Hampstead Theatre is a leading theatre for new writing which has just celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. We continue to seek out, nurture and promote some of the country's most exceptional theatre talent from a wide range of backgrounds. The early works of Harold Pinter, Michael Frayn, Mike Leigh, David Hare, Stephen Poliakoff (to name but a few) were all premiered by the company.
Based in Swiss Cottage (Jubilee Line, just 10 minutes from Bond Street) we are housed in a state-of-the-art purpose-built theatre with seating in our main auditorium for 325 and in our studio space for 80.
Eton Avenue Swiss Cottage Inner London London NW3 3EU
020 7722 9301
Swiss Cottage (LT)
[TMA] member. Housed for 40 years in a 'temporary' prefab. In 1999, the Arts Council of England awarded the theatre a National Lottery grant of £9.86 million to fund a new building. The new Hamstead Theatre opened in 2003. The Hampstead Downstairs is a studio space dedicated to new writing.
1997, Pretoria Central Prison, South Africa. Psychologist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela prepares to sit opposite the apartheid regime's most notorious assassin. A member of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, she is interviewing Eugene de Kock while he serves 212 years for crimes against humanity, murder, conspiracy to murder, attempted murder, assault, kidnapping, illegal possession of firearms, and fraud. How did he become one of the most reviled figures in apartheid history? Is Pumla able to overcome her disgust and hate for this monster and find the human within? And will he even be prepared to open up and tell an educated black woman the truth? Downstairs
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