Hampstead Theatre first opened as a Scout Hall in 1959, and was later a portacabin from the 1960s. It wasn't until 2003 that a purpose-built Hampstead Theatre opened. But, with its two venues, it's now a London home for new writing and groundbreaking productions. In fact, early works that premiered at the Hampstead Theatre include Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter, which is due to be revived for the theatre's 60th anniversary. Writers whose works premiered at the Hampstead Theatre include Mike Leigh, Michael Frayn, Debbie Tucker Green and Roy Williams.
The Hampstead Theatre has a seating capacity of 325, but its intimate, cosy theatre has attracted some of the world's greatest stars. Over the years, actors including Jude Law, John Malkovich and Felicity Kendal have all performed in north London. More recently, actresses like Maureen Lipman, Tamsin Greig and Maxine Peake have all been in Hampstead Theatre shows.
Shows from the Hampstead Theatre have also transferred to the West End, including Caroline, or Change and The Moderate Soprano.