#SaveOurTheatres - Plaza Theatre Romsey

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We did it
On 6th October 2020 we successfully raised £15,133 ( + est. £3230.50 Gift Aid ) with 300 supporters in 28 days

We’re part of a national initiative launched by Theatres Trust to prevent the permanent closure of UK theatres. Please support our campaign

 New stretch target

Plaza Future

Wow! We've made the Act 1 Curtain Raiser target - A huge thanks to all of our supporters so far.. now lets start Act 2 & look forward to the Big Finish - a year of security for our Plaza dreams.

Plaza Future is the name we give to our ongoing efforts to maintain and improve this wonderful art deco building that is our home. 

Plaza Future develops our capacity to support a high quality of life for our communities through enhancing our historic 1930s building, and re-investing in the services we can offer from it. 

Already 10,000 times a year someone buys a ticket to be entertained and informed by live performance. With our building improvements, that figure can go higher.

This ambitious project is estimated at £550k, but within our reach in normal times. Due to lockdown, however our reserves are reducing daily due to our fixed overheads ( £20k pa ).

With your help, in covering these costs - we will be ready to return, undiminished to our major refurbishment plans as soon as we can.

Thank you.

The Plaza Theatre, Romsey is part of a national initiative launched by Theatres Trust to prevent the permanent closure of hundreds of UK theatres.

The Plaza Theatre, Romsey has consistently provided quality drama to our discerning local audiences & has been rewarded with a loyal following. Our beautiful theatre is the jewel in our crown, owned & operated by RAODS volunteers & members.

An efficient, well run volunteer organsation producing popular, profitable shows year after year.

Members of The Little Theatre Guild & National Operatic & Dramatic Association. A TripAdvisors Travellers' Choice venue for 2020.


Why are we crowdfunding ?

Our theatre risks financial hardship due to the unprecedented lockdown measures.


Your donations will be used to cover our basic overheads. Our reserves are ear-marked to match a significant & hard won grant which will allow us to proceed with our amazing Plaza Future  project. If we spend reserves on the day to day running costs, the whole grant may be at risk . 

Please donate what you can, purchase a reward or create a fundraising page to support our cause. Please also share our page widely with your crowd.

About The Plaza Theatre, Romsey

One of the largest amateur theatres in the country, Romsey Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (RAODS) owns and operates The Plaza Theatre.

Close to Southampton, Salisbury and Winchester, the Plaza Theatre is perfectly situated to serve a large local community. An art deco venue with bucketfuls of character, the Plaza offers Pantomime, Musicals, Comedy, Drama, Dance, Youth productions and Live Music. 

An active membership of over 300 members keeps the Plaza a vital community space for the people of Romsey. Membership Details


"The Plaza Theatre in Romsey is an astounding building. You don't have to want to be on the stage to get involved... ...my advice is don't miss out on an opportunity to discover Romsey's lovely theatre"

- Sir Ian McKellen

"Drama groups like RAODS provide a vital foundation for the whole of the industry"

- Mark McGann ( Patron )

About Save Our Theatres

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.

We saw our main source of income disappear in an instant when theatres closed in March in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Six months later, we still don’t know when we will be able to reopen fully. A decision won’t be made until November at the earliest – possibly too late for us to put on our annual pantomime which  provides significant income to support the theatre for the rest of the year.

This ongoing uncertainty puts theatres in a perilous situation. The government’s bailout is spread across all cultural organisations and certainly won’t be enough to save all of the UK’s theatres.

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 our theatre survive this crisis. 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£50 or more


RAODS membership PLUS Roll of Honour mention in every RAODS main stage production programme in every RAODS show for 12 months from when we reopen fully

£10 or more

£10 Reward - Pixie Dust

Thanks for your support. We'll love you for ever.

£20 or more

£20 - Angel Cake

Our love ,thanks & we'll add your name to a new Supporters Page on our website

£30 or more

27 of 240 claimed


We'll add your name to a new Supporters Page PLUS Basic RAODS membership, newsletter, members events & discounts here in Romsey, Hants.

£100 or more

Bold As Brass

RAODS membership, roll of honour mention PLUS permanent thanks in way of a brass seat plaque

£100 or more

5 of 240 claimed

Wise Little Pigs

RAODS membership, roll of honour mention PLUS a brick commemorative on our wall of honour.

£200 or more

4 of 239 claimed


As Wise Little Pigs PLUS 1 ticket for every RAODS show for 12 months from when we reopen fully

£300 or more


As Wise Little Pigs PLUS 2 tickets for every RAODS show for 12 months from when we reopen fully

£400 or more

0 of 240 claimed


As Wise Little Pigs PLUS 3 tickets for every RAODS show for 12 months from when we reopen fully

£500 or more

2 of 240 claimed


As Wise Little Pigs PLUS 4 tickets for every RAODS show for 12 months from when we reopen fully

£1,000 or more

1 of 10 claimed


As Angel PLUS Exclusive Gala night-of-your-choice package - 20 person + tickets , Post show reception, nibbles & drinks, meet the cast & crew - of the main stage RAODS show of your choice.

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