Performing at Pleasance London

Performing at Pleasance London

We strive to present a rich and varied programme of quality work at the Pleasance Islington, with a particular emphasis on original voices and compelling stories. Whilst we are primarily a recieving house, our programme is curated by our Theatre and Comedy teams to ensure we bring the spirit of the Fringe to audiences all year round.

In the Main House we focus on presenting the best touring theatre (specifically from companies and organisations based outside of London), as well as quality children's theatre, and inventive new productions of musicals and plays - not to mention regular performances by some of the biggest names in comedy! Main House run lengths vary project to project, and we are looking for ambitious, original work that has a wide appeal.

In our new Downstairs Space, we are primarily looking for long run (3-weeks or more) transfers or premiere's of new plays by the most exciting text-based companies and playwrights. With a focus on New Writing, this thrust space puts the audience close to the action.

The StageSpace was set up with the aim of providing an affordable and flexible platform for the talent of the future. The vast majority of the work is original, experimental and risk-tasking and some truly exciting work has emerged. We welcome shorter runs (usually one-week), as well as work-in-progress or workshop productions in the StageSpace.

If you would like to perform with us at the Pleasance Islington we will need you to provide us with the following information:

- The show you're proposing - treatment or synopsis/script or video/DVD if possible

- A bit about your company - who you are/why this show and review pack if possible

- The dates you're looking for

- The length of run you're looking for

- Which theatre you're interested in

- The (estimated) running time of the show

- The (estimated) size of the cast

- Technical requirements (as known/anticipated)

Once we received this material from you we will see what the possibilities are and get back in touch with you.

Should you wish to find out more or to tell us about your show please contact Nic Connaughton (Head of Theatre) - or Ryan Taylor (Head of Comedy) - or call on 020 7619 6868.

Please note that the Pleasance Theatre Trust is an unfunded charity and we are rarely able to operate as a producing house - as such we are not currently considering proposals based on the Pleasance acting as sole or co-producer.


Download our Information Pack

Download pack

The Performers Information Pack is a practical guide to our venues, the costs and considerations you should make when you apply to be part of our programme. We recommend that you read this in full prior to contacting us. You can download the pack using the following link.

Our Spaces

View our spaces

We have three theatres at Pleasance Islington: the Main House is a fully flexible space with demountable seating rake. Capacity range from 0 - 230. Standard configuration is 180. Our newest space, Downstairs an 80 seat three-sided thrust space, housed in an innovative temporary structure. Also, a studio venue, the StageSpace, seating 54. Details of all spaces (including hire fees) can be found by following this link.

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