The Hope Theatre is a brand new 50 seat theatre above the world famous Hope and Anchor Pub on Upper Street in Islington, London. Everything we do at The Hope Theatre is an experiment, and you can be part of it!
While we are building our permanent site you can use this temporary page to:
book tickets for our shows | what we are trying to do
| make your work at The Hope | find & contact us
Theatre companies are encouraged to send proposals, scripts, and/or invitations to see their work. MAKE YOUR WORK AT THE HOPE THEATREWe want to challenge our audiences with complex, engaging stories that ask bold questions, provoke debate, entertain, and break new ground. We want to provide a platform for the most promising artists willing to take the biggest gambles. We want to look a risk-averse economic climate straight in the face and dare it to blink first. The Hope programme will be comprised of productions from emerging companies, unsolicited script submissions chosen by our literary department, the winners of the Adrian Pagan Award, Flourish, Stella Wilkie Award, and at least one piece of new work from our writer's group.
BOOK TICKETS FOR OUR SHOWS...
A brand new British musical. We follow the
journey of five Ushers working Front of House
in a commercial Theatre company in London's
glittering West End. Finalists in Twitter's
@westendproducer's competition 'Search For A
3 - 31 December
London’s first rapid-response protest piece against
Putin's anti-gay legislation has now been developed
into a full-length play, which explores historical
and political background of widespread homophobia
in Russia. Written by Tess Berry-Hart and directed
by David Mercatali.
4 - 28 February
| || |WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO...
The Hope Theatre is London's newest and only theatre committed exclusively to new writing.
The venue will be launched in November 2013 by Artistic Director Adam Spreadbury-Maher (who also founded the much-missed Cock Tavern Theatre in 2009) and is curated by Adam and the team at the King's Head Theatre – meaning that London’s oldest and newest pub theatres are being run by the same team.
The Hope Theatre will host world premiere work across new writing for theatre, musical theatre and opera, and will explore different ways to work on the London Fringe in a sustainable and ethical way. Although the Hope Theatre receives no public subsidy, it opens with an in-house agreement with Equity, the UK's largest performers union, already in place, and everyone who works there will be paid a legal wage.
It is hoped that exciting new companies, new performers, new writing and new producing models will be nurtured and developed at this experimental new theatre.
Theatre companies interested in producing at The Hope should register their interest with our Senior Producer, Rachel Lerman at Rachel@TheHopeTheatre.com
- The agreement will always be a minimum 50:50 box office split with no further financial demands except that you pay your actors and stage crew at least the national minimum wage; more if you can. Please be aware we will not be producing your script for you: if offered a space in The Hope programme, you will be producing the show yourself, as per the conditions stated above.
FIND & CONTACT US
The Hope Theatre is above The Hope & Anchor Pub. The address is 207 Upper Street Theatre, N1 1RL. The nearest tube is Highbury and Islington and you can always catch the 19, 4, 43, 30 bus and hope off at the Islington Town Hall stop. You can book tickets here on this page or telephone the box office 0207 478 0160 and the Administration Office is 0207 226 8561 (please do not call this line for box office). The office administration email address is info@TheHopeTheatre.com
Mary Franklin - Resident Director | The Bat Factory - Resident Company | Venue Manager - James Smith