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LONDON – Delta Air Lines has partnered with London’s The Donmar Warehouse to provide free access to the theatre for young people in the U.K..

Delta, the leading U.S. airline serving the U.K., is supporting the Donmar’s work over the next two years. This includes underwriting 5,000 tickets for people under the age of 25 to see its flagship production of the Shakespeare Trilogy as part of the YOUNG AND FREE programme.

“Delta is committed to supporting the communities we serve and recently committed to allocating one per cent of our income to charitable causes,” said Nat Pieper, Delta’s senior vice president for Europe, Middle East and Africa. “London has such a rich theatre culture and partnering with The Donmar Warehouse enables young people in the city to be part of this and also gain acting experience through its outreach and mentoring initiatives.”

In addition to providing theatre tickets, Delta is also involved in community outreach activity. This includes the One Take Shakespeare initiative, in which young people performed their own interpretation of a Shakespeare monologue to win the opportunity to fly to New York to see a performance at the Donmar’s sister theatre – St Ann’s Warehouse.

“It’s exciting when the Donmar’s productions have a life beyond the Donmar stage. We want to share the work made by artists on the Donmar stage and we want to do that with generosity, with resonance, and with inspiring partners,” said Artistic Director Josie Rourke. “We’re living in a London where half our young people don’t attend a theatre, a museum or a music event each year. We also hope that YOUNG AND FREE will inspire seasoned theatre-goers to pay it forward, and we hope that young people, inspired by their generosity will walk through our doors to experience the Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy.”