The 125 Appeal
Every great city needs a great theatre, and Belfast is no different.
In 1895 the Theatre’s original proprietor, Joseph Warden, called the Grand Opera House “a credit to our flourishing city”. The Theatre celebrated its 125th birthday in December 2020 and to mark this historic landmark, we have been running an appeal to help build and preserve an archive of stories, memories and memorabilia relating to the Theatre’s history, which can be enjoyed by generations to come.
The Grand Opera House is a publicly-funded charity, and it is only thanks to pledges of support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Wolfson Foundation, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Foyle Foundation and the Grand Opera House Trust that essential restoration works are taking place. As part of the 2020 restoration programme a new heritage exhibition will be created in the Theatre, but this is just the start of a much bigger project to find, record and archive the Theatre’s history.
Through the 125 Appeal we are asking our patrons to consider making a donation to the restoration archive fund. Our suggested donation for the 125 Appeal is £125, but please give as generously as you can.
Thank you for supporting the restoration of your Theatre. We look forward to welcoming you back and showing you around the restored Grand Opera House when it reopens in 2021.