Save Pentameters Theatre

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


raised of £8,000 target


22% 23 days left
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 1st September 2020 at 11:31am

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

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.

Leonie Scott-Matthews


Press Cuttings by George Bernard-Shaw


London Pub Theatre Awards


Nevsky Prospekt by Daniel Daniel


Godfrey Old's Posters



This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

5 of 15 claimed

Pentameters T-Shirt

A limited-edition T-Shirt supporting Pentameters Theatre

£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

3 of 10 claimed

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.

Let's make 'Save Pentameters Theatre' happen

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