The modern off-West End theatre has a history of robust productions with wide-ranging appeal.
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.
Under Ed Hall's artistic direction 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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‘I and You’ review
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Ifeyinwa Frederick’s debut play follows three 25-year-olds who set off a wild holiday in Ibiza, only to find ordinary life catching up with them. 'The Hoes' is an outrageous comedy about female friendship and sisterhood, staged at Hampstead Downstairs....Drama Until Saturday December 1 2018
This new comedy is set in a retirement community whose residents refuse to go gentle into that good night. But then management decides to crack down the gin-drinking, prank-playing shenanigans. Dusty Hughes' play is his first for Hampstead Theatre since...Comedy Friday December 7 2018 - Saturday January 19 2019
Ian McKellen: Tolkien, Shakespeare, others …and you!
Sir Ian McKellen turns eighty next year, and marks the occasion by taking a well-earned rest. ONLY JOKING. In fact the unstoppable stage and screen legend will tour a new autobiographical stage show called ‘Tolkien, Shakespeare, others …and you!’ to...Drama Friday January 25 2019 - Sunday September 15 2019