In 1990/91 we introduced a ‘sponsor a seat’ programme where patrons could name a seat to
show their support for the theatre and have a personalised plaque attached to a particular seat.

Now, 25 years on, we're keen to reunite these plaques with their owners. As well as many local theatre-lovers, some famous names have also sponsored seats in the past including Ken Dodd, Tom Jones, Cameron Mackintosh, actress Sylvia Syms and Tommy Cooper. Many local businesses and associations got involved too including Cummins Engine Ltd, The Northern Echo, Elm Ridge Garden Centre and Darlington Rotar Club.

It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to reunite people with their plaques. Many were dedicated to friends and family and their support made the 900 for the 90s campaign possible. With a large restoration on the horizon we feel the time is right to re-unite people with their own part of the theatre.

Over 300 brass plaques in total were produced. A comprehensive list of names has been drawn up and is shown below. If you were one of the supporters back in 1990/91 and would like to be reunited with your plaque or collect it on behalf of a family member or business, please email with your name, address and contact details or call Heather Walkington on 01325 406104. 

Seat Sponsors, 1990/91

14th Darlington Brownie Pack
8th D'ton (Cockerton) B.P. Scouts - Panther Wolf Cub Pack
A Mackenzie
A Morgan
A. & G. Redhouse
Adrian Sanders - Greyhound
Alan Stemp
Albert Siddle
Albert Wales
Alex Cartwright
Amy Tennant
Angus MacDonald
Ann D. Chambers
Anne Walton
Appleton Wiske Yorkshire Countrywomen's Association
Art Shop
Association of Secretaries (Cleveland Branch)
Audrey Baker
Audrey MacDonald
Barbara Kell
Beatrice Cuthbertson
Brenda and George Flynn
Brian Tennant
Brian W Moor
Burts Carpets
Cecil Bell - 1937-1990
Cinderella Company & Cast 1989/90
Cleveland Shopping Centre Middlesbrough
Connie Adamson
Cora Reeves
Crabtree Security Darlington
Cummins Engine Co. Ltd
Darlington and District Federation of Townswomen's Guilds
Darlington Antique Collectors Club
Darlington Civic Theatre Box office Staff 1990
Darlington College of Technology Students' Union
Darlington Historical Society
Darlington Lioness Club
Darlington National Women's Register 30th Anniversary 1960-1990
Darlington Police Welfare Club
Darlington Police Wives
Darlington Women's club
David I. Pedelty
David Jay
David Plumpton
David Swan
David W Norris
Dennis Eiriog Williams
Dennis Robinson
Doreen and Stan Dean
Dr and Mrs W.A. Henderson
Dr Sandra M. Nye
Dressers of Darlington
Elena Mikaelonva Dankova Ankers
Elizabeth Postle
Elizabeth Postle
Ella-Kate Nye
Elsie Siddle
Embroiderer's Guild. Darlington Branch
Erie Quin
Ernie Quinn
F.C.;G & J.V. Carter
Fernedene Lodge Children's Nursery
First Theatre Productions Ltd
Florence R Robinson
Frank and Friends
Frank Brown and Walford Chartered Accounts
Frank Wake
G.H. Hepple
George E Miller
Gillian S . Knowland
Graham Tennant
Guisborough Theatre Club
Harry Adamson
Haughton Le Skerne Women's Institute
Henry and Mercy Bartle
Hilary and Mike Hughes 2011
