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Royal Patrons - $1,000.00
Just like companies today, many Elizabethan companies relied on patronage from wealthier people, including the monarch. It has been recorded that Shakespeare's company performed at the courts of Kings & Queens, and other notable Lords and Ladies. During the reign of Elizabeth I, Shakespeare's company was known as The Lord Chamberlain's Men, when James I took the throne in 1603, they became The Kings Men. As their patrons became more demanding of performances, the company expanded adding more performers and company members, and shareholders. 
For contributions at this level Donors will have their names printed in our programs for the season, will be listed on our Donors page for the duration of the season, and will receive one complimentary VIP Donors table (6-8 seats) for a performance of their choice.

The Galleries - $100.00
Stairways on the sides of the theatre led audience members into the galleries. The galleries were a little more expensive, but the perk was a bench to sit on. The benches were tiered in each level of the gallery, and the galleries comprised 3 levels in total. It was not entirely popular for women of class to be seen at the theatre, and so they would generally seat themselves in the galleries with vizards covering their faces.
For contributions at this level Donors will have their names printed in our programs for the season, will be listed on our Donors page for the duration of the season.

The Groundlings - $25.00
Groundlings were the audience members in Shakespeare's time who paid a penny to attend a performance. Usually they stood in the yard, their heads being just about level with the stage height made them appear as though they were an extension of the "ground" the actors walked upon. Due to the less than adequate hygiene of the Elizabethans these audience members were often also referred to as the "Penny Stinkards".
For contributions at this level Donors will have their names printed in our programs for the season, and will be listed on our Donors page for the duration of the season.

"O wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in't!"
                                               - Miranda, The Tempest, 5.1, 181-4



The Lords Boxes - $500.00
The Lords Boxes, The Gentlemen's Boxes, and The Juliet Balcony were some of the places were audience members of distinction could sit to "view" the play, whilst being on view themselves. Many of the rich who came to the theatre did not come to watch, but to be watched - they relished in the attention, and in many cases arrived late so as to make an entrance themselves! The Boxes were located above the stage directly, and to the left and right sides of the stage in the second level of the Galleries.
For contributions at this level Donors will have their names printed in our programs for the season, will be listed on our Donors page for the duration of the season, and will receive two complimentary seats on stage for a performance of their choice!

The Tiring House - $250.00
The Tiring House is the space directly behind the centre portion of the stage where the actors prepared for the show, and from where some of their entrances were made. The "pre-show" was live as soon as audience entered the theatre - they could see actors getting into costume, painting their faces, and preparing to perform. Shortly before the play began, the doors to The Tiring House would be closed.
For contributions at this level Donors will have their names printed in our programs for the season, will be listed on our Donors page for the duration of the season, and will have the opportunity to visit our actors backstage as they prepare for their performance.

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The Shakespearience Group needs the support of generous friends, family, and theatre lovers like you! Our programming cannot take place without the generous donations of our audiences. We have some exciting new options listed below to help you get involved and support our programming!