On behalf of actor Sam Heughan, a fundraising appeal launched has raised more than £ 45,000, which will go towards helping the Edinburgh Royal Lyceum Theatre.
In honor of Sam Heughan, the fundraiser page, named “Save A Seat For Sam This Christmas,” offers supporters the chance to buy a ticket to a virtual gathering.
In the two short weeks after their campaign started, both fans of the hit series Outlander, American Savannah Forge and Australian Tash Pow, are “thrilled” with the response and “excited” about the prospect of the next two weeks of fundraising.
An exciting announcement for @lyceumtheatre to benefit our Save A Seat For @SamHeughan fundraiser! Connect to the fundraiser #SaveASeatForSam: https://t.co/ylWEZDfVeZ pic.twitter.com/y5M4d6AfVmm.
– November 29, 2020, Save A Seat For Sam (@SaveASeatForSam).
“We are thrilled to announce that we have raised $60,000 within the first two weeks of our Save a Seat For Sam Heughan fundraiser, which benefits the Royal Lyeum Theatre Edinburgh.”We are pleased to announce that in the first two weeks of our Save a Seat For Sam Heughan fundraiser, which benefits the Royal Lyeum Theater Edinburgh, we raised $60,000.
In honor of Sam, this number has been collected by fans, just like us.
“We are very, very excited to see how much more we can raise for the theater in the remaining two weeks of the fundraiser.”
Earlier online, Sam Heughan thanked fans, calling it a “wonderful” and “beautiful idea.”
Outlander actor Sam Heughan thanks fans for helping to save theaters in Edinburgh
Practically scheduled to take place on Dec. 12, the performance will feature close friends and colleagues sharing their stories about the famous Scottish star.
David Greig, the artistic director of the theater, said that he was “literally jumping for joy” and praised the “extraordinary” sum so far earned.
“He said, “Outlander fans who know how much Same Heughan means to The Lyceum have come together to support us, and what incredible kindness!
“It’s been a tough year, but this is a moment of hope.”
“There were so many days last year when I felt the ground shift beneath us, mostly for the worse: the closing of our doors, postponed openings, lost jobs… this is a moment when you realize how much theater means to people and how kind people can be, it’s very special.”
“He added, “[Sam Heughan] during this Covid crisis was an absolute building block. He supported theater in general and the Lyceum in particular.
“His fans are the best.”
Mr. Greig also wrote how the “Save A Seat For Sam” movement tells the story of “how theater is woven into our broader cultural life.”
“The writers, actors, designers and directors who make the shows we love so much very often got their start in local youth theaters or on community house stages in rural areas.”In local youth theaters or community house stages in rural areas, the writers, actors, designers and directors who make the shows we love so much very often get their start.
In October, as Edinburgh theater lovers got behind the iconic venues, a crowdfunding appeal for Capital Theaters in Edinburgh raised nearly £ 87,000 in just four weeks.
Panto villain Grant Stott, who supports the Emergency Support Fund for the Festival and King’s Theatre, emphasized that “we need to do what we can” to support our theaters when many are forced to close in the aftermath of the pandemic.
“Mr. Stott, who also appeared in Outlander’s fourth season, called Save A Seat For Sam’s fundraising total “incredible” and “remarkable” for making it possible for Outlander fans.
Learn more about the Emergency Support Fund for the Festival and King’s Theater here, and the Save A Seat For Sam campaign here.