awards

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 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
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
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

“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