Birmingham REP and ballet company share £15,000 in donations

Published: 16 February 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

Overwhelmed: Birmingham Royal Ballet director Carlos Acosta and the REP's artistic director Sean Foley Credit: Joe Bailey

More than £15,000 has been given to Birmingham REP and Birmingham Royal Ballet in a Save a Seat campaign, with donations from audiences being match-funded by law firm DLA Piper.

The fundraising was to help cover lost income from some of the seats left empty during the run of The Nutcracker at The REP after performances were cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions. All proceeds will be split equally between the REP and Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Sean Foley, the REP’s artistic director, said, “we’ve been overwhelmed by the incredible support of audiences and partners. We very much look forward to a time in the not too distant future when we can welcome all those who’ve helped us over the course of the year back to the REP.”

Birmingham Royal Ballet director Carlos Acosta added, “the unwavering support from audiences has been a constant source of encouragement for the company and we can’t wait to return to the stage as soon as we can.”

Audiences can watch Birmingham Royal Ballet dancers in The Nutcracker at the REP which is streaming online until Sunday 21 February. Tickets cost £10 per household and are available at the Birmingham Royal Ballet web site.