1889 Circle


This year we are celebrating our fifth birthday. We have achieved this remarkable milestone with some impressive support from the local community and our supporters. We plan to be celebrating our tenth birthday in 2023. To get there we need to secure a more financial footing. We are now launching our second major fundraising drive – 1889 Circle, a new scheme aiming to raise capital investment of £150,OOO to create a more sustainable income.


In 1889, Clapham Library was opened – a public space for discovery, learning and storytelling.

Almost 130 years later, Clapham Library has moved but this beautiful Victorian building remains a space for the very same things. In 2013, after a seven-year public campaign to save the building from being turned into private flats, our home – the Omnibus Theatre you know – opened its doors.
We currently receive no guaranteed financial support from the local council or arts funding organisations. Instead, we rely upon the generosity of our audiences and supporters. Funds raised through the 1889 Circle will fund moving our cafe-bar to the front of the building, allowing us to open throughout the day and into the evening, without disturbing or interrupting theatre performances. The income generated will be invested back into our theatre.


To join the 1889 Circle, we are asking for donation pledges of £l,889.
You can join as an individual, or with friends and family, splitting the cost between up to four people. Donations can also be made in monthly installments.


All members of the 1889 Circle will receive the following benefits:
Exclusive invitations to special 1889 Circle Events with notable guests from stage and film
Recognition of your support in our café-bar space
Six complimentary tickets to productions at Omnibus Theatre (per pledge)
Drinks vouchers for the café-bar
Discounted room hire (subject to availability)
Invitations to Supporters’ Parties
Regular Supporters’ email newsletters
Priority booking to select events, including our popular ‘In Conversation With’ series