|Designation RIBA Award 2003|
Architecture firm Bennetts Associates
London borough London Borough of Camden
Phone +44 20 7722 9301
Architectural style Contemporary architecture
|Public transit Swiss Cottage
South Hampstead; Finchley Road & Frognal|
Owner Hampstead Theatre Company
Type Flexible stage and seating
Years active Since 1959 (various locations)
Address Eton Ave, London NW3 3EU, UK
Similar 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.
Playwrights who have had their early work produced at the theatre include: