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 and Anna Maxwell Martin.
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.
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.