London’s oldest fringe theatre Pentameters fundraising for the first time in its 50+ year history.
- £8,000 needed initially for rent payments and vital building work to help the
theatre re-open safely.
- Pentameters Theatre has never received government funding or charitable
donations – it relies solely on box office income.
- Founder and Artistic Director Léonie Scott-Matthews was recently awarded a
Medal of the Order of the British Empire for services to British Theatre.
Pentameters Theatre has no funding and relies solely on box office revenue to maintain itself. Without any revenue for over four months due to coronavirus, the theatre is not able to pay rent and is under threat for the first time in its existence.
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, though more may be needed depending on the scale of the building work. All the money raised will go directly to this, and any leftover money raised will be fed back into the theatre for future productions.
The fundraiser has a number of rewards available, including posters designed by in-house artist and musician Godfrey Old, a signed poetry anthology written by founder Léonie Scott-Matthews, limited edition T-Shirts, and yearly memberships. There will also be fundraising evenings of music and poetry to be announced very soon.
About the Theatre
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.
Harold Pinter, Ted Hughes, Dannie Abse, Ivor Cutler, Roger McGough, Kingsley Amis, Rosemary Tonks, and Edna O’Brien 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.