#SaveOurTheatres - Bring Back Brighton Dome

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#SaveOurTheatres - Bring Back Brighton Dome


raised so far

+ est. £12925.25 Gift Aid



We’re part of the #SaveOurTheatres initiative launched by Theatres Trust. Please help us bring back performances to Brighton Dome.

New stretch target

Thank you so much for all your support! Not only for your generous donations but for your encouraging and heart-warming messages that have given our team renewed energy to #BringBackBrightonDome. Your donations will enable us to commission brilliant artists to bring their performances to Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival in 2021. It takes time to programme events, so the sooner we know that we have the funds, the earlier we can confirm paying artists, companies and event staff. Our stretch target will also help us with grant applications that we are working on, as it will increase funders' confidence in our 2021 programme and beyond. 

Special thank you to David Shrigley, Graham Cameron, Morag Myerscough, Steve Bell, Lemn Sissay and all the incredible artists and businesses for helping us create more rewards for #BringBackBrightonDome supporters - see below and under 'Rewards'. We are delighted to be working with The Private Press - Brighton based specialists in high quality screen printing -, and overjoyed that GF Smith - the makers and curators of the world's finest papers - have donated some premium quality paper.

Please continue to support and share #BringBackBrightonDome. Your contribution at this moment is already making a huge difference. Thank you!

#BringBackBrightonDome is part of a national initiative launched by Theatres Trust to prevent the permanent closure of hundreds of UK theatres.

Brighton Dome is one of the theatres and arts venues currently closed for live events due to the coronavirus pandemic. We are a registered charity, operating three venues, a large annual arts festival and two music education services, engaging with over half a million people every year. The closure of our venues in March and the cancellation of Brighton Festival 2020 meant that suddenly our organisation lost  67% of its self-generated income through ticket sales and events. Our 1,800 capacity Concert Hall is only able to consider vastly reduced capacity, socially distanced live performances, and the Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre are undergoing major refurbishment until autumn 2021.


Recovery, renewal, reopening

During our closure we have received overwhelming support from our audiences, Members and Patrons as well as invaluable ongoing support from Brighton & Hove City Council and emergency funding from Arts Council England.  

Since the end of March, we have been doing everything we can to help our recovery, renewal and reopening, from ticket donations through cost savings to accessing emergency funds and launching online events and partnership projects such as A Simple Act of Wonder, Café Domenica and Live is Alive

However, with the continued uncertainty around when large-scale live events might return, we need to raise £250,000 over the next year, in addition to our normal fundraising activities. 

If you donate to the #BringBackBrightonDome campaign, you will be not only supporting the city’s vital arts community but doing your bit to help bring back live performance again to one of its most treasured spaces. We will use your donations to programme and deliver Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival shows in 2021.

To thank you, we are offering rewards such as backstage tours, theatre ticket vouchers, posters and art prints including five exclusive screen prints of favourite Brighton Festival brochure cover art works (see below) selected by our audience members from Brighton Festival’s back catalogue from the last 54 years. These A2 (420 x 594 mm) or A3 (297 × 420 mm) deluxe prints have been lovingly handmade by Brighton's The Private Press and with premium paper donated by GF Smith.

Please donate to enable a diverse line-up of theatre makers, musicians, dancers, artists, freelance creatives, stewards, technicians, producers and many others to restart rehearsals, performances and workshops again for Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival seasons in 2021. Do this for the whole theatre and arts community that we serve by providing an accessible environment where both local community groups and internationally acclaimed artists are inspired to develop ideas and present their work, often for the first time. 

Donate to help us bring back families and creative learning projects to our stages, such as the Umbrella Club and Miss Represented


"I genuinely didn't think I had a future before and now there's so many other ways I can go." (Miss Represented participant)

"The theatre is something that our whole family can enjoy together" (Audience member)

“Before I found out about Umbrella Club, I wouldn’t dream to look at any theatre or music shows as having disabled children we have a lot of financial strain on our family. But now I know Umbrella Club offers tickets and workshops, my family and I actually get excited about the opportunity to go out together.” (Parent member, Brighton Dome Umbrella Club)

#SaveOurTheatres throughout the country

In villages, towns and cities across the country, theatres are at the heart of their community. Places to come together, to be inspired and be entertained. Theatres are where our best-loved actors learn their craft and thousands of others learn valuable skills. 

But we risk losing this forever.

Without urgent support, we could lose our nation’s amazing theatres. Please help us to make sure our theatres survive this crisis and will be there to be enjoyed by future generations.

Please donate, share this page widely and do what you can to help us to make sure we #BringBackBrightonDome. Thank you!


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