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Hampstead Theatre

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RIBA Award 2003


Architecture firm
Bennetts Associates

London borough
London Borough of Camden


+44 20 7722 9301

Architectural style
Contemporary architecture

Hampstead Theatre

Public transit
Swiss Cottage South Hampstead; Finchley Road & Frognal

Hampstead Theatre Company

Flexible stage and seating

Years active
Since 1959 (various locations)

Eton Ave, London NW3 3EU, UK

Almeida Theatre, Tricycle Theatre, Royal Court Theatre, Arcola Theatre, The Old Vic

Race backstage tour at hampstead theatre

Hampstead Theatre is a theatre in Swiss Cottage 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.



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. 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.

Artistic directors

  • James Roose-Evans (1959-1971)
  • Vivian Matalon (1971-1973)
  • Michael Rudman (1973-1978)
  • David Aukin (1978-1984)
  • Michael Attenborough (1984-1988)
  • Jenny Topper (1988-2003)
  • Anthony Clark (2003-2010)
  • Edward Hall (2010-)
  • Playwrights

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

  • Mike Bartlett
  • Simon Block
  • Jeremy Brock
  • Michael Frayn
  • Brian Friel
  • Rebecca Gilman
  • Terry Johnson
  • Dennis Kelly
  • Hanif Kureishi
  • Mike Leigh
  • Abi Morgan
  • Rona Munro
  • Tamsin Oglesby
  • Harold Pinter
  • Nina Raine
  • Philip Ridley
  • Saman Shad
  • Martin Sherman
  • Shelagh Stephenson
  • Hugh Whitemore
  • Crispin Whittell
  • Roy Williams
  • References

    Hampstead Theatre Wikipedia

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