Frequently Asked Questions

Are Pleasance Islington and Pleasance Edinburgh related?

Yes! Pleasance Islington provides a permanent home for the Pleasance Theatre Trust, from which Pleasance Edinburgh is administered alongside our year-round performance spaces and rehearsal rooms. Our admin offices relocate to Edinburgh during the Festival Fringe. 

How do I get to the Pleasance?

You can find comprehensive details on how to find any of our venues, whether in London or Edinburgh, on our Contact Us page by clicking here

Can I get something to eat at Pleasance Islington?

We have a fully stocked bar at Pleasance Islington complete with a wide range of alcoholic beverages, hot and cold drinks, and snacks. The Depot is directly below the theatre and they serve a wide selection of meals throughout the day. You can find more information at or by calling 020 3218 0083. 

Is there a Cloakroom at Pleasance Islington?

Unfortunately we do not offer a Cloakroom service. We advise that you do not bring suitcases or large items to the theatre as there is limited space available. If you urgently need to store an item, please arrange with the Box Office in advance of the performance - please note that we cannot monitor items stored and we cannot be held responsible for your personal items. 

Are the spaces in Pleasance Islington and Edinburgh accessible?

We do our utmost to ensure our spaces are accessible for all. The great majority of our performance spaces are accessible, with a few exceptions. Please see our accessibility page for more information by clicking here for Edinburgh and here for London. 

Is Pleasance Edinburgh open year-round?

Pleasance Edinburgh is only open during the Festival Fringe, with our year-round offices and theatre being based in London. For the remainder of the year the permanent theatre spaces are run by the Edinburgh University Students Association (EUSA), who programme live music and entertainment for students and public.You can find more information or by calling 0131 650 2656. 

Do Pleasance produce shows?

Primarily we are a receiving house and provide first class facilities to a range of externally produced shows. Whilst we occasionally produce or co-produce shows at the Festival Fringe, we are not currently considering proposals for such productions. 

What sort of productions do you consider for your programme?

Everything! We welcome applications from anyone and everyone. We want to hear from you whether you have a production that has toured the world or a great idea that you have still to bring to the stage. Our theatres are versatile and can accommodate a wide variety of theatre, comedy and children’s shows. For more information on how to apply click here.

Does the Pleasance offer any concessions on tickets?

We generally offer concessions/discounts to any one over 60 and under 18; any one with valid student card; any one who is registered disabled, and anyone with proof of jobseekers/unwaged. Proof of concession may be required when collecting tickets. Some shows may not offer concessions. For more information please call our box office on 020 7609 1800.

Is the Pleasance named after Donald Pleasence?

Clearly not!

What does 'Pleasance' mean?

1. a pleasure ground  2. a pleasant and secluded part of a garden. 3. a fundamental feeling that is hard to define but that people desire to experience

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