The theatre will reopen for a limited period with a production of Harold Pinter’s play.

(c)Daisy Hutchison

Harold Pinter’s play The Dumb Waiter will reopen the Hampstead Theatre from the 3rd December until the 16th January. Tickets will go on sale from the 14th October.

Directed by Alice Hamilton, the production will mark the play’s 60th anniversary. The play first premiered as part of Hampstead Theatre’s inaugural season in 1960 directed by Hampstead’s founder James Roose-Evans.

The theatre is set to reopen  with 193 socially distanced seats.  Seating will be arranged to ensure there is at least 1 metre plus between seats.  Hampstead Theatre’s building also has the added benefit of state-of-the-art ventilation.  The air in the auditorium and foyer is 100% fresh air introduced from the outdoors meaning none of it is ‘recycled’ air.  The ventilation system draws stale air out and introduces entirely fresh air into the main house auditorium at 5,300 litres per second.  The air in the main house auditorium is changed completely every 4 minutes and 45 seconds.

Talking about the news, Roxana Silbert, Artistic Director of Hampstead Theatre said: “I am so delighted to be able to share this news today.  As Hampstead Theatre, along with our colleagues in live performance, start to find our feet in this ‘new normal’, we are very excited to be able to present Alice Hamilton’s 60th anniversary production of The Dumb Waiter.  When we closed the building on 16th March the set was on the stage and the show was about to open. At that point, we could not have envisaged how Pinter’s brilliant play of two men stuck in a room – their sharp humour, ennui, tensions, – would come to feel so extraordinarily fresh and resonant. We are thrilled at the prospect of welcoming our artists and audiences back into the building and galvanised by the prospect of sharing the communal experience which is unique to live theatre.”

As well as director Alice Hamilton, the creative team includes: designs by James Perkins, lighting design by James Whiteside and composition & sound design by Giles Thomas. 

The Dumb Waiter will run at the Hampstead Theatre from the 3rd December November until the 16th January.