Hampstead Theatre, in South Hampstead, specialises in commissioning and producing new writing and supporting the work of new writers.
The original theatre was created in 1959 in Moreland Hall, a parish church school hall in Holly Bush Vale, Hampstead Village. James Roose-Evans was the first Artistic Director, and the 1959–1960 season included The Dumb Waiter and The Room by Harold Pinter, Eugène Ionesco’s Jacques and The Sport of My Mad Mother by Ann Jellicoe. In 1962 the company moved to a portable cabin in Swiss Cottage where it remained for nearly 40 years.
In 2003, the new purpose-built Hampstead Theatre opened in Swiss Cottage. The main auditorium seats 325 people. The studio theatre, Hampstead Downstairs, seats up to 100 people and since 2010 also runs as a development hub for new writing.