Join Elaine C Smith and support the future of The Gaiety

The Gaiety Theatre, as we now know it, would not exist without the support of people like you. Together with generous donors, massive audiences and incredible volunteers, we have reopened and restored Ayr’s Category B-listed theatre. As we move forward, your support is still vital to make sure that The Gaiety continues to be a special place for another 114 years.

The Gaiety is here for everyone and reaches into every part of our community. We see audiences of over 60,000 create memorable experiences in our iconic theatre each year. And in addition to programming 250 live performances in Ayr, we also improve the lives of almost 4,000 people each year across Ayrshire from disadvantaged backgrounds. From introducing young people from rural communities to drama, to improving the wellbeing of those living with dementia in care homes, to helping young people gain skills, qualification and jobs in technical theatre.

But we can’t do it without you. If The Gaiety has ever inspired or entertained you, there’s several ways you can invest in its future so we can continue to do the same for generations to come.


Why others support The Gaiety

“We’re so lucky to have a theatre like The Gaiety on our doorstep. All our family enjoy the amazing variety of shows that are performed at The Gaiety. We support our local theatre so it can continue to be enjoyed by many.”McCormick Family
“I would be lost without the Gaiety. It’s unique in Scotland, and is an essential part of the attractions of Ayr. It is heartening to see how far The Gaiety has come, with help from the whole community. Long may it continue to develop and prosper.” – Jennifer West
“The Gaiety will always have a special corner in my theatre life. In 1954 I started working as a stage hand at The Gaiety. It was the skills I learned backstage at The Gaiety that helped me to have a long and, on the whole, successful life in theatre.” – Ruari McNeill

You can make a HUGE difference!

Join Elaine C Smith and become a Gaiety Champion today – because people who support their local theatre are champions!

Already The Gaiety creates memorable experiences for audiences of over 60,000 each year. Our drama and arts workshops enrich the lives of thousands of excluded young people in schools and communities as far apart as Irvine, Cumnock and Girvan. For many older people living with dementia, our creative workshops in care homes are the highlight of their week. We also make a proven difference to the local economy.

But we can’t do any of this without you. We are a charity and depend on the continued generosity of our incredible volunteers, donors, audiences – and our Gaiety Champions. Like those who entertain you on The Gaiety stage, our Champions deserve to take a bow and receive a round of applause. From just £5 a month, you can take centre stage in supporting the future of The Gaiety.

So I’m asking you to consider making a small regular donation because it gives us certainty. With you as a Gaiety Champion, we can plan ahead to deliver more activities for disadvantaged people, book better acts and make even more difference to our community. Whatever amount you can afford, it will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


Jeremy Wyatt, Chief Executive

ENERGY Champion

For £5 a month you could enable us to keep ticket prices affordable so up to 20 people a year experience the energy of live theatre, perhaps for the first time.

COLOUR Champion

For £7 a month you could add colour to the life of a disadvantaged young person or older person living with dementia through creative workshops.


For £10 a month you could ensure 500 stars every year look vibrant on The Gaiety stage by powering a spotlight.


For £16 a month you could help us support two vibrant volunteers everyday with training, support and equipment.

In return, you’ll get closer to The Gaiety and enjoy these exclusive benefits:

– Get the inside scoop with a quarterly newsletter
– Plan your visits in advance with previews of each new brochure
– Discover the hidden magic of The Gaiety with special backstage tours
– Show off your support with a stylish lapel badge and car sticker
– Meet stars of The Gaiety stage at special events
– Be part of the family with a listing in our seasonal brochures (Colour, Vibrance, Everyday Champions)
– Join the discussion in an exclusive annual reception with key staff (Everyday Champions)

For more information, please contact Jeremy Wyatt, Chief Executive on 01292 288 235

Sponsor Your Seat or Brick

Become part of The Gaiety’s iconic fabric!

Sponsoring a seat or a brick is a unique way of showing your love for The Gaiety Theatre and making a real difference to her future.

For a donation of only £100, you can sponsor a brick in our foyer display with a personalised dedication.
For a donation of only £250, you can sponsor a seat with a brass plaque engraved with a personalised dedication. This will be placed on the back of your chosen seat, subject to availability.

Your support will go directly towards preserving our beautiful Grade B listed theatre, so people like you can continue to create memories for another 114 years.

Mark your place in The Gaiety’s rich history by joining over 190 others, because…

– It’s being in the audience for every performance
– It’s celebrating a lifelong memory
– It’s remembering a loved one who enjoyed their time here
– It’s surprising someone with a thoughtful gift
– It’s joining Johnny Beattie and Elaine C Smith as supporters of The Gaiety

You can sponsor multiple seats and bricks with different messages. You can also spread the cost and pay for your sponsorship over several months by standing order.

