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The Hope Theatre

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


A new play about kebabs, satyrs, and not
being alone, from a Royal Court Young
Writer who has been shortlisted for the RSC
Other Prize.
Click here to watch the trailer
‘A well-observed combination of the fantastical
and the prosaic...capturing a youthful ennui
with scathing accuracy’
The Independent
2 - 26 April


WINNER Adrian Pagan Playwriting Award

A poetic, sambuca-swilling monologue told

by a young man falling in and out of

clubs and love on a typical night out

in every city in England.

29 April - 24 May


Ryan Good explores the far reaches of the

animal world and the depths of his sexuality

in this expedition through the often hilarious,

occasionally profound sexual habits of the

animal kingdom.

"Eddie Izzard meets David Attenborough on

Grindr" - New York Post

28 May - 21 June


Adam Kelly Morton's powerful one-man

show follows the journey of events through

the eyes of Marc Lepine; an incident that

shocked the world and became

known as the Montreal Massacre.

Click here to watch the trailer

2 - 26 July


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.

We 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.

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.

Theatre companies are encouraged to send proposals, scripts, and/or invitations to see their work.

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

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Mary Franklin - Resident Director | The Bat Factory - Resident Company | Venue Manager - James Smith