Stage One as a charity receives financial support from the industry via the Theatre Investment Fund voluntary ticket levy. This, together with an annual donation from SOLT, forms an endowment which finances Stage One’s overheads and enables the charity to support producers by making investments in new productions.
Stage One can invest up to 10% of the capitalisation of the production; but investment is limited to a maximum of £20,000. If the production is a new play or musical in which one of the equal share co-producers is a new producer, that production can apply for £35,000. Any returns on investment are reinvested in new productions.