With an appetite for the original, our work has been an inspiration for both audiences and the artists with whom we collaborate. Throughout the decades actors, directors, designers - and most importantly the public - have been moved by our ground-breaking productions.

We want to continue to do what we do best, at the highest level... always taking risks with our work and ensuring that, in whatever language, we can produce world-class theatre.

That work - and the unique process in which we make it - has been a rich training ground for emerging artists. Cheek by Jowl is responsible for nurturing some amazing emerging talent (Michael Sheen, Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Williams, Matthew Macfadyen and Adrian Lester are amongst the names that started their careers with us).

We want to keep doing this work – nurturing artists and providing more for our audiences. With the generous help of our donors, we created an online archive, in order to share nearly forty years of company history with audiences, academics, artists and students. We continue to add to this with each new production, building a unique insight into the process of each Cheek by Jowl production.

But we still need your help to keep doing our work. We pride ourselves on offering the best conditions possible for work to be created, and artists developed. We want to continue to put the resources needed into the work and feel that, with the changes ahead for the UK’s relationship with Europe, our international performances and touring programme have never been more necessary. To keep our work going we need to raise £50,000 a year.

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Cheek by Jowl Patrons

We would like to express our warm thanks to our inaugural patrons:
Olga Basirov; Ms Diana C Bromley; Esmé Cook; Peter de Graaf; Tom Hayhoe; Nicola Kerr; Judith Patrickson; Richard and Elizabeth Philipps; Dr Lade Smith; Philip Stoltzfus and Donna Vinter.

Cheek by Jowl Benefactors

Emma Beynon, David Grant, Charles & Iona Mackworth-Young, Jane Reid and Heather Rogers.

Cheek by Jowl Production Patrons

Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater
The Polonsky Foundation

We are very grateful for your support. To find out more about supporting Cheek by Jowl, contact

Become a Friend of Cheek by Jowl now!

Cheek by Jowl runs three fundraising schemes, to support our productions and education work.

Friends' Scheme

As a Friend you will get:

  • Priority booking for UK performances
  • Access to pre-show talks
  • Regular updates and news via our newsletter
  • And the opportunity to support and sustain one of the United Kingdom's finest companies

To become a Friend of Cheek by Jowl costs just £35 per year
Join online now

Patron Scheme

As a Patron of Cheek by Jowl we ask you to join us on a journey for each production, following it from conception, through to an evening watching the performance.

As a Patron you will get:

  • All benefits of Friends
  • Named credit on our website and production programme
  • A complimentary programme signed by the cast
  • An invitation to three events around the production:
    - Our Artistic Directors talking about their vision for the production
    - A rehearsal of the production
    - Drinks with the cast and team after a performance
To become a Patron of Cheek by Jowl costs just £750 per year
Join online now

Production Patrons

We also offer bespoke packages for individuals or businesses to become a patron of a production.

Production Patrons start at £10,000 and we curate a bespoke package to accompany this.

For more information please contact Eleanor at or on
+44 (0)20 7382 2353