awards

OFFIE 2019 WINNER Best Social Media & Online Presence (People’s Vote)
OFFIE 2019 WINNER Best Ensemble: Out of the Forest Theatre for Bury The Hatchet
WINNER: Pub Theatre of the Year Runner Up, London Pub Theatres Awards 2019
OFFIE 2017 WINNER Best Artistic Director: Matthew Parker
OFFIE 2016 WINNER Best Sound Designer: Paul Freeman for Lovesong of the Electric Bear
OFFIE 2016 WINNER Best Supporting Male: Chris Levens for Lovesong of the Electric Bear
WINNER Break A Leg Critic’s Choice Best Off West End Production 2016: Steel Magnolias
WINNER Break A Leg Critic’s Choice Best Actress: Stephanie Beattie for Steel Magnolias
WINNER: Spy In The Stalls Award Best Off West End Play 2016: Her Aching Heart

Chris Levens. Best Supporting Male 2016

Paul Freeman. Best Sound Designer 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

Off West End Award Nominations
Best Director (Plays): Matthew Parker for The House Of Yes
Best Supporting Male (Plays): Bart Lambert for The House Of Yes
Best Ensemble: Out of the Forest Theatre for Call Me Fury
Best Set Design: James Stone for Uncle Vanya
Best Male in a Musical: Bart Lambert for Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story
Best Male in a Musical: Jack Reitman for Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story
Best Set Design: Rachael Ryan for Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story
Best Female: Maisie Preston for Little Echoes
FINALIST:
 Best Bar (People’s Vote)
FINALIST: Best Foodie Experience (People’s Vote)
FINALIST: Best Social Media & Online Presence (People’s Vote)
Best Supporting Female: Joan Potter for The Lesson
Best Director: Matthew Parker for The Lesson
Best Lighting Design: Chris McDonnell for The Lesson
Best Sound Design: Simon Arrowsmith for The Lesson
FINALIST: Best Ensemble: Out of the Forest Theatre for Bury The Hatchet
Best Female: Louise Coulthard for Cockamamy
Best Female: Mary Rutherford for Cockamamy
Most Promising New Playwright: Julia Cranney for Moments & Empty Beds
Best Female: Louise Jameson for My Gay Best Friend
Best Female: Kate Russell-Smith for A Curmudgeon’s Guide…
Best Director: Max Kirk for Skin Tight
Best Supporting Male: Cameron Robertson for Turkey
Best Director: Niall Phillips for Turkey
Best Male: Luke Adamson for Odd Man Out
Best Male: Paul Clayton for Brimstone And Treacle
Best Male: Fergus Leathem for Brimstone And Treacle
Best Director: Scott Le Crass for Kicked in the Sh*tter
Best Director: Matthew Parker for Her Aching Heart
Best Female: Colette Eaton for Her Aching Heart
Best Set Designer: Rachael Ryan for Her Aching Heart 
Best Sound Designer: Matthew Williams for The House of Usher
FINALIST: Best Female: Louise Jameson for Two Short Plays About Gays
Best Male: Gregory Ashton for Two Short Plays About Gays
FINALIST:
Best New Play: Sea Life by Lucy Catherine
Best Director: Matthew Parker for Sea Life
Best Male: Jack Harding for Sea Life
Best Sound Designer: Philip Matejtschuk for Sea Life
Best New Play: In/Out (A Feeling) by Andrew Maddock
FINALIST: Best Set Designer: Zoe Hurwitz for Lovesong of the Electric Bear
FINALIST: Best Sound Designer: Paul Freeman for Lovesong of the Electric Bear
FINALIST: Best Supporting Male: Chris Levens for Lovesong of the Electric Bear
Best Director: Matthew Parker for Lovesong of the Electric Bear
Best Set Designer: Christopher Hone for Fred and Madge
Best Director: Tom Latter for Dirty Promises
Best New Play: The Long Road South
Best Supporting Male: Michael Brandon for The Long Road South
Best Male: Thomas Pickles for Dead Party Animals
Most Promising New Playwright: Thomas Pickles for Dead Party Animals
Best Sound Designer: Philip Matejtschuk for Dead Party Animals

