Othello (Oliver Wilson) in Emergency Shakespeare! at QUAD © 1623

What 1623 has found consistently is that people enjoy the fact that our work is so different from other theatre companies. We hold ourselves to the highest quality production, whether performing in a damp cave, a muddy field, a modern shopping centre or a vibrant learning establishment.

Bringing high quality, innovative work on from just an idea or a suggestion to fruition takes time, energy and, of course, money. We value all the artists we work with and want to be able to pay them a fair sum for the efforts they go to bring Shakespeare to life, in performances, participation activities, learning workshops and training sessions, as well as those people who work behind the scenes.

We are confident that all the people who have seen our work, wherever that may have been and in whatever form, would agree.

While we are not a registered charity at the moment, the company does run currently on a not-for-profit basis. Much of the effort put into our current and past productions and workshops has been made possible by people volunteering time or offering services to 1623 for free. As we move forward, we would like to be able to offer more fair fees to those people who work for us, for any and all the work we do.


Donate to 1623

You can make a one off donation to 1623 here.

Your donation will be going to help make the organisation more sustainable, so we can reach more people with our work.

You can use your PayPal account to donate, or you can pay with a credit or debit card through PayPal without having an account or creating one.


Join our Friends

If you join our Friends, you'll receive our regular newsletter, get credited online and be offered free tickets to our performances.

To join only costs £5 a month for individuals. If you and your partner take out a a joint membership, it only costs £8 a month. We are also delighted to offer a Young Person's membership for only £3 a month.

By joining you would be playing an important part in giving 1623 a long-term future.

Find out more about our joining our Friends.


Become a Supporter

If you become a Supporter, not only will you receive our regular newsletter, get credited online and be offered free tickets to our performances, but you will receive invitations to exclusive 1623 Supporters events such as drinks receptions and opportunities to meet members of the company.

Becoming a supporter starts from only £10 a month for individuals or £18 a month for joint memberships.

By becoming a Supporter you would be playing a vital role in securing a long-term, stable future for 1623, so we can continue to use Shakespeare's work to inspire, surprise and affect people.

Find out more about our becoming a Supporter.


Join today!



Would you consider sponsoring 1623, perhaps aiming to help us with one particular aspect of our work?

  • Our regular running costs, such as postage, website hosting costs, etc.
  • The costs surrounding elements of a particular production, e.g. the costs of programme production, transport costs, rehearsal venue, marketing material costs, accommodation, etc.
  • Perhaps you would be able to cover the costs of an entire production or run to enable more people to access Shakespeare for free?

Contact us to talk about the different ways your sponsorship could really help 1623 expand and improve.



When people feel that they aren't able to offer monetary support, we are very happy to seek support volunteers to help with other aspects of our work, particularly "on the ground" things, such as transport or accommodation, costume hire, locations for rehearsals, etc.

If you feel you can contribute please do Contact us us to let us know what you could help with.



Support 1623

Support 1623Join our Friends for only £5 a month and receive free tickets and a regular newsletter!

Support 1623Become a Supporter from just £10 a month and get free tickets and invitations to exclusive events!