Hampstead Theatre

Hampstead Theatre

Hampstead Theatre
Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage


Please note: the location shown on the map is an approximate location of the theatre. In the majority of cases the theatre will be marked on the map so please make sure you locate the exact location yourself. If the theatre is not shown on the map please make sure you locate the correct road name and take account of the directions.

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Hampstead Theatre Information

Getting There

By Tube

If you arrive at Swiss Cottage underground station, on the Jubilee Line and leave the station at Exit 2 you will see the theatre directly in front of you.

Finchley Road is around a 10 minute walk along Finchley Road. Finchley Road station is the Metropolitan line.

By Train

Finchley Road and Frognal – the Richmond to Stratford line stops here. Directions as above when you exit the station.

Alternatively, South Hamspstead is the Watford to Euston line. This station is approx. 9 minutes walk to the theatre; exit right onto Loudoun Road and then turn right at Hilgrove Road. When reaching the Finchley Rd turn left and Eton Avenue is on the right, the other side of the Swiss Cottage roundabout.

By Bus

Bus numbers C11, 13, 31, 46, 82, 113, 187, 268 all service the theatre.

By Road

There is very limited parking in the area of the theatre, as the area is mostly residential. However, if you do decide to drive, you will find parking at the Regency Car Park, which is by the Odeon cinema which is the other side of the A41 to the theatre – on the right as you are heading into central London on the A41 just between the two sets of lights at Swiss Cottage.

Alternatively, the closest NCP car park is situated at Park Road, London, NW1 6XU.

You can also plan your journey using Transport for London journey planner https://tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/

In The Area

If you are making a day of it and going to the theatre on a Wednesday there is a Farmers Market every week between 10.00am and 3pm on Eton Avenue.

Cash/ATM – HSBC at 122 Finchley Road; Barclays at 131 Finchley Road; Nat West at 106 Finchley Road; Lloyds at 145 Finchley Road.

Drinking – Ye Olde Swiss Cottage is located the other side of the A41 south – on the “island” between A41 north and A41 south. The pub serves food as well.

Eating – Bradleys (which has won the Michelin Bib Gourmand Award since 2009) is located a couple of minutes from the theatre at 25 Winchester Road. There is Portuguese cuisine available at Silmar's Taste located next to the station on Eton Avenue.


The theatre offers an Access Membership Scheme, which is free to join and then allows members to book concession tickets without proving eligibility every time. You can contact the theatre direct by email regarding this access@hampsteadtheatre.com. This scheme is very kindly supported by The Barracuda Group, who are retail specialists in executive search and interim management.

The theatre offers a wide range of services for all access visitors. There are lifts to all levels, with level access seats available. Wheelchair spaces are provided in the main auditorium and “Downstairs”. Please let the theatre know if you require a wheelchair space. Accessible toilets are on all levels and there is a drop counter at the Café Bar and box office. Assistance animals can be catered for and are welcomed.

Audio described performances are usually available and large print or audio brochures can also be supplied. There is an infra-red hearing system, equipment can be requested, with a returnable deposit of £10.

Food & Drink at The Theatre

Currently the Hampstead Theatre Café Bar is closed, and will reopen in September 2015.

About the Theatre

Hampstead Theatre has been around for over 50 years now. The theatre focuses on original, entertaining and ambitious theatre. When Chariots of Fire appeared on stage, it was a first – the first time a stage had been turned into an Olympic Park.

Originally based in “a hut” the theatre is now based in the newest theatre in London. It was built for the 21st century and gives the opportunity for creative flexibility and the abilty to take their work to a wide range of mediums/audiences.


Over the past 55 years many world famous actors have appeared on stage here including Jude Law, Rowan Atkinson, Felicity Kendal, Tom Conti, John Malkovich, Edward Fox, John Hurt, and many, many more, too numerous to mention them all here.

In the early years Harold Pinter was pretty much a permanent fixture and he tried and tested a whole host of his plays, including The Dumb Waiter & The Room.

The current 325 seat theatre was built in 2003. The main stage is very flexible and can be adapted to be an Olympic Stadium, a courtroom, supports grand opera & intimate productions. “Hampstead Downstairs” is a studio theatre which seats approximately 80 people – this seating is unreserved.
Some notable productions are: Edward Fox in Country Dance; John Hurt in Ride a Cock Horse; John Malkovich in Burn This; Jude Law in The Fastest Clock in the Universe.

Hiring Space

It is possible, on occasion, to hire various spaces at the theatre. For example, occasionally The Rehearsal Room, which is a large space with its own kitchenette and a sprung wooden floor can be hired. The theatre can provide spaces to hire, with catering and event management services. If you should be interested in hiring a space at the Hampstead Theatre, please contact their events team on 020 7449 4179 or email them on events@hampsteadtheatre.com

New Talent

The theatre seeks to find new talent, new plays & new writers. If you have a script you would like to send to them you can check out the details on their website www.hampsteadtheatre.com. Note that there are a range of processes and procedures to follow, so please look before submitting your masterpiece.