With an international profile and a network of alumni that reads like a Who’s Who of contemporary comedy, drama and entertainment, the Pleasance is a place for the experimental and the new. It is where audiences come in their tens of thousands. It is where performers, writers, directors, technicians, producers and the rest of the artistic community can develop ideas and feel fully supported. It is one of the most highly respected theatre venues at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and in London.
The Pleasance is both a Festival Organisation of 27 temporary venues across three sites, and a London theatre and development centre, with three permanent performance spaces which operate year-round. The Pleasance in London and Edinburgh are entirely symbiotic. The Pleasance was founded in 1985 and became The Pleasance Theatre Trust, a registered charity in England, and Wales in 1995 and in Scotland in 2012.