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”. As it approaches its 125th birthday in December 2020 we are asking everyone who wants to see the Theatre survive and flourish for another 125 years to help raise the remaining money needed to restore the Grand Opera House and guarantee its future.
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 we can embark on the £12.2 million restoration project with confidence. Even with this support, though, the Theatre still faces a significant funding gap that we hope to address with your help.
Through the 125 Appeal we are asking all our patrons to consider making a donation to the restoration fund to help secure the Theatre’s future. Our suggested donation for the 125 Appeal is £125, but please give as generously as you can. Although this is a philanthropic appeal, we do want to acknowledge those who support the Theatre. Donors to the 125 Appeal will:
• See their name on a supporters’ screen in the Theatre foyer
• Receive an exclusive fortnightly newsletter during restoration
• Be invited on a free tour of the Theatre after re-opening
In addition, 125 of our donors and their guests will be invited to the Theatre’s grand reopening night in November 2020 (please note that, due to space restrictions, we will not be able to invite all donors to this event).
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 in November 2020.