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The Finborough Theatre turns 40

Finborough Theatre. Photo credit: Matt Freestone.

TODAY, June 24, 2020, The Finborough Theatre celebrates its 40th anniversary and in a statement, Artistic Director Neil McPherson said:

“Today the Finborough Theatre celebrates its 40th anniversary. With our doors closed and the theatre empty, this is not how we’d imagined spending our birthday but we are immensely thankful for the continued support of audiences during our closure.

Since 1980 we have enjoyed a reputation as one of London’s leading Off-West End theatres and are proud to have helped launch the career of leading British playwrights including Mike Bartlett, James Graham and Laura Wade, and directors including Tamara Harvey, Robert Hastie, Blanche McIntyre, and Kate Wasserberg.

To read more about the history of the Finborough Theatre, click here.

As for many unsubsidised venues in the UK, this is a very difficult year for us, and with no tickets on sale at the moment and no government support, we are relying entirely on the generosity of our audiences to support another 40 years of vibrant new writing and unique rediscoveries. You can donate to us on the link below, and as we are a charity, you can also Gift Aid it to make your gift go further.

Celia Imrie and Christopher Logan in Drama At Inish, October 2011

While we are closed, we are delighted to be able to continue to bring you our critically-acclaimed productions through our #FinboroughForFree programme of plays streamed online. To read more about what’s on offer, including reviews for our online releases, see our website here.

We have also nearly finished uploading our online production archive onto our new website and have been posting highlights from the archive every week. Follow us on social media for reviews, images and more from across our 40 year history. You can browse the archive yourself here.

I hope you are staying safe and well, and myself and our team look forward to welcoming you again in happier times.”

To make a donation, visit

Image: Celia Imrie and Christopher Logan in Drama At Inish, October 2011.