about us

The award winning 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. We are the little theatre with big ideas!

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

The Team
Artistic Director: Matthew Parker
Technical Manager: Jo Abram (incoming Timothy Hofmeier)
Associate Director: Luke Adamson
Associate Producers: Benjamin Alborough, Cas Hodges & Anthony Orme
Artistic Associates: Phil Croft (Director)
Assistant: Kennedy Bloomer
Board of Trustees: Jane Mayfield (Chair), Maggie Daniels & Carsten Hayes

“Hope Diamonds”: Simon Malpas, Des Seal, Linda Shoare, Tony Shoults, Anonymous Donors x 2
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In-House Productions
The first in-house production under new Artistic Director Matthew Parker was the award nominated, 5 star European Premiere of Snoo Wilson’s LOVESONG OF THE ELECTRIC BEAR in early 2015. This production transferred to The Arts, West End in Nov 15 and was a finalist in 3 categories at the Off West End Awards and winning 2.

2016 saw our first in-house season of 3 shows hitting The Hope space.
SEA LIFE, a dark and magical comedy by Lucy Catherine in the spring, STEEL MAGNOLIAS in the summer & HER ACHING HEART, a lesbian bonkbusting, bodice-ripping musical by Bryony Lavery. Both SEA LIFE & HER ACHING HEART were nominated for multiple Offie Awards and garnered a record-breaking amount of 5 star reviews. STEEL MAGNOLIAS won Best OffWestEnd Production at the Break A Leg Critic’s Choice Awards as well as garnering ten 5 star reviews.

In May 2017 we staged the 40th anniversary revival of Dennis Potters controversial masterpiece BRIMSTONE & TREACLE. The production once more garnered a staggering amount of 5 star reviews and 2 Offie Award nominations.

Team Biogs

Matthew Parker – Artistic Director
Matthew is a freelance theatre director and the Off West End award winning Artistic Director of The Hope Theatre. He trained on the Postgraduate Directing Course at Drama Studio London.
He was nominated for Best Director at the 2015 Off West End awards for LOVESONG OF THE ELECTRIC BEAR, his inaugural production at The Hope which later transferred to The Arts Theatre, West End. In 2016 he received two Off West End Best Director award nominations for the London premiere of Lucy Catherine’s SEA LIFE and his revival of Bryony Lavery’s gay musical play HER ACHING HEART. The Hope was shortlisted as Fringe Theatre of the Year at The Stage Awards 2017. Matthew was named Best Artistic Director at the 2017 Off West End Awards for his work at The Hope.
He has a passion for bringing his visual imagination and physical style to classic stories, with a penchant for emotionally raw, visually beautiful work. Matthew is represented by Jean Diamond at Diamond Management. For more info on his work please visit his website at www.matthewparker.net

12961358_1163545203679408_3846538706408624261_oJo Abram – Technical Manager
Jo is a stage manager, theatre technician, playwright, and core member of Shadow Road Productions. She developed the theatre bug at a young age, and despite greatly enjoying taking to the stage while at school, she discovered that equal and more fun could be had in the shadows of the theatre world, using sound, lighting and other subtle means to provoke an audience to think, feel and question. Jo began her theatre training studying theatre performance and creation at Dartington College of Arts, before moving to Mountview Theatre Academy to study production arts in 2009. She joined The Hope Theatre Box Office and Literary teams when Matthew Parker took the reins in October 2014, and became Technical Manager in January 2016.
To contact Jo email tech@thehopetheatre.com

Timothy Hofmeier – Incoming Technical Manager
Timothy is an Australian Theatre Maker and has a multi-disciplinary technical background. After having served 7 years in the Australian Air Force as an Avionics Technician (Radio, Electrical and Lighting), he re-trained as an Electrician (UK Qualified) and worked in numerous industries, extensively on lighting and control circuits. Tim then made the big move across the pond to follow his dreams in the theatre. Since arriving he has trained as an actor at Drama Studio London and performed in numerous productions since graduating, he has also worked under the close tutelage from our outgoing Technical Manager Jo Abram on converting his Electrical trade knowledge to areas that apply to the technical demands of a theatre, he has also been involved in show production teams as an Assistant Producer. All this coupled with his laid back Australian feel makes him an asset to have around ensuring a stress free pleasurable time at The Hope Theatre for all our visiting companies.

2014Luke Adamson – Associate Director
Luke is responsible for programming the Sunday/Monday shows, audience development and outreach and fundraising. He manages rehearsal bookings and does our weekly newsletter. He has staged three shows at The Hope: Found, One Last Waltz both of which were written and directed by Luke and created The House Of Usher for Halloween 2016.

Luke is co-founder of Black Coffee Theatre and is Creative Associate for Permanently Bard. Directing credits include One Last WaltzFound, Let’s Have Sex!, Parallel Lives, Parallel Deaths, Black Coffee Theatre; Foursome, Purple Panda Theatre; Dorothy and the Scarecrow, OneDay Theatre and Lonesome Schoolboy Productions; Under a Starry Sky, How It Ended Productions.

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The Hope Theatre is managed by Solar Plexus Productions Limited. Registered in England and Wales. Company No: 09175959
Solar Plexus Productions Limited is a Registered Charity. Charity No: 1162904
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