Located near Swiss Cottage station, the Hampstead Theatre in North London has been a hub of new writing for decades, providing audiences with high quality shows, some of which have gone on to enjoy success in the West End.
The current building opened in 2003 but the organisation as a whole has existed since 1959, with numerous venues and stars crossing its paths. It means that when you witness performers on the stage of the Hampstead Theatre they are following in the footsteps of some of the world’s most respected actors.
Perhaps one of the biggest names to work with the Hampstead Theatre is Harold Pinter, who presented a lot of work for the first time here, and right through to the modern day it has been the testing grounds for some high profile shows.
In recent years audiences might have even caught Sunny Afternoon, the musical of the work of The Kinks, in the West End (fittingly at the Harold Pinter Theatre). This originated at the Hampstead Theatre and is just one of many big shows to make their mark.
Today the Artistic Director is Edward Hall (correct as of June 2016) and prior to him names like Anthony Clark, Michael Attenborough and Vivan Matalon have been in charge. Together they have shepherded a truly special venue and this is likely to continue under more names well into the future.
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