Many Happy Returns?

In 2023 we celebrated our tenth birthday. We have achieved this remarkable milestone with some impressive support from the local community and our supporters. We are now launching our second major fundraising drive – 1889 Circle, a new scheme aiming to raise capital investment of £150,000 to create a more sustainable income. To get there we need to secure a more financial footing.

What is 1889 Circle?

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

Almost 135 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 reconfiguration of the ground floor facilities to maximise use and improve the visitor experience by creating a welcoming space:
• Relocate existing ground floor toilets to the basement for access at the front of the building.
• Repurpose existing toilets on ground floor as a stock room to serve the café.
• Refurbish existing ground floor accessible toilets.
The income generated will be invested back into our theatre.

Will you join us and pledge £1,889?

To join the 1889 Circle, we are asking for donation pledges of £1,889.

You can join as an individual, or with friends and family, splitting the cost between up to four people.

To join please email marie.mccarthy@omnibus-clapham.org.

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
We are grateful to our 1889 members, who are enabling our work to continue:

Ronald Paterson and Grette Elliott
Lucy Macdonald
Genevieve Gilbert
Kitty and Bruce Richardson
Charles Bland
John O’Farrell
Christopher and Caroline Clarke
Sally O’Neill
Alexandra Mclean-Williams
Michael Spitzer
Tony and Win Solway
Robert Edwards
Daniel Dovar and Nina Murdoch
Pam Alexander and Roger Booker
Lord Michael Cashman
Clare Gore-Langton
Jeannette Miller
Ian Calder
Mark Bayley CBE