The Rt Rev Paul Butler, Bishop of Southwell
Mr Desmond Barritt Mr Richard Digby Day
Mr Adam Woolfit Mr John Tallents Miss Joanna Parlby
Sir Ronald Harwood
Malcom Ellison FCA (Hon Treasurer)
Carolyn Drury Lucy Kitchen
David Nightingale Robin Bowerman
Beryl Rimmer Kathryn Fox
Sara Gilbert Sheila Mumby Tina Paris
Carol Wilkinson (Hon Secretary)
The Wolfit Endowment Fund was founded and registered as a charity (No. 1065634) in 1997. The Fund was established to assist students of drama, both financially and in-kind, using the income from its invested capital.
The Trustees will consider applications for a grant of £1000 to individual drama/musical theatre students, over 17 years of age, who are resident in Newark or Balderton, or who have attended a school in Newark or Balderton. Trustees prefer to give grants to students who are in the final year of their course but this should not deter students from applying earlier.
Helping drama students to realise their ambitions in this way is a fitting memory to one of the greatest stage actors of the twentieth century, Sir Donald Wolfit C.B.E. The Fund maintains the link between Wolfit and his home town of Newark (and its neighbouring village Balderton, where he was born) by supporting students who either live, or went to school, in this area. Young people considering a future in acting can thus draw inspiration from the life and career of this, their town's most famous actor-son.
In addition to its grant-giving role, the Fund works to support acting and the theatre in the local area through a programme of events. The highlight of these is the Annual Wolfit Drama Festival, and details of this can be found by clicking on "Current Events".
The Fund also exists to celebrate and further our understanding of Wolfit, whose role as the last of the great actor-managers is a subject especially important to the history of theatre. Anyone who wishes to find out more about Wolfit is very welcome to contact the Fund.
The following are recommended by the Fund as sources of further information about Wolfit: