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The Gate exists to be a ‘teaching theatre’ for the next generation of artists. For the last 35 years, future creative leaders have passed through our doors looking to cut their teeth and learn their craft. Today we continue to welcome new voices to our intimate, versatile 75 seat space and create shows that challenge, provoke and inspire.

And we never want to stand still.  We want to stage more plays, work with more actors, commission more playwrights, and inspire more directors and designers.  

As a registered charity we need to raise £225,000 a year to continue to create exceptional and engaging programming.

There are 6 ways you can help unlock the theatre for the next generation:

  1. Donate now
  2. Join our Supporters Scheme
  3. Become a Future Philanthropist
  4. Remember the Gate in your will
  5. Corporate Support
  6. Trust and Foundation Support 

Thank you for being a part of the next generation of theatre.

“Ellen is a thrilling choice [as Artistic Director]. She is bold, principled and her fellow theatre-makers respect how she works. The Gate is a precious space that needs love, vision and integrity — all of which Ellen has in spades.”
Erica Whyman, 2017

Did you know?

  • Rachel Weisz, Jude Law and Colin Farrell all acted at the Gate at the start of their careers. Stephen Daldry, Rufus Norris, Katie Mitchell, Dominic Cooke, Rupert Goold, and Erica Whyman all directed here.  Soutra Gilmour, Naomi Dawson, Tom Scutt, Jon Bausor and Max Jones designed at the Gate.  Careers start at the Gate.
  • We are a registered charity (number 280278) and we need to raise £225,000 a year.
  • We employ over 191 young artists and technicians a year.
  • Over 2,000 young artists take part in our Gate Educate programme each year.
  • Without private and public support, a ticket to the Gate would cost £61.  
  • Tickets to the Gate are only £20, helping us remain affordable to a diverse audience from all walks of life.

In our 35 year history, we've had a big impact for a little venue.
We ‘Think Big’ and we’d like to ask you to join us.

Read our Support Promise and Donor Charter here.