Pivot Club

Our Pivot Club members are a wonderful group of individuals who all share a passion for theatre and who show their commitment for its future by supporting Central.

Pivot Club

Members of the Pivot Club play an important part in ensuring that The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama maintains its position as one of the leading university conservatoires in Europe.

Pivot Club members become part of the life of Central and make an invaluable contribution to the future of the performing arts by supporting the rising stars of the theatre, film and television, and performance industries in the UK and beyond.

By joining this group of passionate supporters you will become closer to our work and benefit from opportunities to witness the impact of your support first-hand with a range of opportunities to visit the School.


The Pivot Club was first launched in the early 1900s with the aim of raising money to support talented students without financial means. Central’s founder, Elsie Fogerty, was its first President and early members, including Central alumni Sir Laurence Olivier and Dame Peggy Ashcroft, ‘pivoted’ around her.

The original Club was disbanded at the outbreak of World War II but in 2011, in light of major changes in government funding, it was relaunched to continue with its mission.


£75+ per annum per member (or from £6 per month on Direct Debit)

Pivot Club Friends receive termly copies of Central’s Events Calendar; invitation to the Principal’s Summer Reception and Private View of the graduating year Design and Craft Exhibition; opportunity to buy tickets for special events; and public acknowledgement on Central’s website.

£300+ per annum per member (or from £24 per month on Direct Debit)

In addition to the benefits stated above, Pivot Club Circle members receive invitations for themselves plus a guest to attend the Principal’s Autumn, Spring and Summer Show Receptions.

£1,200+ per annum per member (or from £95 per month on Direct Debit)

Members joining at the Pivot Club Stalls level will receive all the benefits of the above, plus recognition of support in each of Central’s Autumn, Spring and Summer Event Calendars; the opportunity for a bespoke backstage tour of Central with a senior member of staff for your party (on request); and a private visit for you and a guest to see our community outreach and education students in action on their industry placement (on request).

Please note: as with all donations received by the School, your generous gift will not warrant your involvement in decisions regarding Central’s management or operation. Gift Aid and VAT information, for VAT purposes, your contribution is split as follows: Friend level donation of £75; Circle level donation of £205, benefits £95; and Stalls level donation of £1105, benefits £95.

To Join

To join the Pivot Club, please download and complete the PDF Pivot Club Donation Form. Alternatively, please contact our Fundraising Office on 020 7449 1636, and we will be able to discuss the Pivot Club further with you, and post you a printed copy of this donation form. 

I owe everything to my training at Central; it gave me the expert knowledge, breadth of experience and confidence to start my career.’ 

Michael Grandage, 
Central's President



Pivot Club