The Royal Victoria Hall Foundation awards between twenty and thirty grants each year to smaller scale professional theatre projects based in London. There are two rounds of funding, with deadlines in February and August.
The Foundation has two major aims: to help professional productions in need of financial support and to introduce high-quality live performance to groups who are not traditional or regular theatregoers.
Examples of recent grants include those to Hampstead Theatre towards their Downstairs Studio £5 ticket scheme, to Metta Theatre towards In the Willows at The New Wimbledon Theatre and Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch in May 2019, to Pascal Theatre Company towards Blueprint Medea at the Finborough Theatre in May 2019, to Kill The Beast Limited towards Operation Mincemeat at the New Diorama Theatre in May 2019, to Kiln Theatre towards Wife at the Kiln Theatre in May 2019, to Hidden Track CIC towards Drawing the Line at the Albany Theatre May 2019, to Tamasha Theatre Company towards Does my Bomb look Big in This? At Soho Theatre Upstairs in May and June 2019, to Teatro Vivo towards The Hunters Grimm around Stratford East in May 2019 and Catford June 2019, to The Dot Collective towards One Hundred Trillion at the Old Vic Workroom in May 2019, to The Space towards four plays at the ScriptSpace Festival May-June 2019, to Jermyn Street Theatre towards Picture of Dorian Gray at Jermyn Street Theatre in June 2019, to Announcement Productions Limited towards Actually at Trafalgar Studios in August 2019, to the Royal Court Theatre towards their 2019 Re-Act programmes, to Stonecrabs Theatre Company towards The Trial at Camden People’s Theatre in August 2019, to Barrel Organ Limited towards Conspiracy at the New Diorama Theatre September 2019, to Lung Theatre towards Trojan Horse at Battersea Arts Centre in autumn 2019, to Project One Theatre Company towards How Love is Spelt at Southwark Playhouse in September 2019, to Theatre Centre towards The Border at Theatre Peckham in October 2019, to Fireraisers Theatre Company towards Femme Fatale at the Hope Theatre October 2019.
The Foundation also funds the Lilian Baylis Awards for promising students who attend the accredited drama schools in London. The grants are made at the end of the students’ second year to ease the financial pressures in their final year of study. Each student is recommended for an award by their drama school. We are sorry but this scheme is not open to general applicants. Please note that we do not make grants to individuals for drama training.
The Foundation is funded from the invested proceeds of the sale of The Old Vic Theatre in 1982 plus subsequent gifts and bequests. It has existed as a charity since 1891 and still owns the Theatre’s archives from 1818-1963, which are housed at The University of Bristol Theatre Collection.