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Support the future of the National Theatre through legacy giving.

Actors talking about a scene from 'Antony and Cleopatra' on the Olivier stage in front of students in the stalls, for the 2019 Student Conference

Legacy gifts to the AANT allow the National Theatre to plan, with confidence, ground-breaking initiatives and programs that fulfil the NT mission to share their exceptional work with the widest possible audience. Including the AANT in your estate plans and/or as beneficiary of a charitable trust, retirement plan or life insurance policy is something that anyone can do and will provide essential support for every aspect of the National Theatre’s work.

When you include the AANT in your estate plan, you help to inspire the next generation of theatre goers and ensure that the National Theatre’s work is available to future audiences around the world.

Benefits of joining the AANT National Treasures

AANT National Treasures was formed to honor individuals who have made a legacy gift to the American Associates of the National Theatre. In appreciation for their generosity, AANT National Treasure members receive exclusive invitations to US and UK-based events and recognition in donor publications.

I am proud to leave a legacy to the AANT 

As Chairman Emeritus of the National Theatre Board, I have seen first-hand how legacy gifts have made a difference in the lives of the next generation of theatre goers, and I am proud to leave a legacy to the American Associates of the National Theatre. 

On my first visit to the NT in 1971, I stood at the back for four hours, I was hooked. My love affair with the place has lasted half a century and is still going strong. Some things have changed in that time, but much hasn’t. It remains the worldwide gold standard of theatrical excellence and today, on its three London stages, and through its touring, transfers and NT Live, it is able to instill in so many more wide-eyed seventeen-year-olds a lifelong fascination with the theatre than was ever possible. 

I can’t imagine that I’ll be around for the whole of the next 50 years, so I would like to do something now to ensure that this love affair never ends. 

Please join me in pledging a legacy gift and joining AANT National Treasures, your generous gift will help to secure the long-term viability of this extraordinary institution. 

John Makinson CBE Chairman Emeritus of the National Theatre 

How to leave a planned gift

As little as one sentence in your Will is all it takes to ensure a dynamic future for the National Theatre. And leaving just 1% of your estate can make a difference.

Here is our suggested wording for adding a gift to your will:

“To the American Associates of the National Theatre, a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization incorporated in the State of New York, having as it’s principle address at 600 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10020, and EIN: 13-414012, I [name] of [city, state, zip code] hereby give, devise, and bequeath the sum of $___ or ___% of my estate for the general purposed of the American Associates of the National Theatre”. 


Information contained herein was accurate at the time of posting. The information on this website is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor. 

To find out more about how to make a planned gift and how these gifts have an impact on the NT’s work, please contact Eamonn Wright, Director of Individual Giving at / (212) 489-4783.