In January we were very excited to announce that we had been awarded a substantial grant from Arts Council England’s Small Capital Grants programme, towards the installation of a new seating system in the Tobacco Factory Theatre. Since then, we have secured another 4% of the total cost from Bristol City Council.

But we need to raise the remaining £150,000 by 01 August 2013 in order for the work to go ahead, so we’re asking for our supporters, audience members and partners to BE PART OF THE TRANSFORMATION and help us to raise that final amount by Sponsoring A Seat.


Work is now underway to redesign the much-loved Factory Theatre and installation of new seating will happen in August 2013. This is an incredible moment that marks a new phase in the evolution of the theatre. The theatre’s achievements over the last 10 years are founded on its loyal community of supporters, who have been instrumental in the much-loved Tobacco Factory Theatre’s emergence as Bristol’s newest cultural powerhouse.


We will be:
• Fitting comfortable seats
• Improving sightlines
• Increasing capacity


Whilst retaining:
• Intimacy
• Character
• Flexibility

As a registered charity, the theatre relies on the support of a great many individuals and organisations to keep the doors open. We are proud that only 6% of our annual income comes from the public purse, but for this project we are delighted that Arts Council England is supporting 44% of the total cost. Bristol City Council has agreed to fund a further 4%.


Sponsoring a Seat or Making a Donation

We are asking audiences, business partners, visiting companies and other loyal supporters of the theatre to make a donation to the seating appeal by Sponsoring A Seat. This vital contribution will improve the experience of theatregoers for years to come. In recognition, Sponsors will be acknowledged on the theatre wall for the next 10 years and have the opportunity to dedicate their own plaque. Seats can be sponsored for either £150 or £300 and wall plaques will be differentiated according to the level of donation.

Every single penny that is donated will make a difference, so for individuals who don’t feel able to Sponsor a seat, we’ll be extremely grateful for each and every donation and encourage those people to join the transformation with whatever they can afford. It will be appreciated.

Seats sponsored so far

As of 15 April 2013, we have sold 115 seats and our current fundraising total from the public appeal is £36,616. A fantastic start and we’re hugely grateful to everyone who has sponsored a seat or made a donation so far – THANK YOU!

But there’s a long way still to go, so please consider how you can Be Part of the Transformation:

For more information on the Seating Appeal and being part of the transformation see

To Sponsor a Seat or make a donation go to our secure JustGiving page:

Alternatively, call the Box Office on 0117 902 0344, or pick up and fill out a leaflet from the theatre.

Thank You.