Other Award Nominations
London Pub Theatres Standing Ovation Award Nomination: Matthew Parker for his direction of The House Of Yes
Fringe Theatre of the Year at The Stage Awards 2017
Break A Leg Award Best Off West End Production: Odd Man Out
Break A Leg Award Best Actor: Luke Adamson for Odd Man Out
Break A Leg Award Best Actor: Gregory Ashton for Odd Man Out
Break A Leg Award Best Off West End Production: Brimstone & Treacle
Break A Leg Award Best Actor: Fergus Leathem for Brimstone & Treacle
Break A Leg Award Best Actress: Stephanie Beattie Brimstone & Treacle
Theatre & Tech Awards Finalist; Innovation in Sound: Philip Matejtschuk for Brimstone & Treacle
Break A Leg Award Best Off West End Production: The Wild Party
Broadway World Best Revival of a Play: Steel Magnolias
Broadway World Best Actress in a Play: Jo Wickham for Steel Magnolias
Break A Leg Critics Choice Best Off West End Production: Two Short Plays About Gays
Break A Leg Critics Choice Best Actor: Gregory Ashton for Two Short Plays About Gays
Break A Leg Critics Choice Best Actor: Joseph Martin for Two Short Plays About Gays
Break A Leg Critics Choice Best Off West End Production: Steel Magnolias
Break A Leg Critics Choice Best Actress: Stephanie Beattie for Steel Magnolias
Break A Leg Critics Choice Best Actress: Ariel Harrison for Steel Magnolias
Break A Leg Critics Choice Best Actress: Maggie Robson for Steel Magnolias
Break A Leg Critics Choice Best Actress: Lin Sagovsky for Steel Magnolias
Break A Leg Critics Choice Best Actress: Samantha Shellie for Steel Magnolias
Break A Leg Critics Choice Best Actress: Jo Wickham for Steel Magnolias

press

Matthew Parker, the out-going Artistic Director of The Hope Theatre, is without doubt, a genius. Over the last few years I have been fortunate enough to see quite a number of his productions. One of the characteristics of his play making is his ability to draw you into the stories he is telling. So often the plays and the protagonists make you care for them from the off.” London Pub Theatres. Aug 2019.

“RIVER IN THE SKY is another solid production for The Hope Theatre and outgoing Artistic Director Matthew Parker, who consistently champion compelling and gripping new writing.” Dress Circle Antics. Aug 2019.

“Combining excellent direction and a refreshing take on a heavy subject matter, TESTAMENT is a touching and memorable experience, the latest in an impressive season at The Hope Theatre.” Camden New Journal. May 2019.

“Intense, stylish and revelatory, Parker’s production of THRILL ME proves emblematic of the quality of work at the Hope during his tenure and a fitting highlight of his swansong season there.” The Stage. Apr 2019

“THRILL ME at The Hope is what fringe theatre should be about. It provides the intimacy of a very small and very black theatrical space with exceptional quality performance.” London Pub Theatres. Apr 2019

“Matthew Parker’s production of THRILL ME is decidedly a glittering gem in that black box known as The Hope Theatre. Don’t miss it!” The Review Chap. Apr 2019.

“THRILL ME is an in-house production and further cements The Hope Theatre’s reputation as one of the smartest fringe venues in London.” Reviews Hub. Apr 2019

“The Hope Theatre, the best fringe venue in London.” Family Affairs, Apr 2019.

“It is terribly brave of Matthew Parker to programme HEAD-ROT HOLIDAY as his Christmas show at the Hope. His work at the venue has been of the highest calibre. He is an Artistic Director to be watched.” London Pub Theatres. Dec 2018.

‘The Hope continues to thrive under Matthew Parker, as the OFFIES recognised last year, awarding him the Best Artistic Director title. Long may it continue” Spy In The Stalls. Aug 2018.

“The Sunday/Monday slots at Islington’s Hope Theatre provide a great opportunity for theatre companies to try out something new or experiment with something more well-known… they complement and enrich the venue’s entire programme and are often surprisingly inventive, challenging and varied.” Act Drop. June 2018.

“The theatre has gone from strength to strength with its commitment to new writers and reactivated classics.” Playhouse Pickings. June 2018.

“What I love about this place is the closeness between audience and performers, there’s nothing for it but engagement and whilst others talk of “immersive” the Hope has always been involving. A great pub and an exceptional theatrical venue.” IThankyou Theatre. April 2018.

“Artistic Director, Matthew Parker, who won Best Artistic Director at the Off West End Awards last year, curates a wonderful collection of theatrical artefacts at the Hope and his programming is always high-quality and entertaining.” London Theatre 1. Jan 2018.

“The Hope continues to programme top rate fringe theatre and these two bijou theatrical nuggets from Pennyworth are no exception.” Break A Leg Review on MOMENTS & EMPTY BEDS Feb 2018.