To pay by standing order, complete this form and return it to us.

For more information, please contact Jeremy Wyatt, Chief Executive on 01292 288 235.

We need you and you’re there for us – thank you to our generous supporters

Individual donors, seat/brick sponsors and Gaiety Champions:
Tom and Sheila Andrew
Wendy Annan
Charlotte Beattie
Johnny Beattie
Fred & Sybil Berkley
Marilyn Jennifer Berry
George & Nancy Bone
Fiona Boyd
Iain Brown
Jessie Campbell
Kathleen Carmichael
Patricia Cowan
Alan & Jess Clark
Norma A. Clarkson
Paul, Betty & Stephanie Cohen
Gwen Cooper
John Copland*
Sarah Copeland-Phillips
Neil Craigie*
Stewart & Una Crosbie
Jacqueline Curran
Marianne Daly
Kathleen Dowdall* & Suzanne McAllen
James Dunlop
Robert Ferguson
Valerie & John Ferguson
Lionel & June Foreman
Fred Fuller
Margaret & Matthew Gibson
Jane Guthrie
Bob Grassom*
Catherine Grey
Frances H. Kelly
Lynn Hamilton & Stewart Andrew
Ella Hannant
Vivien Harrison and the Symington Ladies
Brian D Henderson
Denise Hogarth
Vince Hope
David Hutchison
Patricia Jamieson
Margaret Kemp
R.W. Lees*
Claire Lountain
Nan MacFarlane
David March
Pamela Martin
Iain Mathieson
Patricia Mathieson
Jacqueline Mawson
Ian McBlane
Sheila McCluskey and the Salsa G’s
McCormick Family
Stuart & Nan McCrae
Carol McKay
Ian McKay
Brian McKinlay (Jam @ the Dam)
Andrew & Margaret McLean
Ruari McNeill
Duncan McPherson
Catherine McWhirter
Joan Mills
Anne Monaghan
John Morrison
Nigel B Murray & Mary M Murray
Dorothy & Jim Nimmo
John Moore* & Roy Scott
Kay Moudden
Rishaad Moudden
Tracy Moynihan
Colin Loy
Andy & Maggie Paisley
Doug Paisley
Dean Park
Emma Louise Parks
Mr & Mrs A.M. Paton
Gordon & Miriam Pollock
Susan Porteous
Mary Tinling Preece* & Joyce Gifford
Nancy Raffel*
Ronnie Richmond
Alan Richmond
Leonard Rodriquez* and Margaret Rodriquez
Laura Ruth Scott
Shirley Scott
Evelyn Shields
Ann E. Smith
Elaine C Smith
Charlie & Hazel Steele
Joyce & Ian Steven
Simon Young*
William & Elise Walker
Jim Walsham
Mr & Mrs Derek Watts
Jennifer West
Valerie Wilson
Jean & John Wragg
Irene & Bill Wylie
Simon Young*

*In loving memory of

Community sponsors:
Ayr Arts Guild
Ayr Jazz Festival
Ayr & Prestwick Lions Club
Barr Tearoom
Belleisle Boys Cake Fund
Boots Chemists Ayr
Fraser Memorial Trust
Glasgow Ayrshire Society
Hillhouse Quarry Group
Karen Douglas Dancers
Kyle Care Mobility
Lamonts Solicitors Ayr
All involved with Lights, Camera, Auction!
Mac TV
Park’s Motor Group
Rotary Club of Ayr
Rotary Club of Girvan
The Scottish Music Hall & Variety Theatre Society
Tesco Extra Ayr
William Duncan & Co Charitable Trust
Worksmart Contracts Ltd

If you want to support The Gaiety then we’d love to hear from you.

To discuss what we can achieve together with your support, please contact
Jeremy Wyatt, Chief Executive – jeremy.wyatt@ayrgaiety.co.uk / 01292 288235

Our major sponsors:

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Trusts, foundations and grants:

FCC Scottish Action Fund (WREN), The Foyle Foundation, The Hugh Fraser Foundation, The John D Scott Trust, The People and Communities Fund & The Town Centre Communities Capital Fund (Scottish Government), Robert Barr’s Charitable Trust, RBS Skills and Opportunities Fund, South Ayrshire Charitable Trust, South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership (Ayr South Decides), South Ayrshire Place Partnership, South Ayrshire Waste and Environment Trust (Scottish Landfill Communities Fund)

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