Royal & Derngate unveils donors’ wall to thank supporters for hitting £498,000 target

The donors' wall at Royal & Derngate
The donors' wall at Royal & Derngate

People who backed Royal & Derngate’s £498,000 appeal earlier this year have been thanked on a new donors’ wall at the Northampton venue.

The appeal was launched to upgrade the underfloor stage technology in the Derngate auditorium and the work was carried out during the summer months.

A spokesperson for the theatre said: “As the new season gets underway a new donors’ wall has just been unveiled in the foyer, thanking all the trusts and foundations, grant bodies and individuals who gave so generously.

“When built 32 years ago, the Derngate auditorium was the first of its kind in the UK, harnessing the most up to date technology and ensuring that it could be transformed from a 1,200 seat concert hall to a 1,000 seat lyric theatre for musicals, drama and stand-up comedy, to a 1,600 capacity flat floor arena for rock and pop events.

“Having supported the weight of in excess of six million customers during its life span, the once revolutionary system needed to be retired and replaced with newer technology.

“Arts Council England provided a one-off grant worth £423,514 towards the necessary modernisation of the technology below the Derngate stage and auditorium, with the remaining funds being raised from donations from audience members and grants from Trusts and Foundations,” the spokesperson added.

Chief executive of Royal & Derngate, Martin Sutherland, said: “We are delighted that our audiences responded so generously to our appeal, allowing us to complete this vital work. This will ensure that we can continue to present a high quality programme in the uniquely flexible space of the Derngate auditorium.

“I would like to thank all our funders and supporters who helped us to achieve our target.”