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Hampstead Theatre

Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage, LONDON, NW3 3EU
020 7722 9301

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Swiss Cottage


Selection of light meals, including sandwiches, sausage rolls and salads, is available into the evening. There is also al fresco seating available on the decking outside the theatre. Café Bar is open Monday – Friday 9am until late and Saturday 10am until late. The Café Bar will close at 6pm when there is no evening performance.


Choose a glass of wine from the carefully curated menu, a craft beer from Camden Town Brewery or a specialist gin and tonic from The Gin Bar.

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Hampstead Theatre – located on Eton Avenue – is a haven for London’s new writers and playwrights. This venue specialises in the commission and production of new theatre in the capital.

In 1959, the original home of the theatre was a parish church school hall in Holly Bush Vale, Hampstead Village. James Roose-Evans acted as the first Artistic Director and selected The Dumb Waiter and The Room by Harold Pinter, as well as Eugène Ionesco’s Jacques and The Sport of My Mad Mother by Ann Jellicoe, for its first season. The theatre then moved to a portable cabin in Swiss Cottage and stayed there for a remarkable 40 years, from 1962-2002.

The new purpose-built Hampstead Theatre in Swiss Cottage had its long-awaited grand opening in 2003. It was well worth the wait as the building, including a 325-seat auditorium, won a RIBA Award in 2003 for its designers, British architectural firm Bennetts Associates.

As part of the same development, Hampstead Downstairs is a studio seating up to 100 people. Since 2010, the space has been a development hub for the new writing that the theatre is so proud to support. Its artistic director, Edward Hall, has brought about this creative change having instigated since his first year in the post. For lovers of original and vibrant writing, The Downstairs Club offers a free membership scheme that gives priority booking and access to £5 tickets for Downstairs.

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