Hilary Stemp
Hummersknott School
I. Hepple
Ian Hughes
Inkland Ltd
J E Nevin
J.S. & A. Ellis
J.S. Black
Jean Hockaday
Jean Kendal Caunt
Jean Miller
Jean Soakell
Jeff Hockaday
Joan E Day (London)
Joan Swan
John and Christine Hall
John G. Chambers
John H. Mason
John M & Margaret R Philpot
John Tennant
Joyce (Joy) Dale
Joyce M Jackson
Jubilee Theatre Club
Judith Cartwright
K Home Engineering Ltd
Katherine Thurloway
Kathryn Anne Smith
Kathryn L Hobdell
Kenneth Burton
Kings C & C Services Ltd
Ladies of the Mayor's Charity shop
Lamb's Toy Shop
Lawrence, Joan & Elizabeth Farey
Len Bevis
Leven Finance
Libby Roberts
Liz Duckworth
Lona Murray
Lumpy and Belinda, Pantomine Ponies 1989/90 Cinderella
Lynda Hughes
M. & B. Casy
M.M. Morrit
M.T. Laundy School of Dance
Marjorie Cox
Marjorie Sanders - Greyhound
Marks & Spencer Staff
Martin McEvoy Productions Ltd
Mary Irving
May Judge
Mayor of Darlington 1989-90 Councillor Barrie Lamb
Mayoress of Darlington 1989-90 Mrs Christine Lamb
Michael J Stamford-Bewlay
Mike Ringer - 27.4.90
Miss D. M. Hutchinson
Monica Graham
Mr & Mrs J. H. Eltringham
Mr & Mrs R.J. Hall & Mr & Mrs A.R. Leckie
Mr and Mrs David Cooke
Mr and Mrs E H Gott
Mr and Mrs E.W.T. Alderson
Mr and Mrs F. Wilkinson
Mr and Mrs J A Styobbs
Mr and Mrs J Pilot
Mr and Mrs J.B.M. Rowatt
Mr C.W. Botcherby
Mr Donald Henderson
Mr E. & Mrs J. Armstrong
Mr R Watson
Mr Ronald Snowdon
Mr W S Townsend
Mr W.C. Fletcher
Mrs B Fletcher
Mrs Cora Epton
Mrs D A Townsend
Mrs Jessie Nye
Mrs Joan E Snowdon
Mrs M. Black
Mrs Margo Newell
Mrs O. Dawling
Mrs P Watson
Mrs R.B. Botcherby
Mrs Sylvia N. Henderson
Nan, Lena and Babs
Newcastle Breweries
Newpalm Productions
Nigel J.C. Knowland
Niki Payne
Niven and Niven Architects
Norma Coverdale
Norman and Margaret Brookes
P.D. & F.M. Banks
P.J. Dawling
Pannell Kerr Forester Chartered Accountants
Paton and Baldwins
Patricia V Oldham
Paul Farrah
Pete Sanders - Greyhound
Peter Tod
Polam Hall School
R., G & E Wootten
R.A. (Roy) Chapman
R.C. Morgan
R.F. Abery
Rachel J Green
Ralph F Appleton
Raymond Baker
Renee Stepham Limited
Richard Bucklry
Robert Spence
Roper Insurance Brokers
Roseville Nursery
S. R. Horner
Saltburn and Marske Arts Society
Sanderson Townsend & Gilbert
Sheila Buckley
Sian Jay
Sidney S. Nye M.R.C.V.S.
Sidney S. Nye M.R.C.V.S.
Skippers Trucks
Sons of Temperance Friendly Society Darlington District
Sons of Temperance Friendly Society Darlington District
St Augustine's Repertory Society
Stanley Robdrup
Stockton Inner Wheel Club
Sue and Ken Robinson
Ted Cox
Ted Judge
Tees and Hartlepool Port Authority
Teesdale Travel Bureau Ltd. Barnard Castle
The Kay Players
The National Council of Women Darlington & District Branch
The Soroptimist International of Darlington & District
The South Durham and North Yorkshire Flower Arranging Club
The Theatre Trust
Timmie Morrison
Tina Mason
Upper Wensleydale Ladies Luncheon club
Victoria Armstrong
W. Boyes & Co Ltd
W.A. Newton & S.F. Newton
W.E.A. Darlington Branch
What's on Round Darlington Magazine
Whirligig Theatre
William Henry Wallworth
William Stokell
Wm Cuthbertson