We want to entertain with originality. Purpose built for the 21st century, our Main Stage allows the world’s most imaginative minds maximum creative flexibility to create the future mainstream – a wide variety of entertaining experiences that are original and ambitious.

Hampstead Downstairs is ‘London's hidden gem’ (Time Out). In this intimate 90-seater studio, brand new plays are previewed by a wide range of emerging, mid-career or fully established talent for only £10/£12 – or a fiver if you’re quick enough. Downstairs shows have gone on to open on Hampstead Theatre’s Main Stage, the West End and on tour around the country, overseas and even free streamed via the Internet.

When our work succeeds to the point that demand outstrips supply – and we enjoy regular sell-out seasons – a season in the West End can allow a wider audience to see our work – as well as offering a chance for our regulars to see it a second time!

The Festival at Hampstead Theatre offers a truly unique opportunity to understand theatre and live performance like never before. Audiences of all ages will be able to enjoy a real taste of the mystery and excitement of theatre whilst discovering a deeper understanding of how a creative idea goes from the page to the stage across a range of mediums.