name a seat for David Tennant in the new RSC theater in Stratford-upon-Avon

This news is two weeks old, so it might be moot at this point (though I suspect not), but readers of the fan site David Tennant The Site are raising money to endow a seat in his name in the new theater under construction at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s home base in Stratford-upon-Avon. All the details about how to donate and how to make sure your donation goes to the Tennant seat are here.

That’s Tennant photographed recently in the half-finished theater — he was helping to raise awareness of the ongoing Take a Seat project, which doesn’t just involve him. Seats may be named for anyone — actors who have already had a seat named after them include David Suchet, John Thaw, Ian Richardson and Dame Peggy Ashcroft — and the money raised will help the RSC in its ongoing refurbishing. More info on the RSC’s transformation can be found here.
As regular readers of this site are aware, I’ve spent some time in Stratford over the past two years and am huge fan of RSC productions. I would love to get back there again this year to see more theater and check out the RSC’s new facilities. I dunno if I’ll be able to make it happen, but I’m hoping…

(Thanks to reader Martha for the heads-up on the Take a Seat appeal.)

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Sun, Jan 24, 2010 5:15pm

Nice you’ve picked up on this – I understand they’ve almost reached £2,500.

You can also get a brick dedicated for £50 – but as Ten says, “depends on the brick.”

Joanne Wood
Joanne Wood
Sun, Jan 24, 2010 5:17pm

Hi MaryAnn,
Thanks for the plug! At the last update the Name a Seat for David appeal was just short of the 2nd tier level(2500 GBP) but still open for donations.

Sun, Jan 24, 2010 10:15pm

Thank you SO much for putting this out there! Not only is this for a wonderful cause, it also honors a talented & humble man!

Here’s hoping your article will get the word out there and we can give Mr. Tennant a well-deserved seat in his name!