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Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage, London, NW3 3EU
Address: Eton Ave, Swiss Cottage, London NW3 3EU, UK
Capacity: 325 (Main House) / 80 (Studio Downstairs)
‘RICH WITH THEATRICAL PERSONALITIES’
Over 55 years, Hampstead Theatre has become one of London’s most vibrant theatres. Many plays it originated have gone on to fill theatres all over the country and beyond. Over the years, it has provided a stage for some of the greatest actors in the world including Jude Law, John Malkovich, Alan Rickman, Rowan Atkinson, John Hurt, Felicity Kendal, Edward Fox, Faye Dunaway, Tom Conti, Alison Steadman, Juliet Stevenson and Zoe Wanamaker and most recently Sheila Hancock, Maxine Peake, Rupert Everett, Maureen Lipman, Tamzin Outhwaite, Anna Maxwell Martin, Gina McKee, Mark Gatiss, Tamsin Greig, Anna Chancellor, John Sessions and Clarke Peters.
‘PINTER WAS A PERMANENT FIXTURE IN THE EARLY YEARS’
Hampstead Theatre began in Moreland Hall, Holly Bush Vale, 1959. Known then as ‘The Hampstead Theatre Club’, it was founded by the British theatre director James Roose-Evans. Harold Pinter was a permanent fixture in the early years, trying and testing many of his plays in front of the loyal Hampstead audience. The first season included Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter and The Room, Jacques by Eugene Ionesco andThe Sport of My Mad Mother by Ann Jellicoe.
‘FOR NEARLY 40 YEARS IT SUPPORTED, DEVELOPED AND PRODUCED
THE WORK OF NEW AND EMERGING WRITERS SUCH AS MIKE LEIGH’
In 1962 the company relocated to a small studio in Swiss Cottage. It remained there for nearly 40 years and supported, developed and produced the work of new and emerging writers such as Mike Leigh, Michael Frayn, Brian Friel, Terry Johnson, Hanif Kureishi, Simon Block, Abi Morgan, Rona Munro, Tamsin Oglesby, Harold Pinter, Shelagh Stephenson, Debbie Tucker Green, Crispin Whittell, Roy Williams and Dennis Kelly.
‘HAMPSTEAD THEATRE HAS CONTINUED ITS PROUD
TRADITION OF IDENTIFYING THE NEWEST TALENT’
In 2003, as a result of the immense generosity of the local community and the Theatre’s supporters, the new and purpose-built 325-seat Hampstead Theatre building was completed in Swiss Cottage close to the site of the old studio theatre. In its new home, Hampstead has continued its proud tradition of identifying the newest talent whilst also continuing to nurture mid-career and established writers. Howard Brenton, Nicholas Wright, Athol Fugard, David Hare, Nina Raine, Simon Stephens, Enda Walsh, Mike Bartlett, Nick Payne, Amelia Bullmore, Richard Nelson and Sarah Wooley represent only the most recent of the remarkably talented playwrights who have developed work of a truly international standard at Hampstead.
THE BUILDING AND THE STAGES
‘ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE’
Hampstead’s Main Stage has epic dimensions. It is uniquely flexible among London theatres, built with directors and designers in mind. It is capable of transporting audiences to the 1924 Paris Olympic Games as spectators in an Olympic amphitheater (Chariots of Fire) or into a courtroom as a jury, facing each other in an intense traverse configuration (55 Days). Anything – from grand-scale opera to the most intimate and scaled back production is possible: a Hampstead Theatre-goer never quite knows what to expect.
‘WE CONTINUE TO BUILD ON THE EXCEPTIONAL FOUNDATIONS OF THE PAST IN OUR
MISSION TO BECOME ONE OF THE WORLD’S LEADING THEATRES IN THE FUTURE’
Hampstead Downstairs is a fully equipped studio theatre with unreserved seating for approximately 80 people. The seating is also flexible to allow for different stage layouts. Its intimate setting offers audiences a unique experience: access to world-class artists presenting work without formal press evaluation. This format has been embraced by audiences and industry alike, attracting both sell-out audiences as well as the cream of acting, writing and directing talent. This second space is totally committed to new writing. Its programme is an opportunity for Hampstead to continue to innovate and build on its exceptional foundations as a place where new talent blossoms.
Swiss Cottage, Jubilee Line: Leave the tube station through exit 2 and the Theatre is directly ahead of you.
Finchley Road, Metropolitan Line: Turn right out of the station and walk along Finchley Road (approx 10 minutes) to Swiss Cottage. Eton Avenue is on your left, across Swiss Cottage roundabout.
Finchley Road and Frognal, Richmond – Stratford Line (turn right out of the station and walk along Finchley Road approx 10 minutes to Swiss Cottage. Eton Avenue is on your left, across Swiss Cottage roundabout).
South Hampstead, Watford – Euston Line (turn right out of the station and right again up Hilgrove Road. Turn left onto Finchley Road and Eton Avenue is on the right, across Swiss Cottage roundabout).
C11 Archway Station – Hampstead Heath – Swiss Cottage – West Hampstead – Cricklewood – North Cricklewood *
31 Camden Town – Chalk Farm – Swiss Cottage – Kilburn – Westbourne Park – Notting Hill Gate *
82 North Finchley – Finchley Central – Golders Green – Swiss Cottage – Baker Street – Marble Arch – Victoria *
113 Edgeware – Mill Hill – Hendon Central – Brent Cross – Swiss Cottage – Baker Street – Oxford Circus *
187 Central Middlesex Hospital – Harlesden – Kensal Rise – Queen’s Park Station – Warwick Avenue Station – St John’s Wood – Swiss Cottage – Finchley Road (O2 centre) *
268 Golders Green – Hampstead – Rosslyn Hill – Belsize Avenue – Swiss Cottage – Finchley Road (O2 centre) *
*These routes have low-level buses for people who are wheelchair users or mobility impaired.
Find Swiss Cottage roundabout. From Avenue Road turn left into Adelaide Road (B509 towards Chalk Farm). Take first left into Winchester Road and first left again into Eton Avenue.
Hampstead Theatre is situated in a residential area where parking is limited. We recommend using public transport.
Nearest car park: Regency Car Park (adjoining Swiss Cottage Odeon Cinema) located a few yards from the Theatre.
Limited pay and display parking in surrounding streets.
There is a sign-posted cycle route which passes Hampstead Theatre.
FACILITIES AT HAMPSTEAD THEATRE
Seat plan: Hampstead Theatre Seat Plan