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Hampstead Theatre

Hampstead Theatre specialises in new writing, and has developed a progressive strategy to join up outreach work to the core artistic practice. The organisation has a strong commitment to regional producing partners, and local community activity. Our funding supports core costs. 

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £869,567
  • 2013-2014: £889,567
  • 2014-2015: £912,696

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Wonderland Trailer

★★★★ The Telegraph | ★★★★ The Times | ★★★★ Guardian | ★★★★ The Independent | ★★★★ Evening Standard | ★★★★ Daily Mail Click here for more information and tickets - http://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2014/wonderland/ The Midlands, 1984. Two young lads are about to learn what it is to be a miner, to be accepted into the close camaraderie and initiated into a unique workplace where sweat, toil, collapsing roofs and explosions are all to be met with bawdy humour. London, 1984. A conflicted Tory MP, a brash American CEO and an eccentric maverick are the face of a radical Conservative government preparing to do battle with the most powerful workforce, the miners. As the two sides clash, the miners fight for their livelihoods and families, and the government for its vision of a free Britain. Together they change the fabric of the nation forever. Marking the thirtieth anniversary of the Miners' Strike, Beth Steel's epic and witty drama takes a 360 degree look at the clashing ideologies during the Strike in 1984 and presents the full sweep of the turbulent events that transformed the country -- from the corridors of Westminster, to pitched battles with the police, to the coal faces of Nottinghamshire. A finalist for The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for Best New Play, Wonderland is Steel's second play following the critically acclaimed Ditch (Old Vic Tunnels). Hampstead Theatre's Artistic Director Edward Hall directs following Sunny Afternoon (Hampstead) and the sell-out hit Chariots of Fire (Hampstead/West End).

The cast of In The Vale Of Health interview the cast of In The Vale Of Health

We grabbed In The Vale Of Health cast members Gethin Anthony, Jamie Ballard, Imogen Doel and Tom Mothersdale between performances and asked them to interview each other about the plays... In The Vale Of Health runs on Hampstead Main Stage 28 May - 14 June. Click here for more information and tickets - http://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2014/japes/ 'My only regret is that Simon Gray is no longer alive to see his magnum opus staged with such love and panache' ★★★★ Charles Spencer, Telegraph 'Bruisingly tragicomic... and richly satisfying' ★★★★ Paul Taylor, Independent This extraordinary collection of Simon Gray 's work, three unseen plays and one revival, performed under the umbrella title, In the Vale of Health, which refers to the Hampstead hamlet where all four plays are set, offers a unique experience five years after the writer's death. See 1, 2, 3 or all 4 plays featuring the same characters -- brothers competing for the love of the same woman -- but each telling a different story with astonishingly different outcomes. Simon Gray's dark comedy Japes, directed by Peter Hall, enjoyed a successful run in the West End in 2001. Watching rehearsals, the playwright realised the characters might have made different choices and arrived at a different ending, so he set to work on Japes Too. Concerned that he had still only told one side of the story he then set down Michael. But the characters continued to haunt him so he kept writing, and Missing Dates is a further attempt to put them to rest.

Wonderland: Meet the cast

Meet the cast of Beth Steel's new play Wonderland and get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at their research trip which took them 140m underground down a coal mine at the National Coal Mining Museum. Wonderland is running at Hampstead Theatre 20 June - 26 July. Click here for more information and to book tickets - http://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2014/wonderland/ The Midlands, 1984. Two young lads are about to learn what it is to be a miner, to be accepted into the close camaraderie and initiated into a unique workplace where sweat, toil, collapsing roofs and explosions are all to be met with bawdy humour. London, 1984. A conflicted Tory MP, a brash American CEO and an eccentric maverick are the face of a radical Conservative government preparing to do battle with the most powerful workforce, the miners. As the two sides clash, the miners fight for their livelihoods and families, and the government for its vision of a free Britain. Together they change the fabric of the nation forever. Beth Steel's epic drama takes a 360 degree look at the clashing ideologies during the Miners' Strike in 1984 and presents the full sweep of the turbulent events that transformed the country -- from the corridors of Westminster, to pitched battles with the police, to the coal faces of Nottinghamshire. A finalist for The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for Best New Play, Wonderland is Steel's second play following the critically acclaimed Ditch (Old Vic Tunnels). Hampstead Theatre's Artistic Director Edward Hall directs following Sunny Afternoon (Hampstead) and the sell-out hit Chariots of Fire (Hampstead/West End).

