Support Us

Join Elaine C Smith and support the future of The Gaiety

The Gaiety Theatre, as we now know it, would not exist without the support of people like you. Together with generous donors, massive audiences and incredible volunteers, we have reopened and restored Ayr’s Category B-listed theatre. As we move forward, your support is still vital to make sure that The Gaiety continues to be a special place for another 114 years.

The Gaiety is here for everyone and reaches into every part of our community. We see audiences of over 60,000 create memorable experiences in our iconic theatre each year. And in addition to programming 250 live performances in Ayr, we also improve the lives of almost 4,000 people each year across Ayrshire from disadvantaged backgrounds. From introducing young people from rural communities to drama, to improving the wellbeing of those living with dementia in care homes, to helping young people gain skills, qualification and jobs in technical theatre.

But we can’t do it without you. If The Gaiety has ever inspired or entertained you, there’s several ways you can invest in its future so we can continue to do the same for generations to come.

  • For £10 you could enable 2 older people and their carers to attend our Dementia Friendly events.
  • For £50 you could buy tickets for 4 children who wouldn’t otherwise be able to experience our pantomime.
  • For £100 you could help 20 excluded young people develop their skills and confidence in our Act Out workshops.
  • For £250 you could enable 250 people a year to sit in a comfortable new seat.
  • For £500 you could light up over 500 stars each year with a set of new energy efficient LED stage lights


I want to play my part today


If you want to support The Gaiety then we’d love to hear from you. To discuss what we can achieve together with your support, please contact either:
Jeremy Wyatt, Chief Executive – / 01292 288235
Rishaad Moudden, Development Coordinator – / 01292 270924


Why others support The Gaiety

“We’re so lucky to have a theatre like The Gaiety on our doorstep. All our family enjoy the amazing variety of shows that are performed at The Gaiety. We support our local theatre so it can continue to be enjoyed by many.” – McCormick Family

“You bring joy to the hearts and minds of many that attend performances there.  A beating heart to the city.” – David March

“I’m too far away to volunteer but I will always support The Gaiety.” – Joan Mills

“I support The Gaiety because I firmly believe that live theatre and the arts are a vital part of the cultural value of our society.” – Norma A. Clarkson

“I would be lost without the Gaiety. It’s unique in Scotland, and is an essential part of the attractions of Ayr. It is heartening to see how far The Gaiety has come, with help from the whole community. Long may it continue to develop and prosper.” – Jennifer West

“The Gaiety is such an iconic part of the Ayr scene that the town was much the poorer when it was closed.” – Susan Porteous

“The Gaiety will always have a special corner in my theatre life. In 1954 I started working as a stage hand at The Gaiety. It was the skills I learned backstage at The Gaiety that helped me to have a long and, on the whole, successful life in theatre.” – Ruari McNeill

“My papa used to bring me to Ayr on holiday and the highlight as a little girl was always a visit to the Gaiety Theatre. Sadly, he didn’t see the theatre restored to all its former glory, but would have been immensely proud that we have worked so hard to keep it open and for it still to be such an important part of our lives in Ayr.” – Tracy Moynihan


We need you and you’re there for us – thank you to our generous supporters


Our major sponsors:



Trusts, foundations and grants:

FCC Scottish Action Fund (WREN), The Foyle Foundation, The Hugh Fraser Foundation, The John D Scott Trust, The People and Communities Fund & The Town Centre Communities Capital Fund (Scottish Government), Robert Barr’s Charitable Trust, RBS Skills and Opportunities Fund, South Ayrshire Charitable Trust, South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership (Ayr South Decides), South Ayrshire Place Partnership, South Ayrshire Waste and Environment Trust (Scottish Landfill Communities Fund)

Ayr Gaiety Partnership is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, no. SC041464