OK, I have no idea if you’ll ever get to sit next to him or any other famous supporters of the Bristol Old Vic, but the theatre is currently running a fund raiser called Sponsor a Seat. Information here.
In 2018, Bristol Old Vic will see the realisation of our £25m redevelopment plan and building work has begun in earnest. In celebration, we have released, for naming, the final seats in our historic auditorium – allowing individuals to own a piece of the Theatre’s unique history and secure it for the future.
The brand new Studio, currently under construction, is also available for seat sponsorship and provides an opportunity to support directly the development of new writing, performers and artists – many of whom will begin their careers in this intimate and nurturing space from 2018 onwards.
So you can sponsor a seat along with familiar faces such as Patrick Malahide, Sir Patrick Stewart, Julie Walters, Jeremy Irons & Sinéad Cusack, and others. How cool is that? I will admit, I felt sad seeing Alan Rickman’s name in the list, but it is obvious he too loved good theatre.
And here is a lovely portrait of Patrick Malahide preparing for his role as King George III by Rachel Hemming Bray. I’ve posted this before, but it really is gorgeous, so I’ll post it again. 🙂
— Friends Theatre Coll (@Friends_UoB_TC) June 9, 2016