Writer and Director introduce Wonderland

Writer Beth Steel and Director Edward Hall talk about the inspiration behind Wonderland and bringing this epic story to life on stage. Wonderland will be playing on Hampstead Theatre's Main Stage 20 June - 26 July 2014. Click here for more information and to book tickets - http://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2014/wonderland/ he Midlands, 1984. Two young lads are about to learn what it is to be a miner, to be accepted into the close camaraderie and initiated into a unique workplace where sweat, toil, collapsing roofs and explosions are all to be met with bawdy humour. London, 1984. A conflicted Tory MP, a brash American CEO and an eccentric maverick are the face of a radical Conservative government preparing to do battle with the most powerful workforce, the miners. As the two sides clash, the miners fight for their livelihoods and families, and the government for its vision of a free Britain. Together they change the fabric of the nation forever. Marking the thirtieth anniversary of the Miners' Strike, Beth Steel's epic drama presents the full sweep of the turbulent events that transformed the country -- from the corridors of Westminster, to pitched battles with the police, to the coal faces of Nottinghamshire. A finalist for The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for Best New Play, Wonderland is Steel's second play following the critically acclaimed Ditch (Old Vic Tunnels). Hampstead Theatre's Artistic Director Edward Hall directs following Sunny Afternoon (Hampstead) and the sell-out hit Chariots of Fire (Hampstead/West End).

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Good People West End Trailer

Due to overwhelming ticket demand Hampstead Theatre's sell-out hit Good People, starring Imelda Staunton, will be transferring to the Noel Coward Theatre for a limited run. Click here for more information and to book tickets - http://goodpeopletheplay.com/ ★★★★★ Evening Standard ★★★★★ Sunday Times ★★★★ The Times ★★★★ Guardian ★★★★ The Telegraph ★★★★ Financial Times ★★★★ The Independent ★★★★ The Daily Mail Olivier Award-winning actress Imelda Staunton delivers a 'blisteringly funny' (EVENING STANDARD) tour-de-force performance in the leading role as Margie, a sharp-tongued single-mother on the edge. Hearing that an old boyfriend who has made good is in town, she decides to corner him but when Margie's plan brings unexpected consequences for her and the unsuspecting Mike (Lloyd Owen) both must look to the past to re-examine the choices and secrets that brought them back together. Pulitzer prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire's 'sharp, funny and touching' (DAILY TELEGRAPH) exploration of fate, class and the surprising effects of circumstance is brought to vivid life by Jonathan Kent's five star hit production that's not to be missed.

In The Vale Of Health Trailer

Due to increasing ticket demand Downstairs, all four In The Vale Of Health plays, Japes, Michael, Japes Too and Missing Dates, will transfer to the Main Stage for a limited run of 28 May - 14 June. Click here for more information and to book tickets - http://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2014/japes/ Experience four Simon Gray plays based on the same characters, in the same situation but all telling a different story with opposite conclusions... The accidental death of their parents when Michael and Jason (Japes) were in their teens made them as close as brothers can be: the family home they inherited remains unchanged, part playground, part shrine. But their lives change forever when Michael falls in love with Anita... and so does Japes... and a passionate triangle develops. Simon Gray's dark comedy Japes, directed by Peter Hall, enjoyed a successful run in the West End in 2001. Watching rehearsals, the playwright realised the characters might have made different choices and arrived at a different outcome, so he set to work on Japes Too. Concerned that he had still only told one side of the story he then set down Michael. But the characters continued to haunt him so he kept writing, and Missing Dates is a further attempt to put them to rest. Five years after Gray's death, Hampstead Theatre is delighted to present this extraordinary cycle of his work: premieres of the three unperformed plays alongside a revival of the play that started it all off. Simon Gray is the author of over 30 plays, including Butley, Quartermaine's Terms, Otherwise Engaged and The Common Pursuit. His other writing includes screenplays, novels, and a hugely successful series of diaries culminating in The Smoking Diaries.

