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Hampstead Theatre

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  • Swiss Cottage
  1. The Hampstead Theatre auditorium
    Helen MaybanksThe Hampstead Theatre auditorium
  2. Artistic director Ed Hall in the Hampstead Theatre auditorium
    Helen MaybanksArtistic director Ed Hall in the Hampstead Theatre auditorium

Time Out says

The modern off-West End theatre has a history of robust productions with wide-ranging appeal.

Hampstead Theatre has reopened with a full season of plays, with social distancing remaining in place until 11th September

With its versatile main auditorium, the modern building of Hampstead Theatre is home to a host of meaty offerings since it was first founded in 1959, from new work by new playwrights and new work from old ones too. The likes of Debbie Tucker Green, Dennis Kelly and Mike Leigh have all had shows on in the early days of their careers, and the theatre has a history of its robust productions transferring to the West End.

The theatre downstairs is a platform for brand new work from very new writers and companies - that's not reviewed by critics - while the main house is a continued draw for respectable stars such as Roger Allam and Simon Russell Beale.

Grab a ticket for around £10 (concessions) to £35 for main house shows, while tickets in Hampstead's downstairs theatre are usually at the £12 mark. The bar area sells a good selection of hot meals and light bites, in a slightly cramped, but usually pretty buzzy atmosphere.


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What’s on

The Breach

  • Drama

Set in turbulent ‘70s America, this play from Naomi Wallace – the first part of a projected trilogy set in Kentucky – follows 17-year-old Jude, will do anything to look after her little brother Anton, but finds herself out of her depth when his dubious friends open a club in their family basement. Sarah Frankcom directs, her first full-length show for adults since stepping down as head of Lamda. Charlie Beck, Jasmine Blackborow, Alfie Jones, Tom Lewis, Douggie McMeekin, Stanley Morgan and Shannon Tarbet star.

Lotus Beauty

  • Drama

Satinder Chohan’s new play follows five Indian women of different ages and backgrounds, whose lives are joined together by the beauty salon they all frequent. Produced in association with Tamasha, ‘Lotus Beauty’ is directed by Pooja Ghai and stars Anshula Bain, Souad Faress, Zainab Hasan, Ulrika Krishnamurti and Kiran Landa.

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