Support Us


Help us to ensure that we can re-open on the other side of this crisis.

The closure of theatres in the UK puts York Theatre Royal, along with hundreds of other theatres, into a critical situation. It’s with enormous sadness that we take these measures, but the safety of our audiences, staff and community is of utmost importance. As a charity, your support is crucial to our survival. We will do everything we can to support our ecosystem of artists, staff, partners and community, many of whom are freelance, during this unprecedented time.

York Theatre Royal has faced many difficult times during it’s 275 years of existence – including two World Wars, recessions and funding cuts. We are now facing another challenge, one which not only jeopardises the future of our theatre, but will have an impact on our beloved industry for years to come. However, the building still stands strong, just like the community it belongs to. We are determinted to be still standing strong in 275 years’ time, thanks to the support and generosity of our audiences, community and Members.

Now, in this time of difficulty, we are trying to be what our artists, communities, city, country and world need us to be at this moment. We will do our little bit, whatever it is, because all the little bits add up.

This crisis has profound effects for us as a charity. We are heavily reliant on ticket sale revenue and donations to operate​, with only a small percentage of our overall income coming from government funding.

Each and every penny counts for us right now, and if you are able to support us during this time, any donation, large or small, will make a huge difference.

Help us to ensure that York Theatre Royal can be here on the other side of this crisis to bring communities together again. Thank you.

Text 5YTR, 10YTR or 20YTR to 70085 to donate £5, £10 or £20*

Click here to give via our website.

Click here to give via Facebook – please note Facebook does not pass your contact details to us.

*Texts cost your donation amount plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to give but do not wish to receive these communications, type NOINFO at the end of your message (please do not add a space).

How To Support Us

Support your theatre and your community

Your support is now more crucial than ever. Help us to ensure that York Theatre Royal can be here on the other side of this crisis to bring communities together again.

Pledge Ahead

We're ready and waiting in the wings. Be there when our curtain rises again.

Pledge Ahead allows you to pay forward a ticket which you can use when we re-open next year. A £15 pledge will be redeemable on any future show at York Theatre Royal and can be used towards your booking of any seat in the auditorium – tickets are available from £15 for every performance. Supporters can make more than one pledge which can be redeemed on multiple tickets or higher priced seats.

By purchasing a future ticket through Pledge Ahead, you can ensure we open as quickly as is safely possible whilst bringing you the best shows and re-connecting our community.


Access discounts, invitations and more

We have a range of different membership schemes for you to choose from. Perfect if you want to enjoy discounts to shows, invitations to exciting events and exclusive money can’t buy benefits – all while supporting us to continue our work.


Corporates and Foundations

Be part of our rich heritage

A theatre has been operating on this site in York since 1744, but we are not a museum. Help us to continue to thrive in modern times, ensure we are relevant and progressive and make our city proud.

Gift In Will

Leave a lasting legacy

Remember York Theatre Royal in your will. Small or large, every gift left to the theatre will make a vital contribution to our work and our building for future generations to enjoy.