Sunny Afternoon West End: Meet the band

We go behind-the-scenes into the Sunny Afternoon rehearsal room and chat to Director Edward Hall and cast members, John Dagleish, Ned Derrington, George Maguire and Adam Sopp about becoming The Kinks. Sunny Afternoon will run at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 4 October. Click here for more information and to book tickets - http://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2014/west-end-sunny-afternoon/ July 30th, 1966, as Bobby Moore lifts the world-cup trophy, a hundred thousand fans in Wembley are singing Sunny Afternoon in unison; the number one hit which rocked the nation that summer. But how did that happen? And how did The Kinks end up not only invading America but also being banned from playing there at the height of their career? Ray Davies' extraordinary life story told with Music and Lyrics by Ray Davies, a new Book by Joe Penhall, Direction by Edward Hall and Design by Miriam Buether, Sunny Afternoon explores the rise to stardom of The Kinks. Set against the back-drop of a Britain caught mid-swing between the conservative 50s and riotous 60s, this production explores the euphoric highs and agonising lows of one of Britain's most iconic bands and the irresistible music that influenced generations.

The Mystae: A backstage tour with Edward Hall

Hampstead Theatre's Artistic Director, Edward Hall, takes a tour of The Mystae cave, meets the cast in their dressing room and even takes a dip in the 'sea'.... Preparing to leave small-town Cornwall for the bright lights of university and beyond, best friends Ina, Holman and Tre arrange one final night together before life, as they have always known it, will change forever. Inspired by Ina's Greek heritage, they gather in a sea cave late at night to perform an ancient ritual -- the Eleusinian Mysteries -- hoping their participation in this rite will cement their friendship forever. But as the waves rise to cut them off and the ritual unfolds, hidden betrayals emerge and they begin to fear that the cave may hold other unimaginably dark secrets... The Mystae is playing at Hampstead Downstairs 13 February - 15 March 2014. Click here for more information and to book tickets - http://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2014/the-mystae/

Hampstead Downstairs: The Mystae Behind the Scenes Trailer

Director Tim Carroll, Designer Georgia Lowe and cast members Adam Buchanan, Alex Griffin-Griffiths and Beatrice Scirocchi give an exclusive insight into The Mystae's incredible cave, the most ambitious set Downstairs has ever seen. Preparing to leave small-town Cornwall for the bright lights of university and beyond, best friends Ina, Holman and Tre arrange one final night together before life, as they have always known it, will change forever. Inspired by Ina's Greek heritage, they gather in a sea cave late at night to perform an ancient ritual -- the Eleusinian Mysteries -- hoping their participation in this rite will cement their friendship forever. But as the waves rise to cut them off and the ritual unfolds, hidden betrayals emerge and they begin to fear that the cave may hold other unimaginably dark secrets... Nick Whitby explores the intensity of adolescent relationships on the cusp of adulthood in this exhilarating coming of age story. Nick returns to Hampstead Downstairs following The Complaint in 2012. Other credits include To the Green Fields Beyond (Donmar), directed by Sam Mendes, the Emmy Award-winning Smack the Pony (Channel 4), and drama documentary Last Flight to Kuwait (BBC). Tim Carroll directed the critically acclaimed Twelfth Night and Richard III starring Mark Rylance, which played at Shakespeare's Globe, in the West End, and is currently a Broadway sell-out. Tim's numerous other theatre credits include Skane (Hampstead Downstairs) and The Merchant of Venice (RSC). The Mystae is playing at Hampstead Downstairs 13 February - 15 March 2014. Click here for more information and to book tickets - http://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2014/the-mystae/

