We Anchor in Hope

We Anchor in Hope

“This is a locals pub. And what’s the problem with locals? They die.” “Inconsiderate bastards.”

Lyn Gardner avatar
26 September 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“Pubs which have stood on the same spot for generations are disappearing all over the UK where often they are turned into flats as part of gentrification. For the latest play from Anna Jordan—who won the Bruntwood Prize for Yen and has written episodes of both Killing Eve and Succession—the Bunker theatre will be turned into a pub complete with pints and karaoke. The Bunker’s Chris Sonnex directs a play which takes place as the regulars gather to toast the pub that has been a second home to them but is about to call last orders for the final time.”


All over London public houses become private flats. Tomorrow The Anchor closes for good. It’s the end of an era, but Kenny and the gang are going out with a bang. There’s a blow-up sheep, karaoke and a lot of Campari. There’s secrets and grudges and forgotten dreams. As the front doors are locked and the bar is drunk dry, there’s a lot more to lose than just a pub.

Critic reviews

The cast work hard and dance energetically to breathe life into the story but we never start to care about any of them

West End Wilma

The real strength in this production is in its subtle details

Broadway World

A quiet unshowy piece of work but the relationships have understated depth

Lyn Gardner for Stagedoor

Jordan’s capacity for meticulously colouring each character enables the relationships between them to be nuanced, compassionate, and touching


Passionate performances, but lacks dramatic drive

The Stage

We Anchor In Hope is a play which understands exactly what every good pub should be- alive with history and welcoming to weary travellers

A Younger Theatre

Date & time

Show ended
Wed 25 Sep - Sat 19 Oct, 3pm & 7.30pm


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