The Hope Theatre

Matthew was appointed Artistic Director of the groundbreaking The Hope Theatre, Islington in October 2014. 

The Hope Theatre is a place for audiences and companies to explore BIG ideas. It nurtures and develops new producing models, working with exciting companies to present a mix of new writing, lost gems from well-known writers, re-polished classics and innovatively staged musicals.

Although The Hope Theatre receives no public subsidy, it was the first Off West End venue to open with a house agreement with Equity, the UK’s largest performers union, to ensure a legal wage for all actors, stage managers and box office staff working at the theatre. 

Matthew’s first in-house production was the critically acclaimed, Off West End Award winning European premiere of Lovesong of the Electric Bear in 2015, which later transferred to The Arts, West End. 2016 launched the first in-house season of 3 productions, all under the direction of Matthew. Sea Life by Lucy Catherine, Steel Magnolias (winner of the Critic’s Choice Break A Leg awards for Best Off West End Production 2016) and Her Aching Heart, a lesbian bonkbusting, corset ripping musical by Bryony Lavery. The theatre finished 2016 with a record 11 Off West End award nominations including 2 Best Director nominations for Matthew, 16 appearances in Best Show Lists of 2016 and was shortlisted as Fringe Theatre of the Year at The Stage
Awards. Matthew was named Best Artistic Director at the OffWestEnd Awards 2017. 

The Hope Theatre has transferred three productions to the West End; Ushers to the Charing Cross Theatre, 46 Beacon to the Trafalgar Studios and Snoo Wilson’s Lovesong Of The Electric Bear to The Arts. It won 2 Offie 2016 Awards for its first in-house production Lovesong of the Electric Bear and has been home to many world premieres including the professional world premiere of Joe Orton’s Fred And Madge.

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