While we're excited to be back spreading Christmas cheer this festive season with the return of pantomime, we're also aware that this time of year can be difficult for some. That’s why we’re delighted to announce the return of our gift donation initiative Palace Presents after its successful launch last year.

The incredible generosity of our theatre visitors last year resulted in around 220 gifts, worth over £2000, being gifted to 5 deserving charities. This year we're hoping that people coming to enjoy Dick Whittington and His Cat will spread their own Christmas joy to others as we're doubling the number of charities being helped to 10! YMCA Newark and Sherwood, Homestart, Newark Emmaus Trust, Beaumond House, Children’s Bereavement, Women’s Aid, Think Children, PAACT and HUG - Help Us Grieve are all set to benefit from your kind donations.

Some charities have requested specific donations. Please find these below:

YMCA - hats, socks, pyjamas, mugs, bowls, note pads and diaries

Homestart - supermarket vouchers

Newark Emmaus Trust - clothing and Argos vouchers 

Think Children and HUG - felt tips, crayons, playdough and colouring books

People wishing to get involved and donate a gift for the scheme should include a removable tag on the donation, stating the type of present enclosed and the gender and age range it’s suitable for. These can then be dropped off at Box Office from Wednesday 1st to Saturday 18th December during opening hours of 10am to 4pm Wednesday to Saturday, or when attending a show.