Iris Theatre is an award-winning theatre company and charity - we’re passionately devoted to creating transformational opportunities for the next generation of theatre practitioners and artists, but we need your help, now, to survive!

Alongside our annual summer season of shows at St Paul’s Church Covent Garden, this year would have seen us launch three brand new development and training schemes targeted at a range of artists at different stages in their careers - some of them may be getting into theatre for the very first time, others taking the next steps in their professional development. You can read more in detail about our initial plans here : PLATFORM and START. However, due to the outbreak of COVID-19, we have had to take the difficult decision to postpone our summer season until 2021 and reimagine our training and development plans for early-career artists for the forseeable future.

Coronavirus Information

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on Iris Theatre. We make all of our income in just 10 weeks each summer, and without that income this year we face a sustained, urgent hardship that could see the company close. We need your help more than ever, so we can continue to support young artists and break-through talent in their careers, and delight thousands of people with our shows each summer. For more information, please visit our blog.

Why become an Iris supporter?

Your support at this time would be vital to our work. It will help ensure our surival and enable us to deliver our development projects for young artists and break-out talent. Our ambition is for Iris Theatre to become a genuine hub for emerging artists, regardless of background, and by supporting us, you’ll play a fundamental part in helping us achieve our aims. 

Why should I set up a regular donation?

Regular monthly donations allow us to plan and budget ahead, and as we are currently fighting through this crisis month-to-month, a regular donation really is the best way to support us through our current hardship. It’s also really simple; you can choose how much you would like to donate each month, and you can stop your donation whenever you want. We are a small charity, with low running costs, meaning every pound makes such a difference towards our surivial.

Are there any other reasons why I should help? 

We know that people don’t give to charities for the benefits they receive back, however the below is a small way for us to show our gratitude for all your help and support:

  • You’ll get 10% discount at our bar for all Iris events
  • You’ll receive exclusive Supporters’ newsletters 
  • Your name will be credited in all our programmes and on our website

In short… 

Iris Theatre does not receive any core subsidy and without urgent financial intervention our charity could cease operation. That's why we need you at this vital time! We are determined to continue to carve out unique opportunities and support for a wide range of artists at different stages of their career. So, for the price of a pint, or a cup of coffee once a month, you can join us on our ambitious plans. Become a supporter of Iris Theatre and help us survive!


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