Welcome to Pentameters Theatre

Founded by Léonie Scott-Matthews in August 1968, Pentameters is one of the most respected fringe theatres in London. Léonie has put
hundreds of professional shows from Shakespeare, classic revivals and new plays to alternative comedy, music and poetry events.

The many authors to perform at Pentameters include Dannie Abse (1923-2014), Kingsley Amis, Margaret Drabble, Ted Hughes, Laurie
Lee, Roger McGough, Edna O'Brien, Harold Pinter, John Wain and the psychiatrist R.D. Laing. The Theatre has also played host to many
performers at the start of their careers, including Russell Brand, Adrian Edmundson, Ben Elton, French and Saunders, Nigel Havers,
Celia lmrie, Rik Mayall, Nigel Planer, Jenny Seagrove, Pamela Stephenson and Alexei Sayle.

To celebrate her commitment to the creative arts, Léonie was honoured as an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and, as a
resident, received a Camden Good Citizen Award in 1998 in recognition of her outstanding work for the community.


"Pentameters without virtue cannot endure."

Pentameters has been awarded
'Best Theatre, 2016'
by Hampstead Village Voice.

Pentameters Theatre is located above The Horseshoe Pub in the heart of Hampstead Village and is nestled among an abundance of
cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs to have pre/post-theatre dinner or drinks. Hampstead is also well-known for its artistic character,
offering a
supportive, interactive and thriving local community making it an ideal spot to promote live theatre and creative arts events.

Léonie Scott-Matthews founder and producer of Pentameters with the cast and crew of “House of Cowards”

by Dannie Abse (1923-2014) and directed by Conrad Blakemore - November 2013.

45th Anniversary Interview - Ham & High - January 2013

Léonie's Life Tips