Hampstead Theatre is situated On Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage, London NW3 3EU.
It’s a translucent structure housing an elliptical zinc clad auditorium.
If you’re coming by bus use the C11, 13, 31, 46, 82, 113, 187 or 268 bus routes. All these buses run to the Swiss Cottage roundabout. Eton Avenue is on the East side of Swiss Cottage roundabout, and Hampstead Theatre is at the Western end of Eton Avenue.
If you’re coming by tube, the nearest stations are Swiss Cottage on the Jubilee line and Finchley Road on the Jubilee and Metropolitan lines. From Swiss Cottage, take exit 2 out of the station, Hampstead Theatre is 50 metres straight ahead. From Finchley Road, turn right out of the station and walk down Finchley Road. Hampstead Theatre is on the left of the Swiss Cottage roundabout. This walk is just under half a mile.
There’s no designated car park, but there’s limited parking available in the streets adjacent to the theatre for non-permit holders after 6.30pm Monday – Friday and after 1.30pm on Saturday. Patrons can be dropped off by car on Eton Avenue outside the theatre’s main entrance.
The entrance is fronted by a pair of glass doors which open outwards. There’s also a push button automatic glass door on the left . As you pass through the main doors into the foyer, there are lit glass panels on either side. There’s soft seating to the right.
The foyer is a bright airy space, about 50 metres square with a glass roof and glass walls on three sides, allowing natural light to flood the area. The space is dominated on the left by a huge zinc clad drum, which houses the auditorium. The drum juts into the foyer and extends upwards out through the glass roof.
You can collect your tickets and headset from the box office which is diagonally to your right, along the right hand wall. Please be aware that there’s a metal pillar half way between the entrance doors and the Box Office. Braille and large print cast lists will be also be available at the box office.
If you would like to listen to the introductory notes, you should collect your headset in good time to take your seat fifteen minutes before the start of the performance.
Programmes can be purchased from the box office or from the ushers circulating in the foyer.
Just beyond the Box Office is the start of the cafebar which runs down towards the south side of the building, along the right hand wall. There are café tables and chairs opposite the bar, to the left of the foyer. To the left of these tables and chairs is a waist high clear glass wall with a handrail along the top. From this position it’s possible to look down to a lower foyer area and to the lower section of the zinc clad drum which extends down.
The toilets are situated through a glass door to the left of the foyer entrance. This door opens towards you. Once through the door walk down the sloping corridor until it levels out. For the ladies toilet take the first turning on the left and immediately on the left is the door for the ladies’ toilet which opens away from you. Opposite this door is an accessible toilet. This door also opens away from you. For the gentlemen’s toilet continue past the turning on the left and the door is the first on the left, which opens away from you.
The elliptical auditorium seats a maximum of 325 on two levels – The Downstairs which seats 255 in one block and The Upstairs housing 3 rows in one block.
To enter the auditorium there are 2 ramped walkways on either side of the zinc drum, leading up from the foyer into the auditorium. The left ramp is situated opposite the Box Office. This ramp is for Downstairs seat numbers one to twelve. The right hand ramp at the other side of the drum is opposite the far end of the bar and is for Downstairs seat numbers thirteen and upwards. At the end of each walkway there is a small lobby area where ushers are on hand to assist patrons with finding their seats.
To get to the Upstairs level there’s a lift in the far right hand corner of the foyer, past the box office and café bar.
Inside the auditorium the floor slopes down towards the stage, with the seating curving round the auditorium in a horse shoe shape. The seats are covered in red velvet and fold up when they’re not occupied. They have wooden arms. The floor is carpeted and the walls clad with timber-slats.
The auditorium can be adapted to the needs of individual productions.
The rear Downstairs seating can be removed to create an open standing area and the rear seating Upstairs can be closed off, reducing the seating to 150 for a more intimate experience.
If you would prefer an aisle seat, this can be requested at the time of your booking, subject to availability
Please note that this information has been supplied by the venue and although every effort has been made to check details, you may still have some queries. In this case, we would ask you to contact the theatre direct for clarification.
Useful Information and Contact Details
At Hampstead Theatre Guide dogs are allowed in the auditorium. Guide dog care outside of the auditorium is available if you prefer. Water can be provided for guide dogs in the café bar.
If you are bringing a guide dog, you will probably have informed the box office on making your booking. However, if you have not, could you please let the theatre know by calling the Access Co-Ordinator on 020 7449 4204.
The cafébar in the main foyer is open 10am to 11pm. A small menu of food is served throughout the day. The bar is fully licensed and hot and cold drinks are available. You can contact the catering team on 020 7449 4205.
Audio described performances (including touch tours) are available for all main house productions.
Large print or audio brochures can be supplied upon request.
If we can do anything to assist you in your visit, please contact our Box Office on 020 7722 9301 or email email@example.com