An interview with The Blackest Black writer Jeremy Brock

BAFTA-winning writer of Mrs Brown and The Last King of Scotland, Jeremy Brock, chats to us about the difference between writing for the screen and the stage and his new play The Blackest Black. The Blackest Black runs at Hampstead Downstairs 9 January - 8 February 2014. Martin is an astronomer: a solitary, straight-laced introvert itemising the sky. Abi is an artist: a chaotic, free-spirited extrovert trying to fill the void. But something about the heat and intensity of a space observatory in the middle of the Arizona desert sparks a surprising and passionate relationship between them. And as they struggle to connect, Abi's reckless and un-boundaried nature sets in motion a deeply unsettling and wholly unexpected chain of events... BAFTA winner Jeremy Brock's unconventional love story asks whether the outcome of a collision resulting from the attraction of opposites is inherently unstable. Jeremy returns to playwriting for the first time in over 20 years after scripting many critically acclaimed films including Mrs Brown, The Last King of Scotland and How I Live Now. Michael Longhurst makes his Hampstead Downstairs debut following sell-out hits Constellations (Royal Court/West End), The World of Extreme Happiness (National Theatre) and If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet (Roundabout Theatre, New York) starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Starring Ian Bonar, John Light and Charity Wakefield. For more information and to book tickets click here - http://hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2014/the-blackest-black/

The cast introduce Drawing the Line

Cast members Paul Bazely (Jinnah), Tom Beard (Cyril Radcliffe), Lucy Black (Lady Mountbatten), Silas Carson (Nehru), Tanveer Ghani (Gandhi) and Andrew Havill (Lord Mountbatten) take a break from rehearsals to discuss their characters and Drawing The Line. London, 1947. Summoned by the Prime Minister from the Court where he is presiding judge, Cyril Radcliffe is given an unlikely mission. He is to travel to India, a country he has never visited, and, with limited survey information, no expert support and no knowledge of cartography, he is to draw the border which will divide the Indian sub-continent into two new Sovereign Dominions. To make matters even more challenging, he has only six weeks to complete the task. Wholly unsuited to his role, Radcliffe is unprepared for the dangerous whirlpool of political intrigue and passion into which he is plunged -- untold consequences may even result from the illicit liaison between the Leader of the Congress Party and the Viceroy's wife... As he begins to break under the pressure he comes to realise that he holds in his hands the fate of millions of people. Howard Brenton and Howard Davies reunite following Hampstead's critically acclaimed and sell-out hit 55 Days last year. Brenton's sweeping epic Drawing the Line vividly unfolds the chaotic story of the partition that shaped the modern world. Drawing the Line runs on Hampstead Theatre Main Stage 3 December 2013 - 11 January 2014. Click here for information and to book - http://hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2013/drawing-the-line/

Hampstead Downstairs: Fault Lines Trailer

7.32am. Christmas Eve. Disasters Relief's staff parties are legendary -- but their aftermath cataclysmic. Nick and Abi wake amidst the carnage to breaking news: a massive earthquake has struck Pakistan. Gathering their clothes -- and dignity -- the race with rivals Oxfam begins. Who can be the first to dispatch branded aid in full view of the world media? And how far are they willing to go? With the appalling spectre of last night's antics hanging over everything, the day rapidly spirals into a dizzying web of secrets and lies. Ali Taylor's razor sharp new comedy exposes the dilemmas of working in charity today and asks whether doing good is always the same as being good. Fault Lines is playing Downstairs 5 December 2013 - 4 January 2014. Tickets £5 - £12. Click here for more information and to book tickets - http://hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2013/fault-lines/

Edward Hall introduces Hampstead Theatre's Spring Season 2014

Hampstead Theatre's Artistic Director, Edward Hall, introduces Gina Gionfriddo's Rapture, Blister, Burn starring Emilia Fox (16 January - 22 February) and David Lindsay-Abaire's Good People starring Imelda Staunton (27 February - 5 April). Click here to book and for more information - http://hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2014/rapture-blister-burn/

