The Winchester theatre Fund has recently put two new corporate sponsors into the hot seat.

Luxury chocolate manufacturers Bendicks of Mayfair and Morley & Scott chartered accounts, have pledged to become part of the furniture in the newly restored Theatre Royal, by sponsoring seats in the auditorium.

The deal means that one seat will be named for each of the well-known firms under a ten year sponsorship package and theatre fund raisers are hoping that more businesses will follow their lead to

provide the final boost to the Fund's coffers.

"We are only too happy to back the Winchester Theatre Fund," said Paul Seftel, managing director of Bendicks, "Winchester has been without live theatre for too long" he declared. Fellow-sponsor Alistair Cole of Morley & Scott agrees, "Not only does sponsoring a seat in the theatre speak volumes for our commitment to the community, but the scheme also brings benefits to us as local


Work by Mansell on the Grade II listed building is coming on apace and the excitement is mounting as Winchester prepares for the opening of its newly restored theatre next year, after its £4m refurbishment.

"We are extremely grateful to these two companies," said Russell Fairchild, chairman of the Winchester Theatre Fund.

"Not only will the sponsors have seats named after them for the next ten years, but they will be able to use the new facilities at the theatre and receive a whole range of benefits, including priority booking for Theatre performances and events."

Information on becoming a corporate sponsor can be obtained from the Theatre Fund's fundraising manager, Sarah O'Connor on 01962 842226.