#SaveOurTheatres - Save Pentameters Theatre

by Asher Breuer-Weil in London, England, United Kingdom

Total raised £9,875

raised so far

+ est. £1406.25 Gift Aid



Founded in 1968, London's oldest fringe theatre is under threat for the first time in its 50-year history.

by Asher Breuer-Weil in London, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 31st January 2021 we'd raised £8,410 with 133 supporters in 186 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

With a little extra money, we'll be able to better improve the lighting rig and increase the production value of shows in the future.

The Situation

Pentameters Theatre has no funding and relies solely on box office revenue to keep going.

Without any revenue for over four months due to coronavirus, the theatre is struggling to pay rent and needs help. 

Pentameters is also required to carry out vital repair work to ensure that it's safe to re-open. The lighting rig needs maintenance and minor building work needs to be done in accordance with the latest fire regulations.

£8,000 will be enough to cover the maintenance and the rent and keep the theatre alive and going for the foreseeable future.


About Us

Up a creaky staircase above a pub in the heart of Hampstead is a room where some of the greatest poets, writers, actors, and comedians have performed.

Ted Hughes, Dannie Abse, Ivor Cutler, Roger McGough, Kingsley Amis, Rosemary Tonks, Edna O’Brien, and Harold Pinter are just some of those that have graced Pentameters' stage. 

The theatre also saw performers at the start of their careers including Rik Mayall, Ben Elton, French and Saunders, and Russell Brand

The celebrated producer Sonia Friedman credits her time working at Pentameters as inspiring her to make a career in theatre.

Founded and run by its artistic director Léonie Scott-Matthews BEM, Pentameters is the oldest and one of the most respected fringe theatres in London. Léonie has put on hundreds of professional shows from Shakespeare, classic revivals and new plays to alternative comedy, music and poetry events.

The theatre has been deemed an Asset of Community Value by the Camden Council, and Léonie was awarded a Medal of the Order of the British Empire for services to British Theatre and to the community in Hampstead.

She was also honored as an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and was voted Hampstonian of the year this past year.


About Save Our Theatres

In villages, towns and cities across the country, theatres are at the heart of their community. Places to come together, to be inspired and be entertained. Theatres are where our best-loved actors learn their craft and thousands of others learn valuable skills. 

But we risk losing this forever.

Theatres saw their main source of income disappear in an instant when they closed in March in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Six months later, we still don’t know when they will be able to reopen fully. A decision won’t be made until November at the earliest – too late for most to put on their annual pantomime, which often provides the income to support the theatre for the rest of the year.

This ongoing uncertainty puts theatres in a perilous situation. The government’s bailout is spread across all cultural organisations and certainly won’t be enough to save all of the UK’s theatres.

Every day theatres are facing the tough decision to make staff redundant and to close their doors until next year. And there is a real risk that those closures could be permanent. 

Without urgent support, we could lose our nation’s amazing theatres. Please help us to make sure our theatres survive this crisis and will be there to be enjoyed by future generations.



This project offered rewards

£30 or more

Signed Poetry Anthology No.2

The second work published by Leonie Scott-Matthews. Entitled Girl Monologues, the anthology is a collection of poems related to the female experience through the ages. Each poem has an illustration by Leonie's partner, Godfrey Old.

£20 or more

Pentameters T-Shirt

The second batch of limited-edition T-shirts designed by Godfrey Old

£30 or more

Signed Poetry Anthology

Leonie Scott-Matthews recently published 'Excelsior', a book of poetry featuring poems written throughout her lifetime. Each copy will be signed by Leonie herself.

£50 or more

Unlimited Moon at Night

Every Sunday night, Pentameters hosts Moon at Night, the magical open mic featuring Hampstead's best musicians, poets and storytellers. £50 will get you FREE entry to Moon at Night, for a whole year.

£20 or more

Pentameters T-Shirt

A limited-edition T-Shirt supporting Pentameters Theatre

£40 or more

David Mitchell Signed Book

Receive a copy of David Mitchell's Dishonesty is the Second-Best Policy with a personal message about Pentameters Theatre.

£40 or more

Victoria Coren-Mitchell Signed Book

Receive a copy of Victoria Coren Mitchell's Only Connect: The Official Quiz Book with a personal message about Pentameters Theatre.

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