Fundraising

Can I still donate to appear on the Supporters Mural?


The Supporters Mural is now full but there are other naming opportunities available if you would like to make a donation to NT Future. You can still name a paving stone on the Weston Terrace for a donation of £1,000 or a seat in the Dorfman Theatre for a donation of £5,000.

As a registered charity, the National Theatre will continue to fundraise beyond the scope of NT Future. Donations and sponsorship provide a vital source of annual income for the NT in supporting the work on our three stages and far beyond.

What is the NT Future Supporters Mural?


The Supporters Mural is a tribute to the over 3,000 donors who have contributed £100 or more to NT Future, helping us to transform the National Theatre. Supporters’ names and dedications to others are presented together on a long mural, which is publically displayed next to the Dorfman Theatre.

Has the project cost changed?


When NT Future was first launched, we hoped to raise £70 million to make the project possible. In 2013 we had raised £68 million and with this success in mind, we took the decision to raise the target for the NT Future Campaign to £80 million.

What type of acknowledgement am I allowed to use for naming seats and paving stones?


Acknowledgements must contain a maximum of 30 characters (including spaces). We are not able to accept dates, symbols (e.g. hearts) or any messages (poems or quotes); however, we are able to use the term ‘In memory of...’ providing your full dedication does not exceed the 30 character limit.

We are able to include more than one name in one acknowledgement, as long as the total number of characters (including spaces) does not exceed 30.

Examples of acceptable acknowledgements: ‘John Smith’ or ‘Mr & Mrs Smith’.

I donated multiple times to appear on the Supporters Mural. Why are my dedications separate?


Due to the design of the Supporters Mural, we were unable to guarantee that separate donations would appear together.

Why was NT Future necessary?


The National Theatre has not been comprehensively redeveloped since it opened in 1976 and much has changed on the South Bank and in the theatre industry in the years since then.

The riverside walkway now brings 12 million people past the NT's door each year, offering the potential to engage and welcome this wider public. Our creative workspaces located on-site were bursting at the seams, and our outdated former infrastructure and unsuitable backstage facilities increasingly failed to meet the needs of artists.

Will there be any changes to ticket availability?


NT Future is about making the NT more accommodating for current and future audiences. The Dorfman Theatre has been fitted with additional seating, allowing 27,000 more people a year to access what are often sold-out performances.

How are you paying for your increased activity as a result of NT Future? Will you need to fundraise more?


Far from increasing our running costs, the redevelopment has given us the opportunity to earn an extra £1 million each year.

We’ll earn the extra £1 million from having more seats in the new Dorfman Theatre, from new catering facilities and an improved shop, and by using 20% less energy.

As a registered charity, the National Theatre will continue to fundraise beyond the scope of NT Future. Donations and sponsorship provide a vital source of annual income for the NT in supporting the work on our three stages and far beyond.

How long will my paving stone or seat acknowledgment last?


Inscriptions will be in place for a period of no less than 15 years.

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