The Hope Theatre – New Spring Season Announced


The Hope Theatre 2018 Spring Season

The Hope Theatre is delighted to announce their Spring 2018 season featuring a mix of new writing and established work with a 50/50 gender split of writers and containing a world premiere directed by Artistic Director Matthew Parker.


MY GAY BEST FRIEND – 9th to 27th January

2018 gets off to a bang as Louise Jameson (Dr Who, Eastenders) returns to The Hope following her award nominated performance in TWO SHORT PLAYS ABOUT GAYS last year. Louise will appear in the wonderful two-hander MY GAY BEST FRIEND – a heady mixture of high camp, melancholy reflection on friendships and the childhood dramas that haunt us all. 

MOMENTS/EMPTY BEDS – 30th January to 17th February

The award winning Pennyworth Productions bring their double bill MOMENTS/EMPTY BEDS to The Hope. In these productions Pennyworth explore modern loneliness, family tension and missed connections. Written by exciting emerging playwright Julia Cranney, these plays are funny, frank and touching in equal measure.

FOUL PAGES – 20th February to 17th March

Our award winning Artistic Director Matthew Parker directs the world premiere of FOUL PAGES by Robin Hooper (ex literary manager of the Royal Court and Paines Plough). A fruity farce full of scandalous secrets, backstage betrayals and lusty liaisons. You think you know your Shakespeare?… Think again! FOUL PAGES is the sixth in-house production from the award winning Hope Theatre team.

OUR BIG LOVE STORY – 20th March to 7th April

5 people’s lives intertwine in OUR BIG LOVE STORY; a tale of faith, prejudice, love and healing looking at radicalisation of young people and the struggle to keep your faith after a traumatic event. Written by Stephanie Silver OUR BIG LOVE STORY is a thought provoking, heartwarming and at funny look at how love, faith and coming together as a society really does make the world go around. 

PIG – 10th to 28th April

Completing the spring season is the European Premiere of Tim Luscombe’s PIG; delving into aspects of life that are frequently venal, unpleasant, disturbing and downright tragic, exploring violent sex and sexual violence, punishment, redemption, ownership and sacrifice, selfharm and death-wish, role-play and fantasy, and the eroticism of violence and of HIV-Aids. Directed by Russell Bolam and produced by Nastazja Somers (TORN APART (DISSOLUTION) at The Hope Theatre) and Julia Mucko. 



Artistic Director Matthew Parker said:

“I’m super excited by this eclectic new season looking at our lives in different ways and worlds. I’m particularly pleased to have a strong LGBTQ+ showing and a 50/50 split of female and male writers whilst we continue our commitment to the Equity Low Pay No Pay campaign.”