Half Moon is the UK’s leading small-scale young people’s venue and touring company. It is a local organisation with a national remit. The company gives young people from birth to 18 (25 for disabled young people) an opportunity to experience the best in young people’s theatre, both as a participant and as an audience member.

Half Moon’s activity includes a season of professional plays for young and family audiences, including teenagers, national touring productions and an extensive creative learning programme, including seven youth theatres.

Half Moon’s expertise is in supporting artists and young people at every stage of their creative development, providing a gateway to engagement, offering pathways for progression and experimentation and then disseminating outcomes within the wider cultural sector, through performances, touring productions, open dialogue and continuing professional development.

There is a synergy between Half Moon’s participatory and professional theatre programmes, which have equal status and are mutually enriching. The company specialises in new writing and art-form development, involving artists who are under-represented in the sector and working collaboratively with a wide range of partners.

The company places an emphasis on engaging participants (artists and young people) who often feel excluded from arts activity, such as those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, Deaf and disabled people, or those excluded due to socio-economic circumstance.

The company produces through its touring wing, Half Moon Presents, many artists and companies, whose work can be seen throughout the UK.

Half Moon’s digital archive, exploring the company’s history, is available at

Half Moon is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England and receives regular funding from Tower Hamlets (Arts and Leisure, and Education through THAMES), with further financial support from many trusts and foundations, commercial sources and individuals.

Offies Info (
  • 2020 - Best Production for Young People Aged 13+ OFFIE finalist for Crowded, a Half Moon and Apples & Snakes co-production
  • 2019 - Best Production for Young People Aged 13+ OFFIE finalist for Off the Grid, a Half Moon production
  • 2018 - Best Production for Young People Aged 13+ OFFIE winner for What Once Was Ours, a Half Moon and Zest Theatre co-production

From its inception in 1972 Half Moon Theatre has played a key role in the development of the theatre sector, as well as in the involvement in the arts of the broader East End community, and still thrives today as the UK’s leading professional small-scale young people’s venue and touring company.

The Stages of Half Moon digital archive, exploring the rich history of Half Moon Theatre since its launch in 1972, is available online at

Discover the company’s heritage through photographs, programmes, news stories, documents, videos and filmed interviews with over 100 people, including Steven Berkoff, Simon Callow, Josie Lawrence, Linda Marlowe, Frances de La Tour and Maggie Steed.

Open hours today: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Monday

    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

  • Tuesday

    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

  • Wednesday

    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

  • Thursday

    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

  • Friday

    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

  • Saturday

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Sunday


  • July 12, 2024 4:11 pm local time

Public Transport: Nearest Tube/Rail Station

Limehouse mainline and DLR station

Getting to the Venue

2 minutes walk from Limehouse mainline and DLR station (2 stops from Bank). Follow signs for Bekesbourne Street when exiting station.

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