WE WANT TO ENTERTAIN WITH ORIGINALITY
Welcome to Hampstead Theatre. We were born in a humble hut over fifty years ago. Our simple mission was to create original theatre without creative restriction. We quickly attracted a generation of talent that helped to redefine British Theatre. That not only entertained but propelled the art form forwards. From Harold Pinter testing out his early plays here to the likes of Mike Leigh, Michael Frayn, Brian Friel and Terry Johnson – to name just a few. Original thinkers, every one.
We’re still driven by the same ambition. To challenge, influence and shape the future of British theatre. To create the future mainstream – entertaining experiences that are original and ambitious. We see ourselves as part of rich tradition that stretches back to the age of Shakespeare. A tradition that mixes craftsmanship with entrepreneurship. Commercial success with critical acclaim. And a creative eye that seeks out variety – from musicals like Sunny Afternoon to mould-breaking plays like The Arrest of Ai Weiwei and Chariots of Fire. We were the first to turn a theatre into an Olympic park.
We left our hut a long time ago and now occupy London’s newest theatre. Purpose built for the 21st century to allow our writers, actors, directors and producers maximum creative flexibility. It’s from this base that we will take our work to the wider world. To the West End. To the Internet. And beyond. Our ambitions are big. We aim to move theatre forwards with new ideas, talent and energy to excite our audiences with the lateral, the fresh and the unexpected. It’s part of our belief that innovation, reinvention and surprise are the lifeblood of true entertainment.
Here’s to the future – it belongs to those who cherish originality.
James Fritz wins the Critics Circle Award for Best New Playwright 2016
Sunny Afternoon wins Best New Musical at The Olivier Awards 2015
Sunny Afternoon wins Best Actor at The Olivier Awards 2015
Sunny Afternoon wins Best Supporting Actor at The Olivier Awards 2015
Sunny Afternoon wins Outstanding Achievement in Music Award at The Olivier Awards 2015
Four Minutes Twelve Seconds by James Fritz nominated for best Affiliate Theatre at the Olivier Awards 2015
Hampstead Theatre wins London’s Best Theatre at The Stage Awards 2014
Beth Steel wins Most Promising Playwright Award at The Evening Standard Awards 2014
WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT US
‘Hampstead is on a roll’ Telegraph
‘Hampstead Theatre has high-flying confidence under Artistic Director Edward Hall’ Evening Standard
‘Hampstead is perhaps the most reliably interesting theatre in the country’ Daily Mail
‘Sparkling scripts and great casts’ Metro
'London's innovative Hampstead Theatre' Vogue