The Hampstead Theatre has a history that stretches over 50 years. The first incarnation of the theatre was created in Moreland Hall in 1959 under Artistic Director James Roose-Evans. The first season featured productions of The Room, The Dumb Waiter, Jacques, and The Sport of My Mad Mother.
The company moved into a portable cabin in Swiss Cottage in 1962. It remained there for 40 years until the purpose built Hampstead Theatre opened in Swiss Cottage. The theatre contains a main auditorium seating between 150 and 325 people, and a smaller studio space (the Michael Frayn Space) with 80 seats. The studio space hosts the theatre’s young company, Heat&Light, which produces 12 productions each year and features performers aged 10-25.
The theatre has a commitment to new writers and developing new writing. It hosts regular Start Nights, featuring extracts of new plays and a constructive feedback, and accepts unsolicited submissions.
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