Hampstead Downstairs: The Empty Quarter Trailer

Dubai seems to offer British twenty-somethings Greg and Holly everything they could want: tax-free income, a brand new apartment and an exotic landscape waiting to be explored. But surviving on the edge of a desert, in a society they don't understand, proves more difficult than they could have imagined. In need of help they turn to fellow expats Gemma and Patrick but they soon start to question why it is they came, and whether they'll ever get home... Alexandra Wood's new play studies the challenges we face in a foreign land, and where or to whom we belong. The Empty Quarter is playing at Downstairs 26 September - 26 October 2013. Tickets £5 - £12. Click here for more information and to book tickets - http://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2013/the-empty-quarter/

Behind the scenes at the Raving photo shoot

We go behind the scenes at the Raving marketing shoot to see Robert Webb, Sarah Hadland, Issy van Randwyck and Nicholas Rowe in action and speak to Head of Marketing, Jess Woodward, and Creative Director, Shaun Webb, about the ins and outs of a photo shoot. Raving is playing at Hampstead Theatre 17 October - 23 November 2013. Click here for more information and to book tickets - http://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2013/raving/

Will Mortimer introduces Hampstead Downstairs 2013 Autumn Season

Hampstead Theatre's Literary Manager Will Mortimer introduces Hampstead Downstairs 2013 Autumn Season including The Empty Quarter, Godchild and Fault Lines. For more information and to book tickets click here - http://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/

21 Questions with... Propeller's Finn Hanlon and Arthur Wilson

We challenge Propeller's Finn Hanlon (Lucentio/Antonio) and Arthur Wilson (Bianca/Curio/Priest) to answer 21 questions on everything from touring with an all-male company and favourite lines to passing out on stage and Elton John. Finn and Arthur are appearing in Propeller's The Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night at Hampstead Theatre until 20 July 2013. Click here for more information - http://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2013/propeller-twelfth-night/

Edward Hall introduces Hampstead Theatre's Autumn Season 2013

Hampstead Theatre's Artistic Director, Edward Hall, introduces Terry Johnson's Hysteria (5 September - 12 October) and Simon Paisley Day's Raving (17 October - 23 November). For more information, and to book, click here - http://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/

Race Backstage Tour at Hampstead Theatre

Hampstead Theatre's Company Stage Manager, Robyn Hardy, gives us a backstage tour of David Mamet's Race. Race is running on Hampstead Theatre's Main Stage until 29 June 2013. Click here for more information - http://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2013/main-stage-race/

Responsible Other Trailer

Daisy is sixteen. She was normal. Now she's just an ill person with a disease no one has heard of. The hospital tells her father Peter that she must travel regularly to London for specialist treatment -- but how on earth will he get time off work? There's one person he could ask for help. Problem is, Daisy's not going to like it... Melanie Spencer makes her Hampstead Theatre debut as writer and director of a bittersweet comedy which examines the complexities of family life. Responsible Other runs at Hampstead Downstairs 2 - 20 July. Click here for more information - http://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2013/responsible-other/

Who are Made By Brick?

Find out a bit more about theatre company Made By Brick who will be bringing Melanie Spencer's new play Responsible Other to Hampstead Downstairs 20 June - 20 July 2013. Daisy is sixteen. She was normal. Now she's just an ill person with a disease no one has heard of. The hospital tells her father Peter that she must travel regularly to London for specialist treatment -- but how on earth will he get time off work? There's one person he could ask for help. Problem is, Daisy's not going to like it... Melanie Spencer makes her Hampstead Theatre debut as writer and director of a bittersweet comedy which examines the complexities of family life. 'A dynamic and thrilling company' Christopher Haydon -- Artistic Director, Gate. Made By Brick create work that explores modern life. Their previous productions include the sell-out run of Chicken at Southwark Playhouse. For more information click here http://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2013/responsible-other/

