Hampstead Theatre

Hampstead Theatre is a theatre in South Hampstead in the London Borough of Camden. It specialises in commissioning and producing new writing, supporting and developing the work of new writers. Edward Hall has been the artistic director since 2010.[1]

Hampstead Theatre
Hampstead Theatre in 2007
AddressEton Avenue
London, England
Coordinates51.543333°N 0.174167°W / 51.543333; -0.174167
Public transit Swiss Cottage
South Hampstead; Finchley Road & Frognal
OwnerHampstead Theatre Company
DesignationRIBA Award 2003
TypeFlexible stage and seating
Capacity325 main house
100 Hampstead Downstairs
Years activeSince 1959 (1959) (various locations)
ArchitectBennetts Associates


The original theatre (The Hampstead Theatre Club) was created in 1959 in Moreland Hall, a parish church school hall in Holly Bush Vale, Hampstead Village.[2] James Roose-Evans was the first Artistic Director, and the 1959–1960 season included The Dumb Waiter and The Room by Harold Pinter, Eugène Ionesco's Jacques and The Sport of My Mad Mother by Ann Jellicoe. In 1962 the company moved to a portable cabin in Swiss Cottage where it remained for nearly 40 years, before, in 2003, the new purpose-built Hampstead Theatre opened in Swiss Cottage. The main auditorium seats 325 people. The studio theatre, Hampstead Downstairs, seats up to 100 people and was turned into a laboratory for new writing in 2010.[3]

Artistic directors


Playwrights who have had their early work produced at the theatre include:


  1. "Edward Hall appointed new artistic director of Hampstead Theatre". 18 May 2018 via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  2. Roose-Evans, James (2009). Opening Doors and Windows: A Memoir in Four Acts. The History Press Ltd. ISBN 978-0-7524-7234-8.
  3. "Theatre Tickets, News & Guides". Official London Theatre.
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