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.
Over 60 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.