It’s time to take a seat for theatre’s exciting future...

Singer-songwriter Beatie Wolfe, who is supporting the New Theatre Royal's Take A Seat campaign
Singer-songwriter Beatie Wolfe, who is supporting the New Theatre Royal's Take A Seat campaign
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The New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth is about to enter an exciting new chapter in its long and illustrious life – and you could be part of it.

We’re asking readers to nominate people who deserve to have their name on a plaque on a seat in the new auditorium of this historic Victorian theatre.

It could be a friend or relation who loves theatre, or maybe somebody who has shown great bravery in overcoming illness or adversity.

Perhaps you know someone who has done selfless work in the community and deserves to be honoured.

Theatre chief executive Caroline Sharman said: ‘The New Theatre Royal is about bringing the community together and making everyone feel a part of the theatre.

‘It is still standing and alive today thanks to the hard work and support of our local community, so we want to give something back to them.

It is still standing and alive today thanks to the hard work and support of our local community, so we want to give something back to them

‘Not only by giving them a new theatre to be proud of, but by offering this opportunity to dedicate a seat to someone who deserves to be recognised and celebrated.’

This exclusive offer is part of the theatre’s new Take A Seat campaign, which gives residents, businesses, organisations and theatre fans the opportunity

to sponsor a seat for £215.

Seats will display each sponsor’s name on a plaque for the life of the seat. They are being allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The campaign is being supported by celebrities including musician and BBC broadcaster Paul Jones, acclaimed singer-songwriter Beatie Wolfe and actors Sheila Hancock Edward Fox, Timothy West and Prunella Scales.

The NTR has enjoyed more than 150

years as a cultural landmark in the heart of the city and is set to re-open in the autumn following a £4.5m rebuild and refurbishment programme.

This includes a creative learning centre dedicated to Oscar-winning writer and director Anthony Minghella.

To nominate someone for a free named plaque on a seat of their choice, please e-mail features@thenews.co.uk with the name of the nominee and an explanation of why they deserve this honour.

Closing date for entries is midnight on June 11, 2015.

For more about the Take A Seat campaign, go to newtheatreroyal.com/support-us/take-a-seat/

Sponsoring a seat does not include admission to individual performances/events or guaranteed allocation of that seat for a particular performance.