2014-15 Annual Campaign


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YOU can make it happen! In 2013 we began creating a new theatre experience for the Community – one that combines the beloved, long-standing tradition of Richmond Shakespeare with the edgy and youthful energy of Henley Street Theatre. This marriage is a perfect blending of thought-provoking classic and contemporary language-based theatre in one vibrant performing arts organization.

To celebrate, we launched “A Marriage of True Minds” campaign to raise the funds to make our dream possible. Our goal was to raise $60,000 and we need your help to cross the finish line by June 30th. Your generous participation in this exciting venture will allow us to continue to offer high quality, engaging artistic theatre experiences and education programming and keep ticket prices affordable.

From its inception, the Richmond community has embraced this merger and our success has been extraordinary so far:

  • The Richmond Shakespeare Festival at Agecroft broke box office records this past summer, with over 4,000 patrons seeing our productions of A Comedy of Errors and Othello.
  • Our first joint production of this season was a critically acclaimed, sold-out extended run of The Importance of Being Earnest. “Powell and company’s staging takes BRILLIANT and FUNNY source material and handles it near FLAWLESSLY.”-  LizJewett, Richmond.com
  • Both companies were nominated for 24 awards by the Richmond Theatre Critics Circle and took home Best Play, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress for three of our nominated productions.
  • Our 5th annual Bootleg Shakespeare production of Pericles played to a sold-out house at Virginia Repertory Theatre.
  • In June we will be introducing a Shakespeare summer camp for middle school students. During a three-week intensive, students will work with theatre professionals on understanding and performing Shakespeare. The camp will culminate in a special one-hour performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Agecroft Hall, performed entirely by the students.
  • We are excited to announce in the fall of 2014 we will be doing a co-production of the award winning play Equivocation with Virginia Repertory Theatre. This is our first collaboration with Richmond’s largest theatre company and we are delighted to be working with them on this extraordinary piece of work.
  • In addition to continuing the educational programs already in place, we are launching a Shakespeare touring program, beginning with Romeo and Juliet in the spring of 2015.  We are in the process of pursuing grant funding that will allow us to bring this tour to Richmond’s inner city middle and high schools for free!

Your gift of any level will ensure that your investment in the Richmond community will be successful and will be most gratefully recognized by theatre patrons.

We hope you will join us on this new path as we venture together towards a more exciting theatre future!  Your contribution matters-whether its $100, $1,000 or $10,000. Only YOU can make it happen!

Please make your donation now by donating securely by clicking on the link below. Or you can send a check made out to Henley Street Theatre and mail to: P.O. Box 7265, Richmond VA 23221.

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