The making of the Han Dynasty Urns in #aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei

In this short film, potter Joanna Howells can be seen making one of the 42 vases needed for the staging of Howard Brenton's new play, #aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei playing until 18 May 2013. Howells, who works from a studio in Wales, has had plenty of experience producing ceramic ware, but she has never had a commission quite like this one. For those familiar with Ai Weiwei, it might not be too hard to extrapolate which of his artworks would require such a large number of replica props for its realization to the stage, and why this would be such an unusual commission for an artist like Joanne. Dubbed 'the Beijing Andy Warhol', Ai Weiwei receives international recognition for his ground-breaking work and his efforts to effect social change in China. In 2012 ArtReview listed the 100 most powerful people in the art world and put him at number 3. Political activism and headlining work such as his collaboration with Herzog and de Meuron in the design of the 'Bird's Nest' Olympic Stadium in Beijing have brought him worldwide attention, which later intensified when he denounced the Games as a 'fake smile', an allusion to the oppression he claimed lay beneath the public face of celebration. To read the rest of this article please visit hampsteadtheatre.com

Making the Urns in #aiww: The Arrest of AiWeiwei

In this short film, potter Joanna Howells can be seen making one of the 42 vases needed for the staging of Howard Brenton's new play, #aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei playing until 18 May 2013. Howells, who works from a studio in Wales, has had plenty of experience producing ceramic ware, but she has never had a commission quite like this one. For those familiar with Ai Weiwei, it might not be too hard to extrapolate which of his artworks would require such a large number of replica props for its realization to the stage, and why this would be such an unusual commission for an artist like Joanne. Dubbed 'the Beijing Andy Warhol', Ai Weiwei receives international recognition for his ground-breaking work and his efforts to effect social change in China. In 2012 ArtReview listed the 100 most powerful people in the art world and put him at number 3. Political activism and headlining work such as his collaboration with Herzog and de Meuron in the design of the 'Bird's Nest' Olympic Stadium in Beijing have brought him worldwide attention, which later intensified when he denounced the Games as a 'fake smile', an allusion to the oppression he claimed lay beneath the public face of celebration. To read the rest of this article please visit hampsteadtheatre.com

Propeller's Twelfth Night Trailer

Hampstead Theatre is delighted to welcome back Propeller after their sell-out success with Henry V and The Winter's Tale last summer. Led by Director Edward Hall, internationally acclaimed all-male company, Propeller is renowned for combining a rigorous approach to the text with an exciting, physical aesthetic. Propeller engages its audience's imagination and brings fresh understanding to classic plays. It's Shakespeare rediscovered. One of Shakespeare's best loved comedies of love and confusion, Twelfth Night tells a twisted tale of mistaken identity, transformation and deception. With a man playing a girl disguised as a boy, illusion and reality are almost indistinguishable on Propeller's island of Illyria. Dark and delightful, the play asks 'What happens when you fall in love with the wrong person?' and the answer is both beautiful and bittersweet. The Taming of the Shrew will be playing at Hampstead Theatre 2 - 20 July 2013. Click here for more information - http://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/

Propeller's The Taming of the Shrew Trailer

Hampstead Theatre is delighted to welcome back Propeller after their sell-out success with Henry V and The Winter's Tale last summer. Led by Director Edward Hall, internationally acclaimed all-male company, Propeller is renowned for combining a rigorous approach to the text with an exciting, physical aesthetic. Propeller engages its audience's imagination and brings fresh understanding to classic plays. It's Shakespeare rediscovered. In The Taming Of The Shrew two, disguised, competing suitors clamour for the hand of beautiful Bianca whilst gold digging Petruchio agrees to wed her viciously ill-tempered sister Kate sight-unseen. The difference between marrying for love and marrying for money, however, becomes increasingly difficult to judge. This brash, brutal and darkly comic story pulls no punches. The Taming of the Shrew will be playing at Hampstead Theatre 3 - 20 July 2013. Click here for more information - http://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/

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