the little theatre with BIG ideas

Welcome to The Hope Theatre; an award winning 50-seat venue above the world famous Hope and Anchor pub on Islington’s Upper Street. The Hope opened it’s doors in November 2013 with Matthew Parker taking the helm as Artistic Director in October 2014.

Although The Hope Theatre receives no public subsidy, it was the first Off West End venue to open with a house agreement with Equity, the UK’s largest performers union, to ensure a legal wage for all actors, stage managers and box office staff working at the theatre. Read more about it here

The Hope Theatre is a place for audiences and companies to explore BIG ideas. We nurture and develop new producing models, working with exciting companies to present a mix of new writing, lost gems from well-known writers, re-polished classics and innovatively staged musicals.

It won 2 Offie 2016 Awards for its first in-house production, the European premiere of Snoo Wilson’s Lovesong of the Electric Bear directed by our Artistic Director Matthew Parker. 2016 saw the first in-house season of 3 productions, all under the direction of Matthew Parker taking place in the spring, summer and winter. Sea Life by Lucy Catherine, Steel Magnolias (winner of the Critic’s Choice Break A Leg awards for Best Off West End Production 2016) and Her Aching Heart by Bryony Lavery (Best Off West End Play, Spy In The Stalls Award). The theatre finished 2016 with a record 11 Off West End award nominations, 16 appearances in Best Show Lists of 2016 and was shortlisted as Fringe Theatre of the Year at The Stage Awards.

Matthew Parker was named Best Artistic Director at the Off West End Awards 2017 for his work at The Hope in 2016.

The Hope Theatre has seen three productions transfer to the West End; Ushers to the Charing Cross Theatre, 46 Beacon to the Trafalgar Studios and Lovesong Of The Electric Bear to The Arts.

Matthew Parker: Best Artistic Director at the Off West End Awards 2017