Individual giving

There are a number of ways in which you can support your local theatre

Making a donation

Making a donation to Derby Theatre is easy, and can make a significant contribution to supporting the work we do. Even just rounding up your ticket purchase by £1, £3 or £5 and giving your permission for us to claim Gift Aid on the additional amount can make a real difference.

Using Gift Aid means that for every pound you give, we can claim an additional 25p from the Inland Revenue, at no extra cost to you - making your donation help Derby Theatre even more. We can reclaim tax on any donations made by individuals, whether large or small, regular or one-off, provided the conditions for the Gift Aid tax relief are satisfied. This means you must pay an amount of Income Tax at least equal to the tax that we reclaim on your donation. If you pay tax, all you need to do is give your permission and we will do the rest.

Basic rate tax is 20%, so this means if you give £10 using Gift Aid, it's worth £12.50 to our charity. If you pay higher rate tax, then you yourself can claim the difference between the higher rate of tax 40 and/or 45% and the basic rate of tax 20% on the total 'gross' value of your donation to Derby Theatre. You can make this claim on your Self Assessment tax return. For more information see HM Revenue & Customs' website or speak to your financial advisor if you have one.

The easiest way to donate is through Box Office when you buy your tickets, either on the phone or online.  If you'd rather send a cheque, please make it payable to University of Derby Theatre Ltd and enclose a completed Gift Aid form which you can download here.  Please post to Paul Challacombe, Development Officer, Derby Theatre, 15 Theatre Walk, Eagle Centre, DE1 2NF.

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Plus One

A gift to inspire - donate a ticket for a child in care

Major arts and cultural organisations in Derby have joined forces to provide children in care with opportunities to see and experience live performances, films, workshops, and a host of further arts and culture related opportunities, throughout the city and beyond.  Your donation to Plus One makes a massive difference. Experiencing the arts can spark a life-changing journey for a young person in care.


When booking tickets or attending events at Derby Theatre, Déda and QUAD, or engaging with Baby People, you will be given the opportunity to contribute to the Plus One scheme. We are working closely with Barnardo's and other expert partners to ensure that the tickets and experiences generated through donations are given to children in care and their carers.

"It was amazing to be involved. This is so special!" Frankie   "People have been really generous." Charlotte

You can donate to the Plus One scheme via our Box Office whether you're booking for a show or wishing to donate independently. If you have any questions about making a donation, please call our Box Office on 01332 593939  Make a Donation

The creative partners for Plus One are all not-for profit organisations.  Plus One has been supported and given initial investment by The Mighty Creatives

Leaving a Legacy

Every year, Derby Theatre makes a difference to the lives of thousands of people - audiences, participants and artists alike. By remembering Derby Theatre in your will, you could leave a lasting legacy which will help to enrich the lives of others.

It is also a tax efficient way of giving. The University of Derby Theatre Limited, the official name of the Theatre, is a registered charity, and a gift from your estate will be free from inheritance tax under existing legislation.

Derby Theatre welcomes legacies of any amount and every pound really will make a difference to the impact we can make. Depending on the size of your bequest, it may be possible to sponsor a production in yours or a loved one's memory. You may have a favourite event, such as the Christmas play, or Youth Theatre production, which you would like to support or you may wish to help with the education and community work which annually involves hundreds of young people in Derby, Derbyshire and beyond. Alternatively, you may wish the capital sum involved to be held as an endowment and spent gradually over a number of years. You can specify (either in your will, or in a seperate "letter of wishes") the way you would like your bequest to be dealt with, or you could leave this decision to the Theatre's Board of Trustees, your Executors, or to a loved one. The choice really is yours.

You, or your solicitor, are very welcome to contact our team for further information and any conversation you wish to have about leaving a legacy would be discussed in the strictest confidence.

Telephone: 01332 593974