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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



Before there was The Beatles, before there was

The Rolling Stones, Joe Orton was creating the

cultural revolution in a small bedsit in Noel Road.

Written by him in 1959 and as-yet never professionally produced, 

Fred & Madge will be presented minutes away from

the flat where its author lived, wrote and in 1967 was


15 September - 18 October


The Hope Theatre is London's newest and only theatre committed exclusively to new writing.

The venue was 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 from the King's Head Theatre. In August 2014 it was announced that Matthew Parker would take over as Artistic Director from September 2014.

The Hope Theatre hosts 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 incoming Artistic Director, Matthew Parker at matthew@thehopetheatre.com.

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).

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Mary Franklin - Resident Director | Venue Manager - James Smith