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.

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.

2016 launched the first in-house season of 3 productions, all under the direction of Artistic Director 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, a lesbian bonkbusting, corset ripping musical by Bryony Lavery. 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.

The Hope Theatre has transferred two productions to the West End; Ushers to the Charing Cross Theatre and the Snoo Wilson’s Lovesong Of The Electric Bear to The Arts. It won 2 Offie 2016 Awards for its first in-house production Lovesong of the Electric Bear and has been home to many world premieres including the professional world premiere of Joe Orton’s Fred And Madge.

The Hope Theatre opened in November 2013. Matthew Parker became Artistic Director in October 2014.

For more information on Equity’s “Low Pay, No Pay” campaign click here