Hampstead Theatre (Est. 1959)

Hampstead Theatre

62 Eton Ave, Swiss Cottage, London NW3 3EU, England

Date Opened: 1959   Confidence Level  

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. 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. 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.

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James Roose-Evans (1927)

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One of the Road (Hampstead Theatre Club)* (1998)

Incident at Tulse Hill (1981)

02-Dec-1981 to 09-Jan-1982

Circe and Bravo (1986)

29-May-1986 to 12-Jul-1986

The Dumb Waiter (UK premiere: Hampstead Theatre Club-Royal Court) (1960)


The Hothouse (Premiere: Hampstead Theatre) (1980)

01-May-1980 to 14-Jun-1980

Previews: 24, 25, 26, 28, 29 and 30/04. Press night: 01/05.

The Room (Hampstead Theatre Club-Royal Court) (1960)


6 performances.

The Dumb Waiter (Hampstead Theatre) (2020)

19-Mar-2020 to 18-Apr-2020

This production was scheduled to be up for these dates, but was suspended due to the Coronavirus lockdown which closed theatres in the UK.

The Dumb Waiter (Hampstead Theatre) (2020)

18-Nov-2020 to 16-Jan-2021