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What You Need To Know About the Pleasance Theatre:

The Pleasance Theatre is a small venue in Islington that programmes fringe theatre and comedy, as well as children’s theatre. The company is perhaps best known for its larger venues in Edinburgh that feature heavily in the Edinburgh Fringe. The Pleasance’s London venue programme reflects this link by including Edinburgh previews in its schedule in the early summer months.

The theatre has two spaces: the Mainhouse, which seats 180 or 260 standing, and the Stagespace, which seats 54. The venue’s size makes it ideal for performers trying out new material or for audiences who enjoy seeing performances in an intimate environment. The Pleasance Theatre’s Associate Company programme was initiated with the aim of supporting emerging companies. At the time of writing, this has included working with fringe theatre groups Etch and In Bed With My Brother.

The Pleasance also has its own youth company, Young Pleasance. Each year the talented youngsters take a new production to the Edinburgh Fringe. 

Pleasance Edinburgh opened in 1985 and Pleasance Theatre in Islington opened in 1995.

The current director is Anthony Alderson.

Top Facts About The Pleasance Theatre:

  1. Comedians who have performed at the Islington venue include Michael McIntyre, Russell Brand, Micky Flanagan, Mark Watson, Adam Hills and Mark Thomas.
  2. The Pleasance Theatre is best known for its venues in Edinburgh, which are used as part of the Edinburgh Fringe.
  3. The Pleasance Theatre is a great venue for performers to try out new material. This includes the annual Litmus Fest, a work-in-progress theatre festival that runs over the course of one week.

Key Information About The Pleasance Theatre:


Tube: The Pleasance Theatre is just 100 metres from the entrance to Caledonian Road tube station (Piccadilly line).

Train: Caledonian Road & Barnsbury station on the London Overground line is just over a ten-minute walk along Caledonian Road from the venue.

Bus: Bus numbers 259, 17, 91, 274, 153 and 393 all travel close to the venue. To plan your journey in more detail, please visit the Transport for London website.


There is on-street parking available on North Road. It is Pay & Display in the daytime and free in the evenings.

Accessibility info:

The building and Mainhouse space are wheelchair accessible and there is room for up to four wheelchairs in the Mainhouse auditorium for a performance. However, there is no wheelchair access to the Stagespace.

Accessible toilets are available and can be found near the bar area.

Infra-red hearing loops are available for the venue. Please contact the box office for more information on using these.

Working dogs are welcome at the Pleasance Theatre and staff are happy to look after them in the foyer area during performances.

To discuss all access arrangements and to book tickets, please contact the box office on: 020 7609 1800.

Accessibility discount?

You can book a free ticket for carers accompanying a visitor with access needs directly with the box office.

Access performances:

The Pleasance Theatre programmes Audio described, BSL-interpreted and Captioned performances. Contact the box office or check individual listings pages on their website for details of future performances. 


The Pleasance Theatre has an on-site bar named the Hamish D Bar. It’s open whenever there is a performance on and you can buy a range of soft and alcoholic drinks from it, including tea and coffee. They also sell snacks such as chocolate bars, nuts and ice creams.

If you are looking for a main meal, try The Depot located directly below the theatre. They serve a range of pub classics along with some Middle Eastern and Mediterranean style dishes. Pre-theatre dining options are available and they also offer a selection of craft beers.

For more information visit the Pleasance Theatre’s website