#SaveOurTheatres - Bring Back Brighton Dome

#SaveOurTheatres - Bring Back Brighton Dome

We did it
On 20th October 2020 we successfully raised £71,771 ( + est. £12915.25 Gift Aid ) with 963 supporters in 42 days

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 so far! Not only for your generous donations, helping us reach our original £25,000 target in just over two weeks, then our stretch targets too but for your encouraging and heart-warming messages that have given our team renewed energy to #BringBackBrightonDome. With your help, we can now aim for a higher target and get even closer to the additional £250,000 we need over the next year. Your further donations will enable us to commission more 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.

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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 and Café Domenica

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. We’re going to need some extra help to make this happen, this is why we are asking you to help us raise the first £25,000 of this funding gap.

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

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"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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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

12 of 40 claimed

Personal thank you by Brighton Dome staff

An email signed by as many of us possible or a video made for our supporters - it will be a special thank you!

£25 or more

65 of 75 claimed

Set of Brighton Dome art cards

A set of three colour print cards with Graham Cameron's painting of Brighton Dome (see on our campaign page). Graham has been working at Brighton Dome for 20 years and created this painting whilst furloughed.

£35 or more

56 of 65 claimed

Become a Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival Member

Membership for one year - benefits include priority booking on selected Brighton Dome shows throughout the year, priority booking on ALL Brighton Festival events, ticket offers and bar discounts.

£45 or more

30 of 60 claimed

Signed Lemn Sissay Brighton Festival 2020 poster

Brighton Festival 2020 'Welcome to the Imagine Nation' poster (see photo in campaign overview) signed by Lemn Sissay MBE, Brighton Festival Guest Director, acclaimed British and Ethiopian poet, playwright, broadcaster and speaker. Litho-printed, four-colour poster, size B2 (500x707mm), from the only Festival we have had to cancel in our 53-year history.

£70 or more

54 of 65 claimed

'Brighton Dome' print by Graham Cameron

A colour print (55x31cm) of Graham Cameron's painting of Brighton Dome (see on our campaign page). Graham has been working at Brighton Dome for 20 years and created this painting whilst furloughed.

£85 or more

95 of 115 claimed

Signed Brighton Festival print by Steve Bell

Exclusive signed A3 giclée print of Brighton Festival 1998 'Contains added Hove' brochure cover by Steve Bell (see image in campaign overview).

£100 or more

32 of 40 claimed

Screen print Brighton Festival 1988 brochure cover

Exclusive A2 screen print of Brighton Festival 1988 brochure cover firework display image (see photo in campaign overview) by Martin Sharp, legendary Australian artist. These deluxe prints have been lovingly handmade by Brighton's The Private Press and with premium paper donated by GF Smith.

£100 or more

12 of 40 claimed

Screen print Brighton Festival 2017 brochure cover

Exclusive A2 screen print of Brighton Festival 2017 brochure cover design (see image in campaign overview) by leading design agency Johnson Banks and Brighton tattoo artist Adam Sage for poet, musician and Brighton Festival 2017 Guest Director Kae (then Kate) Tempest's festival. These deluxe prints have been lovingly handmade by Brighton's The Private Press and with premium paper donated by GF Smith.

£100 or more

6 of 40 claimed

Screen print Brighton Festival 2018 brochure cover

Exclusive A2 screen print of Brighton Festival 2018 brochure cover by David Shrigley (see image in campaign overview). These deluxe prints have been lovingly handmade by Brighton's The Private Press and with premium paper donated by GF Smith.

£150 or more

36 of 90 claimed

Signed exclusive screen print by Morag Myerscough

Exclusive signed A2 screen print 'Art is our expression and our sunlight' by Morag Myerscough, specially designed for Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival (see image in campaign overview). These deluxe prints have been lovingly handmade by Brighton's The Private Press and with premium paper donated by GF Smith.

£350 or more

7 of 20 claimed

Set of 4 Brighton Festival brochure cover prints

Set of four exclusive A2 screen prints of Brighton Festival 1972, 1988, 2017 and 2018 brochure covers (see details and images in our campaign overview). These deluxe prints have been lovingly handmade by Brighton's The Private Press and with premium paper donated by GF Smith.

£600 or more

6 of 10 claimed

Name a seat

Name a seat in the Studio Theatre / Corn Exchange. Honour the memory of someone special, share your love of theatre, dance and music or surprise a loved one with a unique birthday or anniversary present. In appreciation of your donation, your name - or a nominated name - will be inscribed on a seat plaque.

£1,000 or more

4 of 10 claimed

Become a Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival Patron

Become a member of our Patrons Circle for a year to join a growing and vibrant network of people who share a passion for exploring and supporting the arts. Benefits include priority booking, discounts, personalised service, special events and behind-the scenes access.

£2,500 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Sponsoring a show

You or your business to be named as the supporter of an agreed Brighton Dome or Brighton Festival 2021 event and enjoy other benefits such as entertaining your guests at Brighton Dome. Different levels of sponsorship available, please do get in touch, if interested.

£10 or more

45 of 45 claimed

£10 ticket voucher

£10 Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival ticket voucher

£25 or more

25 of 25 claimed

£25 ticket voucher

£25 Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival ticket voucher

£100 or more

10 of 10 claimed

Private backstage tour for two

Private backstage tour of Brighton Dome - up to 2 people

£100 or more

95 of 95 claimed

Screen print Brighton Festival 1972 brochure cover

Exclusive A2 screen print of Brighton Festival 1972 brochure cover graphic of Brighton Palace Pier (see image in campaign overview); artist unknown. These deluxe prints have been lovingly handmade by Brighton's The Private Press and with premium paper donated by GF Smith.

£150 or more

48 of 48 claimed

Brighton Festival prints signed by David Shrigley

Exclusive screen print of Brighton Festival 2018 'Strive For Excellence' brochure cover signed by David Shrigley

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