Make a Donation

Make a Donation

Make a Donation

Maintaining our wonderful theatre spaces and varied arts programming is vital to our members, community & diverse audiences. Thousands of people visit each year. We offer a wide range of productions, activities, and opportunities for visitors & volunteers. Many older people value our welcoming environment. We are more than just a theatre; we are a community and a social club that cares about its members, volunteers and visitors.

Due to the current Coronavirus outbreak, Ilkley Playhouse is closed. This is such a challenging time for everyone, and we do not know when we will be able to reopen.

We need your help now more than ever; if you can offer a donation, we would be incredibly grateful.  You can donate online today via the link below.  Due to the theatre's closure, we are only able to take donations online currently.

We are also asking ticket holders to consider donating the cost of their tickets to support the future of Ilkley Playhouse. If you would like to do this please email us with details of your booking at where we will log the information for our box office to process once we have reopened.

Our audiences and community are what make our theatre special and we are hugely grateful for your support and patience during this challenging time.

Charitable Giving

Ilkley Players Ltd is a registered charity (number 1096090). We are registered for Gift Aid and welcome all forms of donations. We invest our funds into supporting and encouraging participation in community theatre and the arts.  

Please Click Here to read our Charitable Giving document.

Sponsorship and Advertising

We believe very much in building and supporting long-term relationships. We aim to make sure that any partnership benefits their companies, the theatre and the community.

We value and appreciate the support of our current advertisers:

•  Annings  (Ilkley) Ltd  •  Arcade Kitchens (Ilkley) Ltd  •  Clegg’s Electrical  

•  Peter Cockerill  •  Clip 'n Climb Ilkley   •  Dale Eddison  

• A.J. Hird Insurance Consultants •  The Ilkley Cow  

• Good & Roberts   •   Moorprint (Ilkley) Ltd  •  Eric Spencer  

• Home Instead   • Ladies in Waiting   •  John Whitham Funeral Services  

To make a donation or find out more about our sponsorships and advertising opportunities, please contact the office at or call 01943 609539.

October 2020

Ilkley Playhouse receives lifeline from the Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund

Ilkley Playhouse has been awarded £60,454 as part of the Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure the theatre has a sustainable future through to March 2021.

Ilkley Playhouse, a registered charity, has social and artistic aims and has been at the very heart of Ilkley’s arts and culture for over 90 years, presenting diverse entertainment for all ages. The theatre’s work is locally rooted, but its reputation is far reaching.

Ilkley Playhouse is one of nearly 2,500 arts organisations across the country to receive much needed CRF support.

Jamesine Cundell Walker, Artistic Director said: I am delighted that the Arts Council recognised that the Playhouse is a central artistic hub for the area. We produce our own wonderful theatre and host so many professional and community events in our well-equipped building. Thanks to this grant,normal services will be resumed as soon as possible.

Justine Sowden, Theatre Manager said: Thank you to DCMS and Arts Council England for this important grant. It will enable us to retain staff and continue to promote arts and culture in Ilkley. It validates the work that everyone involved in the Playhouse does: from the wonderful band of volunteers who give of their time and expertise to run the bar, provide refreshments, build sets, make costumes; not forgetting the committee members who cast the plays and plan the seasons, the directors, the actors and all the backstage support without which no play would ever see the light of day. It means that we can face the challenging months ahead with hope. We are also thankful for our audiences, participants, members, and supporters for their continued support during this difficult time.


Ilkley Players Ltd is a registered Company in England and Wales (4170290) and a registered Charity (1096090).  VAT registration 172 0272 92