone dear to you, or add your own name or your organisation’s name to the supporters of this unique ‘little’ theatre in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon. Sponsorship funds will go towards paying the cost of the seats.

View the Sponsor A Seat campaign leaflet

Download the Sponsor A Seat forms

Simon Allen, our chairman, 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.

The seats are being made available to both individuals and corporate organisations.

For further information about how to sponsor, please email: