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#VirtualBucketShake for The Old Rep Theatre

The Old Rep Theatre is part of a national initiative launched by Theatres Trust to help us raise funds via a virtual bucket shake this festive season.

We need your help more than ever in order to maintain this historic and beloved Theatre. With your help and Crowdfunder we are convinced that #VirtualBucketShake will enable us to raise the money necessary to continue a programme for much needed improvements of this historic venue, such as our stage lighting which is over eighty years old, sound desk upgrades and on-going auditorium repairs.

This year due to the global pandemic, we are unable to open our doors and closed to public performances until 2021. We are facing a loss of income from ticket sales, merchandise and bars, as well as missing out on the opportunity for a traditional bucket collection. This is why we’d like to invite you to take part in a Virtual Bucket Collection this festive season.

Your donations will be used for the upkeep and restoration of our stage, lighting, sound equipment and auditorium.

Michael Penn, Executive Director of The Old Rep said “Each year at our Christmas shows we tend to shake a bucket to gain useful funds to make improvements to the Old Rep Theatre.  This year with no Christmas show we are shaking a virtual bucket. We appreciate this year is difficult for a lot of people in terms of income but every bit raised will be used for improvements within the theatre. Merry Christmas from all at The Old Rep”

Gary Stevens, General Manager and Operations Director added “At this time of the year normally The Old Rep Theatre would be packed with laughter and fun as hundreds of families would descend into the theatre for what has now become the traditional ‘Christmas Show’. Sadly, due to local control measures, the doors remain closed.  Vital income from refreshments and merchandise sales have been completely wiped out and the theatre is calling on the nation to support them with a Virtual Reality Bucket Collection. Our ambitious aim is to try and reach £50,000 which will go towards the upkeep and maintenance of the stage lighting, sound and auditorium. The Old Rep has been part of the local community for well over hundred years and if every person in Birmingham alone just donated £1 this would well exceed the total required and help restore this historic venue. We appreciate things have been tough on everyone this year and our plea comes at a time when incomes are challenged, however every pound you donate, you can be assured will be going towards this much-loved theatre.”

Every penny counts. To donate click here.

We would like to take this time to thank you all for your continued support. Stay safe, and we hope to see you all again at The Old Rep Theatre in 2021.


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We would like to pass out thanks on to our patrons Brian Blessed, Annette Badland and Toyah Willcox for taking the time to film these appeal videos.