“The Hope Theatre is based on Islington’s Upper Street above the Hope and Anchor pub. The pub and it’s staff are bright, warm and welcoming, and act as the perfect foil to Matthew Parker’s studio above them. Thanks to much hard work, the Hope Theatre is that rare thing, a sustainable fringe venue that ensures people are paid a legal wage. At the risk of dropping a groan-worthy pun, it certainly lives up to it’s name and gives some real hope to the future of the arts.” LGBTQ Arts on TURKEY Oct 2017

“Another superb production at this pearl of a venue!” IThankyou Theatre on I KNOW YOU OF OLD June 2017

“Brimstone and Treacle is a watershed play for the Hope Theatre, an intimate tale that says so much about the crossroads that the UK (and indeed the world) finds itself at.” Breaking the Fourth Wall on BRIMSTONE & TREACLE May 2017

“Praise must be heaped upon The Artistic Director of the Hope Theatre, Mathew Parker. Not only has he created this absolute powerhouse of a theatre. But he has had the ‘cojones’ to programme such a visceral piece as KICKED IN THE SH*TTER” London Pub Theatres Mar 2017

“The Hope Theatre has proven time and time again that it has become the de facto home for the modern musical on the Fringe”
Breaking the Fourth Wall on THE WILD PARTY Jan 2017

The 50-seat room creates a perfect atmosphere for the musical, as the audience is immersed in the intimacy of the relationship” Broadway World on HER ACHING HEART Dec 16

The Hope goes from strength to strength, pushing the boundaries, setting the agenda and in the case of Her Aching Heart, hitching up the skirts and rolling down the stocking to show us a fair gobbet of ankle: all power to their elbow, I would say” London Theatre1 on HER ACHING HEART Dec 16

“The Hope’s artistic director, Matthew Parker, knows how to pick ‘em. Lavery’s 1992 success is a perfect fit for the adventurous little theatre in Upper Street. Another triumph for The Hope Theatre” Theatre Things on HER ACHING HEART Dec 16

“The Hope theatre in Islington is betrayed by its name. A box theatre above a trendy bar that is a champion of the ambition of some of London’s finest producers, directors and performers” West End Wilma on LOST SOULS AND LUNATICS Oct 2016

“Following the success of his in-house productions Lovesong of the Electric Bear and Sea Life it’s safe to say that Parker is confident he can transform his little theatre into anything he wants.” Views from the Gods on STEEL MAGNOLIAS 

“The Hope Theatre always entirely transforms itself to perfectly and magically inhabit the work that fills it” West End Wilma on BEETLES FROM THE WEST July 2016

“The Hope Theatre, above The Hope and Anchor pub in Islington, is a renowned Off West End performance venue, with a remarkable and impressive reputation. This 50 seat venue may be small, but its aims and theatrical outputs are huge and immensely powerful. The Hope Theatre is most certainly leading the way in ground-breaking theatre and performance” London Theatre1 on SEA LIFE May 2016

“The relationship between actor and audience is so heightened at The Hope, unlike any other Off West End theatre” Thrifty Theatre on SEA LIFE May 2016

“The Hope Theatre, perched above the Hope and Anchor pub, has always forged its own path” There Ought To Be Clowns on ANTIGONE Mar 2016

“Both production and venue stand head and shoulders above the rest with innumerate thoughtful and good-humoured touches that solidify it’s position as one of the friendliest and most welcoming venues in London” Ginger Hibiscus on THE TEMPEST. July 2015.

“After leaving The Hope Theatre in Islington I had to tweet the venue straight away… a fantastic pub theatre” The New Current on THE LEGACY. June 2015

“The Hope Theatre has a commanding presence that rivals any West End stage” A Younger Theatre on HIPPOLYTUS. May 2015

“The lovely black box theatre, above the (extremely friendly) Hope and Anchor pub, is used to great effect so that the audience is up close to the action” Exeunt on BABY. Apr 2015

“The Hope Theatre and its artistic director Matthew Parker shows what can be done in tiny spaces and pays actors too! Wow!” Mark Shenton on LOVESONG OF THE ELECTRIC BEAR Mar 2015

“Some companies feel restricted by black box theatres but with a venue like this, you don’t have to be unambitious – it’s an advertisement that the fringe is capable of thinking big and being big.” Views From The Gods on LOVESONG OF THE ELECTRIC BEAR Mar 2015