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Please help Leicester’s oldest surviving theatre shine bright for everyone!

We’ll add your name to our thank you wall. This will be a physical display and there will also be an online version to celebrate your donation.

We’ll also add your name or dedication to a seat and invite you to our supporters networking event, when the time is right.

Sponsorship package to include your name or business name on a stair to the balcony, in the next theatre brochure and online recognition.

The Y Theatre was built in 1900 as part of the local YMCA, which it still is today. In our history we’ve weathered some storms, with the theatre itself providing shelter to soldiers coming back from the First World War. We couldn’t have imagined that in 2020 we’d have to close our theatre doors for a very different kind of threat.

You may not be aware that The Y Theatre is part of The Y, a local homeless charity housing 102 young people who have experienced family breakdown, mental health issues or abuse. While the theatre has closed in response to the Coronavirus outbreak, our charity has made a momentous effort to increase the vital support to our residents, as they do not have their families around them.

As a small independent venue without grant funding The Y Theatre shares the current challenges of other arts sector organisations, however we are uniquely entwined with the wellbeing of local young people. We need your help to make sure that this vital part of our organisation survives. We’ll always be here for our young people but we are at risk of losing our historic theatre. We have had no income at all since we closed our doors in March and therefore need your help to be able to carry out essential repairs and refurbishments. Our Victorian treasure would not be able to continue as a theatre which would impact our organisation but also would be a huge loss to the community.

Buy a T-Shirt!

Leicester Merch Aid was set up by Cool As Leicester in an effort to raise funds for local independent businesses and organisations during Covid-19. We’re delighted to be able to bring you your very own Y Theatre t-shirts. 100% of the profits will go towards helping Leicester’s oldest surviving theatre shine bright for our community.